Published on August 8th, 2016 | by Catherine Tingey0
YOGA SQUAT (Malasana)
Also called Garland pose, I love this posture because it’s grounding, almost everyone can do some variation of it, and it’s a preparatory posture for Crow Pose (Bakasana). If I’m having mild low back pain, this pose and Child’s Pose are great remedies. This is also a great pose for pregnant mamas with back pain!
Did you know that in many countries, squatting is more common than sitting in a chair? Yoga Squat is a great posture to add to your daily practice.
Bring the feet as close together as possible while still keeping the outer edges parallel.
If the heels don’t reach the floor, no worries. Stay on the toes or on a rolled blanket, or folded mat.
Open your thighs slightly wider than your torso.
Bring the outer elbows to the inner thighs or knees and press slightly, hands in prayer.
Keep the weight in the front half of the foot, heels light.
Hold and breathe deeply for 30 sec-1 minute.
Place the fingertips on the floor and press up to Standing Forward Bend.
WORK IN THE POSE
Allow the tailbone to get heavy and release away from the crown of the head.
Soften the shoulders away from the ears.
Elevate the heels on a rolled up blanket or stand on the toes
Opens the inner thighs, hips and groin
Stretches the ankles and works the feet
Stretches the lower back
Tones the belly & improves digestion
- Knee injuries
- Groin injuries