No one can deny that this yogi push up is a power pose. It requires focus, strength, stamina, and the fire of your commitment. It builds muscles from the wrists and hands, into the arms and upper back and throughout the core. When done with attentive alignment for a complete mindful breath (or more) there is such a fierceness and dedication required that staying present is not optional. Unfortunately, we often rush through with the mindset of getting this pose done and being quick about it because if you really think about it… Who really likes this pose anyway?
The common, yet quick approach to Chaturanga Dandasana invariably leads to the creation of misaligned and habitual movement patterns. Because of this Chaturanga Dandasana is one of the primary poses that contribute to repetitive strain injuries (RSI) in yogis. Wrist issues, of the carpal tunnel variety, and shoulder issues, such as rotator cuff tears, often arise when Chaturanga is done repeatedly in misalignment over time. Over time being the key element here. Don’t despair, not all is lost, with awareness, education and practice we can prevent our own future suffering, work towards our own transformation and become more awake through the process.
Here are a few of the most common misalignments I see in the yoga classroom:
Interested in pose study? Consider joining a Yoga Teacher Training course at Soma Yoga Institute and immerse yourself into an alignment based approach to pose analysis. We take time to build our proprioceptive awareness and educate and re-educate our bodies. As we step into this process the invitation for all is to let go of perfection and instead develop in the art of self- honoring with a compassionate heart.
Many thanks to Amanda and Casey, both students of the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, for modeling and to Krina for taking the pictures.