November 9, 2017

…”My life is very monotonous”, said the fox. “I hunt chickens, men hunt me. All chickens are just alike, and all the men are just alike. And in consequence, I am a little bored. But if you tame me, It will be as if the sun came to shine on my life.

I shall know the sound of a step that will be different from all the others. Others steps send me hurrying back underneath the ground. Yours will call me, like music, out of my burrow…”

…” And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly: what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

To tame is “ a thing to forgotten”. It means “to establish ties”, to convert the other into a unique being in the world, the love of friendship makes discover the value of the one whom one loves, and this makes love itself a source of value. This asana provides a balance both physical and emotional, the opening of the body symbolizes generosity, both necessary to enjoy full friendly relations.


Vasistha literally means “most excellent, best, richest.” Vasistha is the name of several well=known sages in the yoga tradition. There’s a Vasistha numbered among the seven (sometimes 10 or 12) seers (rishis) or lords of creation (prajapatis), and a Vasistha who’s author of a number of Vedic hyms. He’s also said to be the owner of the fabulous “cow of plenty”, Nandini (delight), which grants his every wish and accounts for his infinite wealth.

The classic plank gets a gorgeous face-lift as you strengthen your core (with special attention to your obliques) and tone your shoulders, legs and gluteus. But this pose tends to scare off people with tight hamstrings and hips.
1 – Start in a pushup position. Keeping your core engaged, shift your weight onto your left arm and foot. Rotate your torso, stack your right foot on top of your left, and raise your right arm toward the ceiling. Look up at your right hand, and hold. Slowly return to a pushup position: repeat the other side.
2 – From 1, bend your right knee and place your foot on the upper thigh of your left leg (you can assist your leg with your hand), toes pointing toward your left foot. Raise your right arm as you push your left inner thigh into the sole of your right foot to keep your hips lifted. Hold, release, and repeat on the other side.

3 – From 2, reach your right arm toward your right foot (keeping your arm on the inside of your leg), and grab your big toe. Gently extend your foot toward the ceiling, straightening your leg as much as you comfortably can. Hold slowly release, and repeat on the other side.
Finally, from 3, draw your shoulder blades back and down and extend your right heel toward the ceiling, straightening your leg as much as possible. Press the outside of your left foot and palm into the mat and keep your core tight. Hold, then slowly release and switch sides.

Beginner’s Tip
Beginners often have a difficult time sustaining this pose, even with the soles pressed to a wall. Perform Adho Much Svanasana with your heels up on a wall. Measure the distance between your right foot and right hand, then step the foot halfway to the hand. Keep the right foot on the floor for support and turn the toes out to the right. Then shift onto the outside of the left foot, press the sole against the wall, and turn onto the left hand as described above. In this position the bent leg will provide some extra support. Step back to Adho Mukha Svanasana at the end of your stay, then repeat to the other side.

Modifications and props
In order to increase the strength and stability of this pose, it’s helpful to work it with your soles pressing against a wall. Perform Adho Mukha Svanasana with your heels up on a wall, the balls of your feet on the floor. When you shift onto the outside of your left foot, press the sole against the wall. Similarly, when you stack your right foot on top of the left, press that sole to the wall. Then in the pose, push your heels actively into the wall.

Builds arm and shoulder strength.
Stretches and strengthens your wrists.
Strengthens your abdomen and legs.
Improves balance and coordination.

Photo 📸 : Gabriel Machado   /   MACHADO CICALA MORASSUT 🙏🏻💙✨

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