In this video tutorial, I will be demonstrating how to properly do Kurmasana (Tortoise Pose, from the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series), while following the correct count and vinyasa.
A lot of Ashtangis struggle with getting into Kurmasana using the correct vinyasa. It is definitely a little tricky, but in this video, I break it down, with simple tips on how to jump in and lift your heels off the ground.
Here are 3 Simple Tips:
1. Keep your hips LOW as you jump forward
You don’t need to jump up high to get into this posture. Keeping the hips low actually sets you up perfectly to wrap your legs around your arms. Keep the tailbone tucked to help keep the hips low.
2. Bend the elbows as you jump forward
When they’re bent, the arms act as a shelf for your legs, making it easier to jump into the asana and maintain the correct vinyasa.
3. Make sure your arm stays under the knee as you straighten the legs
Your feet won’t lift off the floor if your arms are too far behind the shoulders. Having your arms too far back might even lift your hips, which will cause strain in the low back. When the arms are right under the knee and extended straight out to the side, the heels will come off the floor, and the lower back is safe!
I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!
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