Hurdlers Pose – Mommy’s Yoga Challenge

Since I am coo-coo and like Crow Pose it’s no surprise that Hurdlers Pose is the next stop on the Mommy’s Yoga Challenge. Hurdlers also relies on arm strength, open hips and utilizing your core muscles. When warming up for the pose you want to focus on stretching these muscles with low lunges (Crescent Moon), planks and Pigeon pose.

To begin, start in three-legged downward dog.

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Next, flow into runner’s lunge with your right foot out wide pointing away from your body and fixed just outside the mat. Bending your right arm, wedge your elbow under your right thigh, basically shoving your tricep into your hamstring until your thigh is resting on that tricep shelf. Bring your left hand shoulder width and even with your right hand. Be sure to keep your fingers spread to maintain balance throughout the pose.

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Your left elbow and waist will eventually make contact. So the next step would be to gently lower your body onto your elbows and the shelf that has been created by your triceps.

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Just as in Crow Pose fixate your gaze on a spot for balance and concentration. Once you have your spot of focus, lift your right foot from the ground.  Now press into your hands, lean your weight forward, and lift your left foot off the ground so you’re balancing on both hands equally.

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Stay here for five breaths to seven breaths, then lower your feet to the ground. Step your right foot back and take plank or back into downward dog. Sound the applause because you just conquered the Hurdlers Pose!

 

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