Svaroopa® Foundations Pose of the Month
SUPTA GARBASANA – Reclining Child’s Pose
These next few months we will be focusing on marker poses as our Pose of the Month. The marker pose is used to give a before and after experience to your practice. Do your marker pose in the beginning of your core opening sequence and then again at the end and notice if your maker pose changes. Then you have a deeper experience and understanding of the inner openings that come from a Svaroopa® Yoga practice. You learn to recognize how your practice serves you on multiple levels of being.
Supta Garbasana is used as a marker pose and often as a transition pose too. It is a great introduction to the principle of letting your legs soften. This is important because softening your legs makes more weight lean through your hips, pelvis, and sacrum allowing them to sink more deeply into the floor. This principle is more fully developed in reliable spinal release poses.
When practicing Supta Garbasana, you may get a tailbone or sacrum release, depending on the angle of your lower spine. When your sacrum is flat on the floor, the pose may create a release in your sacrum. When your sacrum is “floating”, the pose may create changes in your spine through your waist area, but what you need is the lengthening of your spine through your waist in the front of your spine like the changes in Lunge. The back of your rib cage may soften and lengthen, which opens up your breath. Your neck may lengthen on its own. However, none of these changes are reliable. You may be feeling some of these changes while someone else may be feeling something different or nothing at all.
This pose is soothing to your low back and can be valuable when it is achy. It massages your internal organs. It can release tension in your sacrum and give a related release through your skull, sinuses, jaw, eyes and headaches.
Give it a try and see what you become aware of. Do you notice any of these changes? Do more Supta Garbasana!
Date: September 7, 2014
Categories: Yoga News