Yoga Lesson Planning Clinic
How To Teach Purvottanasana
Intense Eastward Facing Stretch
Teach the philosophy
Explain to your students the philosophy behind purvottanasana. You could say something like: “As the sun rises in the east and sets in the west, the east is considered the direction of new beginnings and unlimited potential.”
Teach the benefits
Explain a few of the benefits. You don’t have to give them all!
- Strengthen core
- Strengthen back, triceps, wrists, back, and legs
- Stretches your shoulders, chest, and front ankles
- Counter to forward bend
- Keeps you open to new possibilities
Quick Teaching Tips
- Point fingers towards body = less open shoulders = wrist flexor stretch.
- Point fingers away from body = shoulders more open = greater chest stretch.
- Have someone press the outside of your arms inward to stabilize elbows.
- Push through your thumbs and big toes.
- Avoid hardening buttocks.
- Firm shoulder blades against your back.
- Fight gravity from pulling your head down by keeping it elongated.
- Keep a slight chin tuck as you lower crown of head towards floor.
Teach the Counter Pose
A good counter pose is dandasana.
Watch A Video Tutorial
Watch videos of other yoga teachers teaching Purvottanasana. Here’s one to get you started off. You can then head off to youtube.
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