November 12, 2017


In this chapter the Little Prince feels the satisfaction for the fulfilled duty…Finally after all his stories from his heart and in a disinterested way, the pilot manages to understand what the Little Prince explained to him…
…”I have always loved the desert. One sits down on a desert sand dune, sees nothing, hears nothing. Yet through the silence something throbs and gleams”… “ What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well”…said the Little Prince.
…”Yes”…”the house, the stars, the desert, what gives them their beauty is something that is invisible”… What I see here is nothing but a shell. What is most important is invisible”…said the pilot.

HANUMANASANA  –  MONKEY POSE

This pose is named after the lovable Monkey God. Hanuman represents courage, strength and devotion which are the very qualities this posture offers to one that practices it on a regular basis. Hanuman, as the son of Vayu (wind), was known for his giant leaps using his back leg to propel the jump, and the other leg stretched to the front to guide the way. Hanumanasana or the front splits, is an advanced posture that needs to be practiced in a modified version, until the openness of the shoulders, hips, lower back and hamstrings come with ease. This can be acquired with patience and consistent practice, along with utilizing other postures to open these areas of the body.

TECHNIQUE:
First put down your both knees on the floor, note that your knees are flabbily apart.
Place the palms to the floor on each respective side of the body.
Begin to stretch the left leg to the front and the right leg to the back, keeping full support with the hands. This can be done on an exhale.
The front, left foot is pointed straight, while the back, right foot lies on the arch, toes pointed to the right. This is one version of this pose. For an alternative version the front foot stays the same, but the back foot rests on the dorsal  (top) surface of the foot, toes pointed straight back.
Take note of the shoulders and release any tension or constriction in this area. The shoulders are distally related to the hips, and therefore releasing tension in the shoulders is essential for opening the hips.
Slowly continue to straighten the legs as the pelvic area sinks to the floor. Once again the hands are being used to support most of the weight as you ease cautiously into the posture.
Once the legs are fully straight and the pelvis sits on the floor, the hands can rest on the finger tips besides the body; or alternatively the palms can be placed together at heart center. The weight is completely on the legs and the pelvic region in the full pose.
Stay in this position for 10 slow and steady breaths through the nose.
Once you are ready, place the palms flat to the floor, lift the hips and switch the legs so the right leg is in front and the left leg back. Stay in for 10 steady breaths.
If the full pose is not happening to begin, make sure to practice this posture daily, along with similar postures to open up the hips, hamstrings, lower back and shoulders.
Use props if needed, as you train the body to open up to the posture.
Hanumanasana is not a fundamental yoga stance, and it takes serious practice to play out the split. When you rehearse Monkey Pose at first, you can utilize a cover under your lower legs and knees to make it more agreeable. Increment the length of the middle by squeezing the back foot into the floor. Daily practice is needed coz it is very intense pose, so without practices of basic asana don’t do this posture immediately.

BENEFITS
Hanumanasa is a grounding pose that is useful to reduce Vata or excessive wind in the body and mind. It massages and encourages blood flow to the pelvic region including the groin, the reproductive organs, the colon and the lower back. Hanumanasana, being a Vata-reducing posture, also helps to relieve gas, bloating, constipation and sciatica. It is said to improve flexibility and tone the legs, especially the hamstrings and the outer thigh muscles (aka abductors). Even though the main area of stretching lies in the legs and hip region, the shoulders also must learn to relax and open in order to come into this posture with ease.
Promotes grounding and stability
Reduces Vata imbalance
Relieves gas, bloating and constipation
Releases emotions and tension being held in the hips, legs and pelvic region
Beneficial in sciatica, although should be eased into the postures with caution
Nourishes reproductive organs
Opens and relaxes the shoulders
Awakens flexibility in the leg muscles
Tones the legs
Beneficial posture for runners
Promotes courage, strength and devotion

CONTRAINDICATIONS
Hamstring or groin injury
Lower back pain  (perform with caution)

Photo 📸 by : Gabriel Machado  /  MACHADO CICALA MORASSUT

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