Get 2020 off to a flying start with the Lord of the Dance pose
So, you’ve said farewell to 2019 and you’re now ready to unleash your cosmic energy into 2020 – what next? This is a big year for transformation, so what better way to do so than trying out the Nataraja (or Lord of the Dance pose) in your yoga routine? This gem requires a bit of balance, but its benefits more than make up for the need to practice. It will help to strengthen your legs and ankles whilst stretching your shoulders, chest, thighs, groin and abdomen, where we hold emotional tension. Balance on one leg, stretch with one arm, and reach out with the other, ready to grab the positive energy for the year ahead. Happy New Year!
1 Hold yourself upright in the Mountain Pose, standing up straight with your arms by your side and palms facing outwards. Hold your weight on your right foot, and lift your left heel towards your left buttock as you bend your knee. Push your right thigh back, into the hip joint, and pull your knee cap up to keep your standing leg strong.
2 Keep your torso upright, and reach back with your left hand to hold your left ankle. To avoid pain in your lower back, be sure to lift your pubic bone towards your navel, and press your tailbone to the floor.
3 Gradually bring your left foot away from the floor as well as from your back and torso. Stretch out your left thigh behind you, and move your right arm forwards to balance.
4 Remain in the pose for as long as you can, ideally around 30 seconds. Then slowly release the hold on the foot, and move it back to the floor. Repeat for the same length of time on the other side.
Don’t miss our next mindfulness practice in our February issue, on sale 23rd January 2020