November 13, 2017


The Little Prince and the pilot, after having found a water well, began to obtain water to drink.
“The men where you live, raise five thousand roses in the same garden, and they do not find in it what they are looking for”, said the Little Prince.
“They do not find it, and yet what they are looking for could be found in one single rose, or in a little water”, said the pilot.
…”Yes, that is true. But the eyes are blind. One must look with the heart”… said the Little Prince.
In addition to opening the chest, strengthening the spine and stretching the entire front body, this invigorating pose reduces stress and anxiety, and stimulates the mind. Like the basic Bow pose, padangustha dhanurasana opens the Anahata (heart) chakra, which is associated with love, openness, compassion, empathy, forgiveness and acceptance.
Never forget open your heart to life!

PADANGUSTHA DHANURASANA – BIG TOE POSE

Bow pose, most people will try, but this advanced variation where you hold the toes makes our back arch so much, it might feel like It’s breaking in half. This pose is best done on an empty stomach, and really works on increasing flexibility in your spine.
Padangustha dhanurasana or big toe bow pose also improves your posture while enhancing your flexibility. It stretches your neck and pain helping ease back pain. If you are constipated, this pose will help regulate your bowel movements. One of the most impressive benefits of this pose is that it stimulates the reproductive organs of a person and beats stress and fatigue. Apart from that, it is know to strengthen and stimulates the reproductive organs relieving menstrual pain and discomfort. Lying down bhadrasana can also help relieve menstrual pain.

TECHNIQUE
Lie on your stomach with your arms by your side, palms facing upwards.
Roll your shoulders onto your back so that the heads of your arm bones lift off the floor and the shoulder blades move towards each other. Bend both knees so that the feet move towards the buttocks.
With as little twisting as possible grasp your ankles with your hands, You can flex your feet to make a handle. Avoid holding the foot itself.
Exhale and contract through the abdominal region in order to lengthen the lower back and bring support to the spine. Inhale and lengthen out through the crown of your head. At the same time, keepingthe knees hip width apart, press the feet back and up, gradually increasing the back bend, keeping the spine long. Maintain the supportive contraction of the abdominal muscles to counter any pressure going into the lower spine.
Hold for 5 breaths or more.
Exhale and slowly release the feet. Lie quietly for a few moments.
Repeat it desired.

BENEFITS
Expands chest and shoulders
Mobilizes spine
Stretch hip flexors and core musculature
Stretch front of shins
Strengthen gluteus muscles of the hip and hamstrings at the back of the thigh
Strengthen low back musculature
Relieves some forms of low back pain
Therapeutic for asthma, opening accessory muscles of breathing

CONTRAINDICATIOS
Do not perform this pose if you have any neck or back injury.
Avoid this pose if you have a hernia or a heart problem
Do not practice this pose if you have high or low blood pressure
Do not try getting into the pose if you have a headache.
Also avoid getting into the pose if you have had an abdominal surgery or are pregnant.

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

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