This new-ish variation of #standingsplit
is a hybrid of binding and the pose itself. It deepens the forward fold, stretches the quads, and certainly challenges balance. I had to futz with it to find this entry point. As always, be warm, be playful, and be on a soft mat when trying new balances. [ ☝️Don’t forget you can hit the hashtags below to see insta pics of the warm up poses & old tutorials from me.]
👉🏽First, warm up to a standing split with your hands wide and with the fingers pointing back.
👉🏽 Add some quad lengthening asanas, like #twistedmonkey
, or the simple runner’s stretch I show here. 👉🏽Practice your bind. Practitioners love to bind in #sideanglepose
- which is good, but the #lizardpose
bind often called “airplane” is more akin to this asana. [check out my tutorial for #airplanepose
to get there.]
👉🏽 From standing split, step back into short lunge with you back heel down for stability.
👉🏽Use your hand behind the standing shin to nuzzle the shoulder behind the shin.
👉🏽 Plant your hands wide again, and hop your heal to your seat.
👉🏽 Bend the standing knee a touch, giving you a chance to hold the foot with the bound hand. You free hand should stabilize you.
👉🏽Slowly point the bent knee UP, while turning your gaze in the opposite direction.
👉🏽 Enjoy the view! 🌅