For thousands of years, yoga has been one of the best activities we can do for our minds and bodies. But we sometimes forget that it's kind of a complex practice – even the beginner classes. And, without proper alignment, you could be doing more harm than good.
Everything about the Gurugrid is designed to help correct common mistakes and contribute to the goal of improved strength, flexibility, stability, balance, confidence, focus, and most importantly, safety.
Read on for the number one reason to use your Gurugrid and approach yoga with more knowledge and confidence than you did yesterday.
PROPER "SHOULDER-WIDTH" POSITION
Relevant poses: Chaturanga, Plank, Up Dog, Down Dog, Crow (Firefly, Pendulum, etc.), Headstand, Handstand, Pincha (Forearm Stand, etc.), Wheel, Cat/Cow, Candle, Cobra
Common Mistakes: Hands are placed too wide apart or too close together on the mat.
Hand placement is the position that requires the most accuracy in yoga and is the one that is done incorrectly most often. You can see in the photos above, how much of an impact misplaced hands has on the alignment of the entire body.
The Fix: Determine the proper shoulder-width for your body, find the points on your Gurugrid, and use this exact positioning for all poses that require shoulder-width placement. Now, when your teacher asks you to place your hands "shoulder-with apart", you know exactly where to put them.
Click here to learn how to find your proper shoulder width.
Originally posted on Gurugrid.
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