Biomechanics of Chaturanga dandasana & Parighasana

26 Dec

Chaturanga Dandasana

 

Chaturanga Dandasana

 

Drishti

Application of Bandhas. Nasikagra Mudra (nose tip gazing) to promote Mula Bandha.

Bandhas

Mula Bandha is created on the initial exhalation then held as Uddiyana and Jalandhara Bandhas are combined on the inhalation creating Maha Bandha to strengthen the core, connect and align the pelvis to the lumbar spine.

Biomechanics

Chaturanga creates an asana with postural integration similar to a horizontal Tadasana asana that pivots from the shoulders, elbows and arms as the body rises up and down from the floor. Maha Bandha, the great lock, creates an internal core that supports the postural integration of the legs; torso and head for this pose so that the alignment in Chaturanga asana is correct.

Dosha

This asana is energizing for Kapha Doshas

Chakra

Focus upon Manipura Chakra and the element of Fire

Parighasana

 

yoga poses - Gate Pose position (parighasana)

Drishti

Attention to physical vertical alignment of the body. Attention to the creation of Maha Bandha to create a core that lengthens and supports the spinal column. The use of thoracic horizontal breath that will not distort the lumbar spine but will assist in opening the ribcage.

Bandhas

Maha Bandha that is the creation of the combination of Mula Bandha, Uddiyana and Jalandhara, to support and lengthen the spine during the lateral stretch. Mula Bandha reinforced during the exhalation, Uddiyana Bandha during the inhalation and Jalandhara during the retention of the inhalation.

Biomechanics

The legs create a triangular foundation for the pelvis, which is the foundation of the spine. The pelvis is stabilized in a vertical position by contraction of the pelvic floor and transverse abdominals. The spine is supported and lengthened with the application of Maha Bandha. The extension and downward pressure of the upper arm is used to stretch the intercostals and open the ribcage.

Dosha

This asana calms Vata and Pitta.

Chakra

Focus upon Muladhara and Svadhistana Chakras and the elements of Earth and Water.

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