Alignment of the hands & wrists in downdog:
1. Place your hands such that the center of your wrists are even with your outer shoulders & your wrists make a straight line across.
2. Nail down the entire perimeter of your hands evenly.
3. Claw your finger tips slightly – as if you were palming a #basketball.
4. Create a little lift underneath the very base of your palm by your wrists. You’re forearms should be smoking! *Not your wrists*
Not Chatur- “Wrong. Uh!”
How do I do chaturanga without hurting my shoulder? -Aubrey K., Fishtown
Chaturanga, or as I like to call it: “a mindful yoga push-up,” can be a great way to build strength in the upper back and shoulders. If done with good alignment. Practicing chaturanga misaligned could be a shoulder shredder!
Be powerful and engaged, NOT painful and enraged!
How do I balance in handstand away from the wall? -Chris F. Bikram Yoga Teacher
Step 1, L-Pose