POSE OF THE MONTH: PUPPY POSE

Puppy pose, or melting heart pose, is a beautiful heart opener to stretch out the arms, shoulders and chest, as well as open up the spine, upper back and lower back…

POM 6

 

SANSKRIT NAME

  • Uttana Shishosana

ALIGNMENT & VARIATIONS

  • Beginning in table top position, walk hands out in front, beginning to melt the chest down towards the mat
  • Keep hips stacked directly over knees, hips and sit bones high up towards the sky
  • Chin or forehead to the mat, being cautious of how the neck feels (be careful not to strain the neck)
  • Arms relaxed, shoulders down away from ears
  • Back body, waist, hips and legs relaxed
  • Breathe deeply, every exhale melting the heart a little deeper down into mat
  • Sensitive knees: roll the mat up or place a folded blanket or cushion beneath the knees for extra padding

POM 5-001

BENEFITS

  • Lengthens arms and shoulders
  • Releases tension in shoulders, neck, upper back, lower back and spine
  • Opens up the throat (if chin is on the mat) and chest
  • Mini back-bending action creates space in the spine and upper and lower back, relieving pain or stiffness

WATCH: IN SEQUENCE

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