Just as Tadasana or mountain pose is the foundation for all of the standing poses, Dandasana or ‘staff’ pose is so for the seated forward bends and twists. The staff in this case refers to the spine – the body’s central axis and this postures offers a wonderful way to test your bodies alignment…
How to do it…
1. Simply sit up against the wall – you may find this is harder than you think, so you can sit on a support if this eases any over exertion in your hips or hamstrings. The sacrum and the shoulder blades should touch the wall, but not the back of the head.
2. Sit towards the front of the sitting bones and grow up from the pubis and the tailbone.
3. Without hardening the belly, firm the thighs, rotate them slightly towards eachother and imagine drawing the inner groins towards the sacrum.
4. Stay in the posture for as long as you can – and feel the energy you are creating travelling up and down your spine – the staff. Breathe long and deep and imagine stretching and lengthening the muscles in your body.
Use Dandasana to help you stand tall and face the day and it challenges. Feel your body lengthening and notice where you hold your tensions in life.
Here’s some of our recommended ones happening soon.
Dynamic Beach Body & yin Yoga with massage Healthy Holiday(Non yogi’s can come also we simply knock off the yoga fee).
Dates – 26th – 30th April 2011
Cost – €750
6 Day Yoga in the Village Retreat with James DeMaria
Dates – April 26th – 1st May 2011
Cost – €280
1 month Still Flowing Yoga Teacher Training
Date – 28th April – 27th May
Cost – €1700 for non-residential (Tuition fees only) €2800 for residential course