May the 4th be with You today! Because we speak so much to energy and energy lines in class, yoga and The Force pair together nicely. In Star Wars, Obi Wan explains The Force to Luke as “an energy field created by all living things that surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds the galaxy together.” If we think of ourselves as just a small piece on this larger energy grid, we can begin to use energy in our yoga practices to control our behaviors, soothe our emotions, and motivate us to live our very best life both on and off the yoga mat.
This month we’re bringing you flying cobbler’s pose, mostly because when you’re floating on a block in this way, it makes you feel like a little meditating Jedi.
Accessing Flying Cobbler’s Pose:
- Start in baddha konasana or “butterfly” with the soles of your feet touching and your knees splayed open to the outsides
- Warm up your feet and ankles by using your hands to massage your feet open, so that the tops of your feet begin to rotate up toward the ceiling
- Place a large block on the floor at the flat wide width, and then place your feet on top of the block so that the outside edges of your feet rest directly at the center
- Come up on to your fingertips with one hand in front of the block and the other hand back behind your hips for support
- Use your abdominals, the lift of your hips, and the momentum from your arm at the back to launch up and forward with your hips and chest
- Take a moment to get acclimated as you balance your weight on top of your feet and ankles
- Your shoulders and chest should be slightly in front of your hips to keep balanced
- Don’t forget to breathe!
Benefits of Flying Cobbler’s Pose:
- Stretches inner thighs, groin, and knees
- Stimulates heart and improves general circulation
- Conquers fear by being suspended on the block