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style: Anatomy, Vinyasa, props

duration: 60 min

Props for Parsvottanasana

Props for Parvottanasana

We explore the openings needed to work into Parsvattonasana. Working with the wall, chair, bolster, blankets and blocks, we explore the neck and shoulders and how to work in ease into the asana. Parsvottanasana is a great pose to prepare for inversions, forward and backbends. It is an intense leg stretch and hip strengthener.

Working with deep inner groin opening to explore the hip rotation and shoulder opening required to move into this deep standing twist with some ease. We use the wall, backless chair, bolsters, blankets and blocks to reveal the body as we explore what is needed to move into this asana.

Parsvottonasana is an intense side stretch pose. The foundation is in the legs, and the challenge is firming the hips forward. The front quadricep is engaged and back leg firmly planted, pressing femur back and outer thigh forward. The body above the waist is moving in the opposite direction of the lower waist. While the lower body is firmly rooted, the upper body is lengthening forward and evenly across the waist. Shoulders lifting up and away from ears with the neck lengthening forward.

You may be surprised at what is required in stability, mobility and equanimity!

Cora Wen

Over the past 25 years, Cora Wen has built her reputation as an internationally acclaimed yoga practitioner and teacher.

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