Downward Dog Bind
One of the goals of Yoga is to help the practitioner set aside the Ego, which can only care for itself, and step into our true nature as collaborative beings. Through devoted practice, Yoga reveals the bonds that tie together all living things. But when the Ego becomes inflamed, which can happen for any number of reasons, it is impossible for the practitioner to experience the truth of unity. Certain practices help to set the ego aside, such as Karma Yoga – the yoga of selfless service. There are also poses that help banish the ego because they require that we fall a few times before we succeed. This bind in Downward Facing Dog pose is a perfect example. There is no way to force this posture. It takes patience, and a light heart.
What to do:
After a good warm up, find downward dog.
Connect left hand and right foot to the floor by pressing down firmly.
Exhale and engage the core to support you.
Inhale and lift the right hand and the left foot a few inches off the floor.
Play with finding your balance here as you breathe.
If you feel stable, reach behind you and capture the left foot in the right hand.
Open the hips even more as you send the left knee in the direction of the ceiling.
Breathe for 3-5 breaths.
Release the pose as slowly as possible.
Take a rest by come down onto the knees.
Then do the other side.
People with poorly or partially healed wrist or shoulder injuries are advised not to practice this pose.
Builds strength and balance.
Opens the font of the body.
Cuts through the ego.