Saturday, April 17, 2010

Day 6 Challenge - Dolphin

Today's Yoga Challenge pose is Dolphin.

This pose focuses on the upper back and can help to release tension from that area so could be good for people who spend a lot of time sitting in their work. This pose can also help to strengthen the arms and the legs. It is a good pose for stress relief and can also help with mild depression.

There are a number of conditions that could benefit from this pose as it can help relieve symptoms of the menopause and also help with menstrual pain if the head is supported. The pose can aid digestion and help prevent osteoporosis. It is also thought to relieve headaches, insomnia, back pain and fatigue. In addition to that it may also have therapeutic applications for high blood pressure, asthma and sciatica.

It is important to ensure you remain safe while doing this pose so if you have any neck or shoulder injuries you should ensure you keep your legs bent. Also if you are new to this pose you may want to lift the elbows on a mat and press the wrists into the floor. This will aid you to open the shoulders and get the maximum benefit. Also if you want a less strenuous version you can support your head on a folded blanket or pillow.

The video at Yoga Bear website shows how to do the pose.

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