Parsvottanasana – Pyramid Pose
This month pyramid pose will be featured. Pyramid pose is such a great pose because there is a strengthening happening, as you’re stretching, and not only that, but it’s a great detoxing pose. Pyramid pose is a great warm-up for the hamstrings and can even be an intense hamstring opening pose. I love that you can amp up the intensity of the stretch simply be folding forward more (as long as the spine continues to lengthen). It’s quite easy to forget about the quadriceps as you’re lengthening the hamstring, but it’s such a great opportunity to strengthen the quad by squeezing it here. Not only is it a great opportunity for strengthening, but the simple action of engaging the quad protects the hamstring of that leg! While you’re folding forward it is likely that you’ll feel a nice stretch in your back! It gets better! If you’re flexible enough to fold forward completely, simply breathing pushes the side of your torso into your thigh which stimulates the abdominal organs and improves digestion! What a perfect pose to practice in January!
-From tadasana, take a step back with your left foot about three feet in length, bringing the left foot to about 45 degrees
-Keep your hips parallel to the top of the mat, inhale your shoulders up and back, hinge from your hips and fold forward as far as you can while keeping your spine long (rather than rounding your spine).
-Bring your hands to blocks or the floor depending on how far forward you folded. Stay here for about five breaths.
-When you’re ready to come out of the pose, come back to tadasana at the top of your mat and switch sides.