Ashwa Sanchalasana or runner pose is one of the most common poses in yoga practice. It naturally activates the first, second and sixth chakra. It strengthens and aligns the legs, opens the hip joints in extension and flexion, helpful for sciatica and massages the digestive and reproductive organs. Here are a few tips to consider for this pose.
- Make sure the front foot is positioned between the hands and knee is in alignment with the ankle.
- Hug muscle to bone as you extend the back leg lifting the knee from the earth.
- Lift up through the fingertips or rest hands on blocks.
- Check the pelvis is square and level in relation to the torso.
- Create a straight line of energy from the back heel through the spine to the crown of the head.
- Stretch the body in opposite directions - front shin forward and back heel backward.
- With each inhalation, draw the breath up through the sole of the back foot into the hips and pelvis, with each exhalation allow the breath to open and expand and open the pelvic area.
- Soften and relax the mind.
Mary Jane Kasliner