Poses That Challenge Me The Most

Visvamitrasana – Pose Dedicated to Sage Visvamitra


This pose is really fun and really challenging, it may not be accessible at first because it does require a lot of strength, but can be done with a partner to make it a whole lot easier. Visvamitrasana is a variation of side plank, however what would be your bottom foot in side plank is actually floating behind your weight baring arm. So in words that sounds weird, but if you take a look at the picture of BKS Iyengar doing the pose, you can see what I mean. So this pose requires even more arm strength than normal because your leg is pushing into it, so not only is it weight baring, but there is another force pressing into it, your leg! If you can get past the huge amount of strength it takes, it is actually a very nice strength, both in the lifted leg and the torso! So if this pose isn’t readily accessible to you, you can either place the back edge of your weight baring foot onto a wall and that will give you very minimal support, OR get a friend to help you. If a friend is helping you, they are going to lift and internally rotate your weight baring leg’s thigh, while grounding/stabilizing the shim of your weight baring leg. This doesn’t sound like a whole lot of help, but try it out, you’ll definitely be surprised with the automatic lift you get from that assist! This pose is extremely challenging and definitely requires a lot of warm up, but it’s super fun to practice, especially with a friend! The stretch this pose gives me makes me LOVE it, but the strength it takes definitely makes it a challenge for me, but that’s why I practice it!

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