Day 11 for #yogabums with @allykat_yogi is Dolphin Pose ~ Makarasana. This is such a great pose to build strength in preparation for forearm balance. Check back with me later for tomorrow’s pose, which is another great forearm strength-builder. @yogiphotogjo @tyneedncer @yogashalawaterdown @sandra_thornburg #yogafundamentals
Dolphin pose is wonderful because it’s a great hamstring stretch if you push back on your heels as well as a nice core work out if you shift your weight onto your forearms. I’ve been doing it more recently, trying to work up to headstands and other more complex inversions.
Forearm Downdog, aka Dolphin Pose, is a favorite of mine. This pose is a serious opener for the chest and shoulders, as well as the hamstrings and calves. Dolphin Pose also strengthens the legs, arms and abs as well as helps with sciatica. After spending a few breaths in it to relax and open, I often like to turn it up a notch with some Dolphin push-ups. Join me tonight at 7pm for Vinyasa at Karen Lord Pilates Movement where we’ll explore our this pose and so many others to both strengthen and stretch our way into an amazing Monday.
This is my first time doing this pose, but I’ll be sure to add it in to my regular practice. I anticipated feeling the stretch in my hamstrings, but the real challenge was actually in the shoulders. Definitely need to strengthen up that area if I want to do cool inversions!