asana of the month

each month we choose a pose to focus on in each class through strong attention to alignment, variations, and/or modifications as a way to grow and expand our yogic horizons.

according to light on yoga, “krouncha” means a heron. it is also the name of a mountain, said to be the grandson of himalaya. in this seated posture, one leg is bent back at the knee and the foot is placed against the side of the hip joint (half hero pose), while the other leg is raised up vertically, with the foot held by the hands. the raised leg resembles the outstretched neck and head of a heron, also a precipe. thus the name.

krounchasana (heron pose):
krouncha = heron

benefits (according to yoga journal):
stretches the hamstrings
stimulates the abdominal organs and heart
stretches the thighs, knees, and arches
strengthens the arches; therapeutic for flat feet

cautions/contraindications:
if you have any serious knee or ankle problems, it is probably best to avoid the ardha virasana (half hero pose) leg position in this pose. instead sit with the bent leg positioned in janu sirsasana (head-to-knee forward bend).

preparatory poses:
uttanasana (standing forward fold)
janu sirsasana (head-to-knee forward bend)
virasana (hero pose)
supta padangusthasana (reclining big toe pose)
paschimottanasana (seated forward bend)

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