Half Frog gives you a reliable release in the muscles attached to your sacrum. You may experience a gentle opening or softening through your hip crease or through the muscles connected to your pubic bone. This indicates you are also getting a tailbone release, but a tailbone release is not reliable in Ardha Mandukasana. It is important to begin your Svaroopa® practice with a reliable tailbone opening pose.
This pose is especially effective as a lower spinal release because your legs are going in two different directions. This provides a widening of your sacrum on your bent leg side. On the side of your bent leg, allow your body to settle deeply into both the lateral thigh angle and lateral rotation and notice the effect that has on your sacrum and low back. This pose also provides a gentle extension through the front of your extended thigh acting as a counter pose to a forward bend pose.
This pose can be done with or without a blanket platform. If you are not sure, have your teacher check your angles in class. There are some things you can check in your own body that indicate a blanket platform will serve you best. If your neck or low back hurts, if the hipbone of your extended leg presses uncomfortably into the floor, or the hip crease of your bent leg aches bring in a blanket platform. The minimum number of blankets for your platform is two and the maximum is six.
This pose relieves the cause of low back pain, constipation, and menstrual problems by taking pressure off your internal organs. It is also good for reducing anxiety and stress!
Date: June 10, 2014
Categories: Yoga News