Happy April, yogis! Our pose of the month is Eka Hasta Vyaghrasana or One- Handed Tiger Pose!
Eka = One; Hasta = Hand; Vyaghra = Tiger; Asana = Pose
Tiger Pose mirrors the deep stretch a tiger takes when it wakes up. It is a super delicious spinal lengthener and backbend. Use this posture to stretch out your entire front body, from your ankles all the way through your thighs, abdomen, chest, and up to your throat! The one handed variation deepens the opening across your chest and into your shoulder joint.
Here we added a variation with the back knee lifted into a bound down dog. We also added Simhasana Pranayama or Lion’s Breath to increase the purifying benefits of the pose.
1. Come to a table top position with your shoulders stacked above your wrists and your knees stacked beneath your hips.
2. Engage your abdominal sheath and extend your right arm forward and your left leg back.
3. Bend your left knee to a 90° angle and reach your right hand back for your left ankle.
4. Actively kick your left foot into your right hand to open your chest.
5. Look down at your left thumb for balance. Kick firmly with your left leg and root firmly through your left shoulder as you tuck toes on your right foot into your mat. Use the tension that you’re creating, activate your core and draw your right knee off of the mat.
6. Take a deep inhale through your nose. As you exhale, cross your eyes and stick out your tongue making a “haaaaah” sound at the back of your throat.