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Yoga Pose Of The Week: Master Your Alignment With The Crescent Pose

Yoga Pose Of The Week: Master Your Alignment With The Crescent Pose

A classic yoga pose used in a lot of Vinyasa flow sequences. It’s all about lifting the back heel and setting up the torso! Great easy pose for beginners and a good homework pose for intermediate yogis wanting to master their alignment.

FOUNDATION

  • From your downward dog lift the right leg in the air and swing it up in between the hands
  • Making sure your front knee stays in line with your ankle
  • Stay on the ball of the back foot and lift your arms up towards the sky
  • Lift the back heel up so the heel stacks above the toes
  • Keep a little micro bend in the back knee to protect the knee joint
  • Tuck your pelvis under and switch on your core by pulling your belly button in towards your spine
  • Keeping the shoulders down away from your ears reach the finger tips up towards the ceiling, keeping the hands and arms activated
  • Gaze straight ahead and relax your neck

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BREATH

  • Inhale leg up
  • Exhale step the foot in between the hands
  • Inhale arms up into your crescent pose

BENEFITS

  • Releases, strengthens and opens your hips
  • Improves balance
  • Strengthens your knees and ankles
  • Builds muscle strength and resilience in the thighs

Sammy Veall owns and runs Yoga 213 with studios in Bondi Junction, Sydney and South Yarra, Melbourne.

Photography by Deanna Geralch.

Written by Sammy Veall

Sammy Veall is The Carousel’s resident Yoga Teacher and owner of Yoga 213 studios in Melbourne and Bondi, which specialise in hip hop yoga, a technique Sammy proudly introduced into Australia. Sammy is trained in Vinyasa, Hatha and Niyama hot yoga and is a regular authority on all things yoga related, appearing in Women’s Health magazine, Yoga Journal and The Age newspaper. Sammy is also the Ambassador for Diabetes Australia and The Carousel is thrilled to welcome Sammy Veall as our resident Yoga Teacher, bringing fun, technique and a host of healthy mind, body and soul benefits to www.thecarousel.com fans every week.

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