February 9, 2017

February 9, 2017

By Cynthia Pierro

Yoga Focus:

This pose is from Polarity Therapy and it activates our fire.

The woodchopper - so called because the posture mimics the action of chopping wood.  It is a dynamic exercise that should be done with attention to alignment and muscle control. The feet are placed parallel a comfortable distance apart, with the knees bent. The hands are clasped and taken up above the head as we breath in.  Once the arms reach shoulder height it’s important to arch your back slightly, allowing your derriere to push back. Now the arms fall forward, the body hinging from the hips (most important to protect the low back) and swing through the legs with a chop. The arms and body rise up again on the next in breath. As the upper body falls forward the breath is expelled with a resonant 'ha' sound. This sound resonates with the fire energy in the body.