DANCER | NATARAJASANA
Natarajasana translates to “ Standing Bow”. In this pose, you want to create a strong tension between your back leg and upper body, as if your legs are the bow and your torso the arrow. This pose teaches you to stabilize your legs and gain an overall greater sense of balance and poise.
From Samasthiti, bring your left arm up to the sky and roll your right hand open so your palm is facing forward.
Bend your right knee and bring your right foot up from behind. Reach your right hand back and grab the inside of your foot with your thumb pointing up. Bring your knees together.
Set your gaze and take a moment to establish your balance and dial into your center line of gravity. Inhale, lift your heart center high, then reach forward with your left arm as you lift your back leg.
Come to the point where you can hang from your back leg.
Extend and straighten your back leg as much as you can. Set a soft, steady, determined gaze forward and hold for 5 breaths.
Maintain strong action in your legs as the bow.
Launch your upper body forward, but keep your chest a little higher than your hips.
Extend your front arm and reach forward through your fingertips. Press into the standing leg.
Spread the toes of the upper foot. Fuse your eyes to one point and breathe.