Monday, September 9, 2013

Mysore Yoga Strap Intermediate Flight Plans

Once You Feel the Wind Under Your Wings You May Want to Try These Poses

Mysore Yoga Strap: Intermediate Flight Plans
Meghan Loggia, yoga teacher at the Living Seed in New Paltz, NY, aerialist and radiology student, shows us some ways to use the Mysore Yoga Strap that will help you to experience these poses as never before. For this blog to make complete sense familiarity with the material on this webpage helps.
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Mysore Yoga Strap: Backward Hang with Legs Extended
Like a bird leaving the nest for the first time the pose above does not go far from the standard backward hang. Simply spread your legs to let this flight begin. Stretching the big muscles in the legs and buttox while tractioning the spine is an awesome combination for lower back health!
MysoreYogaStrapSuspendedPigeonPose Mysore Yoga Strap: Suspended Pigeon Pose
What a pleasure to stretch the thighs, hips and psoas without the pressure of gravity. You can really choose the degree of stretch and not have to work so hard ;--) Again starting with a standard backward hang simply let one leg drop back and reach for it with your hands. If you can only reach the foot with one hand that is OK too! This is a beautiful pose as you emulate a proud peacock who is happy to be flying upside down.
Mysore Yoga Strap: Suspended Scorpion Pose
Starting from a forward hang reach down and walk the hands forward. Be careful not to push up too much with your hands or you may start to slip out of the strap. Of course you are in a position where you can gently glide down if that does happen. This is a wonderful pose for working on your backward bend and your upper body strength at the same time.
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MysoreYogaStrapSuspendedFullForwardBend Mysore Yoga Strap: Suspended Full Forward Bend
Starting from a forward hang with the strap set higher than it would be for scorpion, reach down and grasp the legs. You will find it is a completely different stretch than when there is gravity on the legs as in the standing version or weight on the buttox as in the seated verstion. Full Forward Bend Suspended floats in a way this normally very grounded pose has always wanted to.
Mysore Yoga Strap: Angled Rotation Flight Simulation
One of the things I most like to do on the Mysore Yoga Strap is to lean my weight into it and let it support me, close my eyes and just glide around. It really feels like flying and is exhilirating and soothing at the same time. Many of the poses can be enhanced by rotating as you do them. I'm not sure why but that soaring feeling is sweet and spinning is just plain fun.
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MysoreYogaStrapSuspendedTriangle Mysore Yoga Strap: Suspended Triangle Pose
It is sometimes challenging to find equilibrium with one limb supported by the strap. It adds a whole new dimension to balance poses. Another variation from this position is to bring the hand by the foot up to the strap on the side opposite the first raised hand. Now the hips and torso are squarely forward. Here you can work on your split while being able to adjust your weight going into the stretch by how much or how little you pull up on the strap.
Mysore Yoga Strap: Suspended Chataranaga
Flying Crocodile was never like this before. One way to get into it is to slide through from a Forward Hang. Another is to do a jump back into the strap. The higher the strap the more the challenge!
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MysoreYogaStrapSupportedShoulderstand Mysore Yoga Strap: Supported Shoulderstand Pose
In Supported Shoulderstand the Mysore Yoga Strap takes some of the weight off your shoulders. It also lets you work on your Angled Shoulderstand with less weight on your arms. This angle is also easier on the neck than traditional Shoulderstand. Get into it by doing a Shoulderstand and leaning the legs in or by doing a Back Hang and oozing down the floor before forming your Shoulderstand.
Mysore Yoga Strap: Suspended Relaxation Pose
What could be better after an hour of working out on the strap than to bend your knees and land for a few minutes while gaining many of the benefits of inversion that include iIncreased blood flow to the heart and brain, reduced pressure in the legs and feet, immune boost from stimulating the lymphatic system and the mental stimulation that comes from the world being upside down.
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Mysore Yoga Strap: Suggestions For More Advanced Poses
What bored already? Just kidding. You don't really have to be yawning to be excited to see the road ahead. I was with Meghan the whole time she was on the strap but there are poses in this next set that I can't even remember how she got into them, much less can I explain them. It is lots of show and very little tell. I call it. Mysore Yoga Strap: Soaring to Great Heights
For basic instruction and purchase information please go to the Mysore Yoga Strap page at Yoga Life Style.

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