Asana of the month: Lolasana (Pendant Pose)

Lolasana, too, takes work. Commitment. But also a sense of lightheartedness. Writing in Yoga Journal, Richard Rosen notes that “Lolasana is well worth trying,” because not only will it “strengthen your arms, upper back, and abdominals…. you’ll feel an exhilarating sense of accomplishment if you actually manage to defy gravity and take flight.” “Lolasana can be discouraging,” he adds, “but with diligent practice you’ll develop what you need to do the pose: arm, wrist, and belly strength. Lolasana is also a valuable preparation for more advanced arm balances…. If at first you don’t succeed, remember what Krishna tells Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita: On this path no effort is wasted, no gain is ever reversed.”

Lolasana (Pendant Pose):

Benefits:
• Strengthens the arms, wrists, shoulders, upper back, chest, and abdomen -developing all the muscles that are recruited in the jump-back vinyasa

Cautions/Contraindications:
• Shoulder, elbow, wrist injuries

Preparatory Poses:
• Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose)
• Shoulder openers such as the arm positions of Gomukhasana (Cow-Face Pose) and Garudasana (Eagle Pose)
• Plank Pose
• Vasisthasana (Pose Dedicated to the Sage Vasistha, aka Side Plank)
• Paripurna Navasana (Boat Pose)
• Bakasana (Crane Pose)
• Virasana (Hero’s Pose)

Song that Most Comes to Mind While in the Posture:
Eminem’s “Till I Collapse”

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