Nicole Peradotto Owns Running Man Pose

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Please meet Nicole Peradotto.  She is this month’s Mind Body Flow Yoga newsletter featured student.  Nicole has a beautiful yoga practice and was generous in sharing it with us as she demonstrates Running Man pose (Eka Pada Koundinyasana II).

What’s This Pose About?

This is an arm balancing pose.  The resulting shape of the posture will have Nicole low to the ground with her arms bent and her elbows over her wrists.  On one side her leg will be be kicked out sideways with the thigh resting on the back of that side’s elbow.  On her other side her leg will kick backwards. Watch Nicole enter into this asana from Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana).  She will as well exit the pose back into Downward Facing Dog.
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Here are a few things to keep in mind if you decide to try this yoga pose, or if you have already started to experiment and play around with it.

Tips

  • Engage your core
  • Bring your shoulder blades together and down
  • Do not let your head hang

Benefits

  • Focus on the wrists and strengthens the arms
  • With a proper abdominal lock this asana will tones, massages and cleans the abdominal organs
  • Strengthens the spine

Caution

  • First time trying this pose, start with your legs supported.  Ask your instructor or a partner for help.  If on your own make sure to use a bolster or yoga block.  If at home use a chair or firm cushion.
  • Do not attempt if you have back, wrist or arm injury.

Have you tried this pose before? What has been your experience?

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