500 hour yoga teacher training intensive courseBy Sanjeev Patel, CYT 500

The following two Yoga postures will help your students reduce stress, relax, meditate, and increase mobility. In just getting up and down off the floor, regularly, our students may retain mobility for life. When we add the benefits of Yoga asanas to the mix, students gain many benefits from this sacred practice.

Perfect Posture (Siddhasana) – The right leg is folded and the heel brought in against the perineum. The left leg is also folded, the left heel is pulled back against the pubic bone, and the outer edge of the left foot; sole upturned is inserted in the fold, between the calf and thigh, of the right leg.

The thighs and knees, of both legs, are kept flat on the floor. The right palm is on the right knee, and the left palm on the left knee. Sit firmly on the buttocks and legs – keeping the head and backbone poised in a vertical straight line.

Cobbler pose (Baddha Konasana) – This is an excellent groin- and hip-opener pose. Sit with your legs straight out in front of you – raising your pelvis on a blanket, if your hips or groins are tight. Exhale; bend your knees, pull your heels toward your pelvis, then drop your knees out to the sides and press the soles of your feet together. Bring your heels as close to your pelvis as you comfortably can.

Clasp each hand around the same-side ankle or shin. Sit so that the pelvic area in front, and the tailbone in back, are equal distance apart from the floor. The perineum will then be (approximately) parallel to the floor and the pelvis will be in a neutral position. Firm the sacrum and shoulder blades against the back, and lengthen the front torso through the top of the sternum.

These asanas may seem rather simple to Yoga teachers, but look at what we do, through the eyes of a child. Your students have not been to 1001 Yoga teacher training programs and certification courses. Try to remember your first taste of your favorite food. It was new and very pleasant at the time. This is how beautiful we should make every Yoga class we teach.

© Copyright 2010 – Sanjeev Patel / Aura Publications

Sanjeev Patel is a certified Yoga teacher and an exclusive author for Aura Wellness Center.

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