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.
- Point fingers away from body.
- 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. Below is one to get you started.
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