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Strike a Yoga Pose: Dancer

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

Join The Conversation
yoyogee yoyogee 9 years
I want to get back into yoga. But think I will have to work up to that one. It looks crazy, in a cool way.
DStirk DStirk 9 years
omg. I could never do that pose. She looks awesome! I'm off to get my camera for a rocking upward dog :)
lpyle79 lpyle79 9 years
This pose is especially hard when doing bikram yoga. Of course, in bikram yoga you swaet in places you didn't now you had. The slippage can be quite hazardous. But you feel like a million bucks afterwards.
Fitness Fitness 9 years
5 seconds is not bad, the falling on the face, however, is not so good. Hold onto something for balance. The more you do it the easier it is.
lpyle79 lpyle79 9 years
I can do this pose, for about 5 seconds, then I fall on my face!
Fitness Fitness 9 years
I want all you sugar users out there to send photos of you doing your favorite, most fabulous yoga poses. Maybe you want to send in the most challenging pose you feel you have finally conquered. If I think other folks would like it, learn from it, and/or love it. I'll use it. Thanks.
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