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Season 5 - Episode 5

Ardha Matsyendrasana

5 min - Tutorial
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Rosemary, with the help of Alana, looks at Ardha Matsyendrasana (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose)—verbal cues, fundamental alignment, and hands-on adjustments to help deepen the experience of the posture.
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Mar 23, 2019
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Alana and I are here to explore Arda Matsyandrasana, Seated Twist. So as you're ready, Alana, go ahead and come into it. Nice. Okay. So the adjustment, well, let's talk about her alignment first.

Mine is nice and tall, both sit bones are nice and rooted, and then the foot outside of the front knee is grounded as well, right? She's looking back, but she's not craning her neck, and there's a slight lift, but no scrunching of the neck. For the assist, I'm coming left foot to the outer edge of her left side body, right foot just behind a bit, and then the front of my left finger's palm are coming to the front of her left shoulder, okay? And then I'm stepping my right foot a little closer, taking my right hand to the right side of her spine, kind of mid-upper back area, and drawing gently back and down with my left hand and guiding her forward into the twist with my right hand. Yeah, just helping to wring it out, and giving that a few breaths.

My right elbow stabilized on my right leg. And then gently easing my body weight back, and gently release her back and her shoulder. Gorgeous, Alana, thank you, right? Really sweet assist, play with that, enjoy, thank you.


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