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Happy Hump-asana Day: Toe Crunch Asana

March 16, 2011

Hey, hey, Happy Hump-asana Day, friends! It’s a bit late in the day but we can celebrate nonetheless.

In honor of my class last night, today’s Hump-asana pose is Toe Crunch Asana (a very unofficial name!).

You know those poses you love to hate/hate to love? The ones your teacher tells you that you need the most since you’re so resistant to them? Well, toe crunch asana is one of those poses for many yogis (especially high-heel wearing ladies). So, let’s take a moment to give our piggies a little bit more attention, mmmkay?

Start on all fours, tuck your toes under, and sit back onto your heels like so:

 

PhotoCredit: Ulrika Laan

Take a few breaths here [wow!].

Now, this might be excruciating uncomfortable enough for you. You might even want to keep your butt elevated – if so, that’s fine, just make sure to tuck the toes under for a stretch. Do not, I repeat, DO NOT compromise your knees in this posture – as always, stop where you need to stop.

If you feel comfortable going a bit further, walk your hands back and open your chest, adding some ustrasana to this pose. Again, take a few breaths.

This pose might not look like much but runners and stiletto-wearers (and actually, everyone!) beware, the sensation can be pretty intense. Take it one breath at a time and build up to holding the stretch gradually.

When you’re ready, rock forward and release your toes. Gently circle your ankles and let the blood flow back into your toe creases [WHEW!]. Your piggies will thank you.

 

Thanks from your piggies!

That’s all I’ve got today :)

Happy Hump-asana Day, fellow yogis! Get your minds out of the gutter – Hump-asana Day, traditionally known as Wednesday or “Hump Day” in lamens/working-folk tongue, is a mid-week yogi treat. Hump-asana Day features a snippet of a pose worth spending some time exploring. And since they’re ALL worth exploring, we’ll never run out of poses for Hump-asana Day – rejoice!

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. March 16, 2011 5:30 pm

    OMG! I loathe (oops, I mean love) this pose. :)

  2. March 18, 2011 8:18 am

    This is my totally LOATHED pose but it’s even more important to do now that I live in this concrete jungle! Great minds, good NE Florida girls, thinkin’ alike ;)

    • March 18, 2011 8:53 am

      It’s so good to know I’m not the only one who enters this pose with a defeated whimper when a teacher mentions it, lol! Yes, super important to give that area some attention – who knew we carried so much tension in a tiny crevice? P.S. You are great!

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