Use 2 yoga blocks – or stacks of books of the same thickness and firmness – to train strength, alignment and stability in the upper body in caturanga.
- Train flexing elbows to 90 degrees carrying own upper body weight (place yoga blocks to touch the shoulders at this height)
- Bring awareness to what needs to be turned on to maintain stable shoulder girdle (active palms, arms, hugging of shoulder blades towards ribcage).
- Work on concentric and eccentric muscle engagement by working in both directions slow – lowering down and pushing up.
- Work with knees down first to build upper body strength – chest, upper back, triceps – before layering in lower body work.
The detailed work needs a whole workshop to run through! These are some ideas to stimulate your awareness in your personal practice.
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