Looking to up the ante in your yoga practice. Well here is a doozie. It is called the Dancer (Natarajasana in Sanskrit). It was sent in by sugar user Claudia and she is no yoga poser. She is an actual yoga instructor based in Chicago. I love that she is doing yoga outside and wearing her power orange top.
Since this pose challenges your sense of balance it helps to quiet the mind (and it probably helps to have a quiet mind before you start too).
Here's a few tips:
- Really, push your foot into your hand to help balance the pose.
- Pick what element of the pose you want to focus on - balance or opening the hip.
- To help with balancing, focus on a stationary spot and hold your gaze there. Concentrating on a steady spot will help to steady you.
You should try to hold for 5-10 breaths.
The pose looks harder than it is, but there are many ways to modify it