Pose of The Month 2017 is drawn from a few of the projects I worked on in 2016.

Several of this year's offerings are taken from two chapters I wrote for a new book by Frank Lipman MD: 10 Reasons You Feel Old and Get Fat...And How You Can Stay Young, Slim, and Happy!

Other (restorative) poses are from a project which showed how to practice when props are not available. A few are repeats from previous years. Still more were written especially for this website.

The twelve poses strung together, one for every month of the year, make up a balanced sequence for you to practice.

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

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Adho Mukha Virasana
downward facing hero pose

Practice time: 1 – 3 minutes.

Model: Justine Fisher.

Breathe consciously throughout this pose. Continually bringing your awareness back to your breath will help relax your mind and body even further, preparing your body for a deep, renewed state of health and well-being.

Kneel on the floor. Touch your big toes together and sit on your heels. Separate your knees to the width your hips. If you are stiff, widen your knees a little more.

Hook your thumbs into the place where the top of your thighs meet the front of the hips. Pull back through your thumbs and fold your torso forward over your thighs.

Release your thumbs and stretching your arms forward one-by-one, extend your torso further forward and down between your thighs, the left side of the torso resting along the inner left thigh and the right side along the right inner thigh. Place your hands on the floor in front of you. Allow your sit bones to nestle down onto your heels.

Rest your forehead on the floor.

Without lifting your hips, walk your arms even further out in front of you. Press the index finger and base of the thumb down. Lengthen through the fingers. Draw the upper arm muscles back back onto your shoulder-blades.

To come up, slide your hands back toward you and pressing them into the floor, inhale, and then swing your torso back up to a sitting position. Pivot your legs out to the sides and then extend them out in front of you.

With thanks and gratitude to my teachers, BKS Iyengar (1918-2014), Prashant Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar, Abhijata Sridhar, and Sunita Parthasarthy.

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