NYC-based yogi Kristin McGee sees many students focused on the action of strenuous pushing in yoga with very little pulling in the mix. For example, in Chaturanga, you should make the effort to pull your shoulder blades together on your back rather than just pushing the floor away. The same goes for Downward Dog; as you push away the floor with your hands and feet, you should also feel like you're drawing up (or pulling in) energy from the floor while engaging your entire body. This little tip will definitely shift your perspective with at least one pose.
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