#AprilIntentions Day 12 (hosted by me): Eight angle pose (Astavakrasana)
This pose is pretty intense on the hips, so I really would suggest you warm up your hips before attempting! A quick warm up of the body with a few sun salutations would also help prep your body for an arm balance. Some poses that you can warm up your hips with include:
- Pigeon pose
- Lizard pose
- Crescent lunge
- Happy baby
- Wind relieving pose
- Wide legged child’s pose
- Bound angle pose
If arm balances is not in your practice yet, feel free to choose *any* of the preparatory pose here as your pose of the day! Remember, do what your body feels good for you <:
Pictorial guide to get into eight angle pose:
1. Start off by slowly cradling your leg from side to side, warming up your hips and preparing yourself for the arm balance.
2. Place your thigh as high up your triceps as possible, as that will be your leverage for your arm balance later. That’s where your hip flexibility comes in! The higher you can place your thigh on your tricep, the easier it’ll be. Use a towel if you find yourself slipping off your tricep!
3. Bring your bottom foot to join the top foot, such that the ankles are hooked on to each other. Place your hands on the ground and spread out your fingers.
4. Slowly lift your butt off the ground, use your chaturanga arms (elbows form a 90 degree) so that you can rest your top leg on top of your tricep - your tricep acts as a nice shelf for your top leg! Squeeze your legs together and on to your tricep, shift your gaze downwards, and keep breathing. The harder you squeeze your legs together, the easier it will be!
If you’re worried about falling on your face, place a cushion in front of you as a crash pad. Similar to crow pose or almost any arm balance, you really need to tilt your weight forward so that your butt can lift off the ground.
If you can’t get this, don’t be discouraged. Recently I wrote a pretty lengthy post on some of the exercises that you can work with to improve your arm and core strength, so check that out if you haven’t!
Feel free to take any modifications provided above, and do what your body feels good for you. Good luck and I look forward to all your posts today! <3