Spiritual Awakening: advanced yoga poses | day 28

“Meditation is the weight room for the mind.”

 

Wall-assisted forearm stand

Sanskrit: Pincha Mayurasana

How to do it

 

Start on all fours, with your head facing the direction of the wall. Place your elbows on the floor and come down to your forearms.

 

Bring them parallel to one other, shoulder-width apart. Tuck your toes, lift knees, and reach hips up and back into Dolphin Pose.

 

Broaden across the chest and gaze at the floor between your forearms. Step one foot in a few inches. Lift the other leg up and straight back.

 

Bend the knee of your grounded leg. Hop off that foot and send both feet up to the wall. Squeeze your inner thighs together and reach heels up toward the ceiling.

 

To come out of the pose, bend your knees and use your core to bring your feet down to the ground. Take a few moments to relax before returning to your practice.

The benefits

 

This is a deep shoulder opener, making it a great preparatory pose for backbends. As an inversion, it also helps improve circulation.

 

Do your practice and all is coming.