Hi everyone! I’m super excited to be participating in Tina and Kate‘s Yoga Pose May challenge, as yoga has become one of my favorite physical activities (aside from running, of course!). The pose of the day today is “staff” pose, which is a strength pose. There are a few variations of the pose, but after perusing Yoga Journal online my interest was piqued by the four-limbed staff pose, or chatarunga dandasana. According to the site, staff actually refers to the spine, or strength of the body, which makes sense, as this pose definitely requires a lot of strength! I still have a little lower to go on my chatarunga but I’m getting there!**
To start, come into downward facing dog by placing your feet about six to eight inches apart, your booty in the air and your hands on the ground (pants on the ground?) out in front of you. Your weight should be evenly distributed in your hands and feet. Make sure that all five fingers are pressing into the ground, and really try to extend your shoulders so that your back is long. Your tailbone should be pressing back towards the wall behind you. I’m working on being able to get my feet flat on the ground. Almost.
Then, continue towards the ground and sort of push through and up into upward facing dog or cobra pose. I always go with upward facing dog.
Optional- take a picture with your yoga assistant afterwards. Bailey does a mean downward dog but I can never catch him in action!
And now for the winner of my Yoga Journal Subscription/Luna Bar Giveaway: Comment number 5, Danielle of Coffee Run! Danielle, email me your mailing info (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I’ll get the package sent your way! Also, are Luna Bars vegan? If not, I will grab some other type of fun bar for you. Thank you to everyone for participating in the giveaway and thanks for reading!
**Disclaimer- I’m not a yoga instructor nor am I a certified personal instructor. This post is merely a demonstration of how I interpret the staff pose. 🙂