The little prince crossed the desert and met with only one flower. It was a flower with three petals, a flower of no account at all. The flower had once seen a caravan passing.
“…Where are the men? The Little Prince asked. “…”Men? she echoed. “I think there are six or seven of them in existence. I saw them, several years ago. But one never knows where to find them. The wind blows them away. They have no roots, and that makes their life very difficult.”…
“…What a queer planet!, he thought. “It is altogether dry, and altogether pointed, and altogether harsh and forbidding. And the people have no imagination, They repeat whatever one says to them…On my planet I had a flower, she always was the first to speak…”
Bird of Paradise will indeed teach you the value of drishti (gaze) by increasing your ability to concentrate during chaotic situations, because with so many transitions during this pose, maintaining steady focus is crucial. It will help you to cultivate balance and patience, that’s important things to live plenty. What do you think about it?…
SVARGA DVIDASANA POSE – BIRD OF PARADISE POSE
The Bird of Paradise is not a bird at all, but a flower that symbolizes the entire tropical plant genus. The unusually beautiful shapes and colors of the petals look like a bird taking flight. Similarly, Svarga Dvidasana celebrates asymmetry and is a creative expression of a mash-up of Tree, Extended side angle, and extended hand-to-big-toe pose.
Unlike the effortless beauty of the flower, this challenging asana pushes the edges of shoulder and hip flexibility, and requires a tremendous amount of physical and spatial awareness in order to maintain stable footing.
Come to stand in the centre of the mat, in Tadasana with hands joined at the palms in Namaste and take a few breaths here to connect the body with the breath.
Keeping the feet a few feet apart stand with extending the spine upwards and raise your hand yp above your head as you inhale and go forward as you exhale to go into Uttanasana, and place the palms on the floor besides your feet.
Remain Uttanasana for about 6 breaths, and as you exhale take the torso deeper down and neck and face deeper inside towards your thighs.
Bring the right hand from the front and take it inside out through the right leg and from behind interlock the left hand bringing it from around the waist while bending the knees a bit.
With the hands interlocked around the right leg, raise the right leg slowly with inhalation from the floor and bring the torso upright taking the weight of the lifted leg into your interlocked hands and exhale standing upright.
Make sure the hip is square, while doing this and with another inhalation, lift the right leg completely taking it towards your right side extending it out while flexing the hips.
Take a deep breath and work on the interlocked hands to get a better balance and grip and slowly throw the chest out while taking the shoulder behind. Gaze ahead pulling in your tummy and using the core muscles maintain the balance.
Make sure the leg that is stretched is fairly straight and not bent too much at the knee, as this will not help you balance well. Slowly gaining confidence stretch the leg out completely, pointing all the right foot toes upwards for a better stretch at the hamstrings, calves and quadriceps of the extended leg.
Remain in Bird of Paradise with right leg up for about 4 breath or more, and slowly work on deeper extension with every exhalation. If one needs support to start with, using the wall to keep the raised leg can be useful or placing one hand on the wall to help raise the leg is also another alternative.
Release from the pose slowly inhaling and bending the right knee and placing the foot on the floor down and go back into Uttanasana with feet a few inches apart.
Remain here for few breaths and relax the hips and the leg completely.
Now bring the left hand from front and take it through the left leg and with the right arm from around the waist interlock them behind the left thigh.
Inhale and raise the left leg up slowly and taking the weight of the left leg into the arms, bring the torso up and upright squaring the hips.
Inhale again and slowly extend the left leg out completely throwing the chest out while taking the shoulders behind you. Remain in Bird of Paradise pose with the left leg out for about 4 breaths or more depending on the body comfort.
With every exhalation try and go deeper with the stretch at the legs and the arms along with the chest while the tummy is pulled in using the core strength.
Release from the pose, bending the leg as you inhale and relax back in Uttanasana.
One could repeat this again to get a better understanding of the posture along with the body and breath.
While in this pose, watch for the breath, using both the diaphragm a and the abdominal muscles to get better balance.
Bird of Paradise pose, has many advantages or benefits that are related to the outer physical body in terms of strength and stability, but the importance of this posture from the inner physical body talks about the vital organs and their functions.
Active heart pumping: The strength in getting into the pose is not only to do with the muscles alone but also requires the heart which is a muscular organ in us to pump blood better through the blood vessels to hold the leg within the interlocked hands, The pumping of the heart through the blood vessels of the circulatory system is improved with the good flow of oxygen. Hence Svarga Dvidasana demands awareness of breath using the lungs in this case.
Acjtivates the lungs with increased capacity: The expansion and contraction of the diaphragm helps in expansion of the lungs. During exhalation (breathing out), the diaphragm relaxes and during inhalation (breathing in) the diaphragm expands, helping the lungs to therefore expand. This process is put to maximum during the practice of Bird of Paradise, as the contraction of the diaphragm muscle plays an important role to lifting the leg up while still remaining in balance to hold the leg high up.
The entire system of the body is activated: No doubt all yoga poses have an impact on the entire human body keeping all the organs from within active with practice. Here, while going into the pose and remaining in the pose , the entire human system like endocrine system, the nervous system, respiratory system, the circulatory system, the reproductive system, the digestive system, the immune system and the urinaty system are all active with the right kind of contraction of the various muscles with the proper flow of oxygen throughout the body.
Extension of the spine for better flow of prana: In Bird of Paradise Pose, the extended leg forces the torso to remain fairly straight, and this comes with practice. Here with the torso being straight, the hip are forced to be square, which helps the easy flow of prana from the base of the spine to the entire body through the well connected nerves. This keeps the spine fit and active reducing the blockages around the spine for easy flow.
Stretches all the muscles in the human body: the deep stretch of the leg which is being raised, opens the hip adductors and the gluteus maximus. The leg that is balancing the body the lower leg muscles like the calves, the arms holding the legs in interlock, where the biceps and the triceps are. The core strength muscles and the abdominal muscles to get the body in balance. In this pose, the entire body muscles are contracted to gain energy to hold the body in the pose.
Opens the hips and the lower back improving flexibility: With the deep extension of the legs flexing the body at the hips and keeping the lower back muscles contracted, it opens and clears any kind of stiffness while in the pose and with practice this improves the flexibility of the hips. No doubt one needs to have flexibility of the hips to master this pose, but repeated practice of this pose keeping the body awareness, helps to opens the hips deeper for more advance level poses.
Improves the balance of the body with awareness : No yoga pose can be mastered without awareness. And once the awareness is mastered the body feels light while in any posture, and this same rule applies to Bird of Paradise pose. The awareness of the movement of the body becomes essential to gain better balance with the connection of the breath and hence this pose gives room for the same.
Improved balance calms the mind and reduces anxiety: This pose being an advance level balancing pose is standing position, works wonders for those who have a flexible body but needs to work on the awareness to calm the mind. A generally fit body can master this pose, keeping the focus and stability in mind.
Improves the posture of the body with the deep stretch of the muscles: Svarga Dvidasana, requires focus, and this helps one to remain in balance for sometime in this pose. Keeping the back and the hip straight with the chest thrown forward and out, anyone with a drooping posture can gain from the practice of the pose.
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