What’s This Pose About?
*If you have any medical concerns, talk with your doctor before practicing yoga.
This is a balancing pose. The resulting shape is a deep opening through the shoulders, chest, thighs, groins, and abdomen. Watch our students below enter into this asana from Mountain Pose (Tadasana). They will exit the pose and land back in Mountain Pose (Tadasana) as well.Here are a few things to keep in mind, if you decide to try this pose, or if you have already started to experiment and play around with it.Ask your teacher on tips to explore this pose.
Tips for Dancer’s Pose (Natarajasana)
Here are a few steps to keep in mind, if you decide to try this pose, or if you have already started to experiment and play around with it:
- Shift your weight onto your right foot, and lift your left heel toward your left buttock as you bend the knee. Press your right thigh bone back, deep into the hip joint, and pull the knee cap up to keep the standing leg straight and strong.
- Begin to lift your left foot up, away from the floor, and back, away from your torso. Extend the left thigh behind you and parallel to the floor. Stretch your right arm forward, in front of your torso, parallel to the floor.
- Stay in the pose for 3 to 5 deep breaths. Then release the grasp on the foot, place the left foot back onto the floor, and repeat for the same length of time on the other side.
Benefits of Dancer’s Pose
- Stretches the chest and shoulders
- Stretches the thighs, groins, and abdomen
- Strengthens the ankles and legs
- Improves balance
Caution for Dancer’s Pose
Do not practice this pose if you have a recent or chronic ankle or low back injury.Also avoid this pose if you are currently experiencing low blood pressure, dizziness, migraines, or insomnia. Always work within your own range of limits and abilities.If you have any medical concerns, talk with your doctor before practicing yoga.Have you tried this pose before? What has been your experience?See the class schedule and start your yoga practice.