ROOSTER POSE

This is the pose developed from a Lotus and a dedicated Crow pose practice. After several thousand goes of both, it is indeed time to step up to the mat and get on with it. In this instance this involves getting your Lotus on, or up as it were. Enter the Rooster, the moment you have been waiting for! Remember way back when you were first exposed to the wonder and mystery that was yoga; perhaps it was at the circus or at a yoga conference. Now I reveal the secrets of this posture.

HOW TO PERFORM

• After spending several thousand hours practising opening your hips to grant your knees the honour of al- lowing the lotus to rise from the mud of your form, it is time to rise up onto your hands and knees, remembering to touch your knees to your wrists in the process (index fingers extended directly forward as a landmark from which you spread your fingers and thumbs out evenly).

• Lean completely forward and by means of deep breathing from your inner core and through your throat (with your tongue pressed gently to the roof of your mouth of course), exhale into a lifted flexed position. Continue with an inhalation that slides your knees up the back of your arms from your wrists towards that frontier above your elbows, accom- plished from your complete bandha (inner thighs, central pelvis, lower abdominals, ribcage and throat mus- cles) having been switched on from your correct exhalation of awakened source power.

RECAP

Take Lotus pose. Place your hands down and rise up. Touch your knees to your wrists. Exhale, lift and flex core and spine. Inhale and patiently slide the knees up the arms, pulling from the abdomen. It’s o.k. to fall back on to your asana (use a cushion the first 108 times). God(dess) Speed.

BENEFITS

• Elongated core awareness and bal- ance.
• A true sense of general power.
• A taste of the lightness of being that awakens your source power.

• Inner awesomeness management (with a healthy dose of humility).

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