Dandasana / staff posture

* Sit with legs together and extended straight in front of you. (If hamstring muscles are tight and lower back feels compressed then sit on a block or neatly folded blanket.)
* Draw the flesh of the buttocks out and back behind you.

* Place your hands by your hips with the fingers pointing towards the toes.
* Draw the spine upright from the floor bringing the sacrum (back of pelvis) perpendicular to the floor as you do so.
* Allow the shoulders to descend as the spine ascends.
* Look evenly ahead keeping the breast bone and rib cage raised.

To deepen the lift in the spine

o Broaden extend the heel bones
o Suck in the outer hips
o Lift knees
o Draw top /front thigh bones down/hips in
o Lift from front groins to breast bone as drawing in and up lower belly flesh
o Suck in the front and back of the pelvis towards each other and lift up
o Pull up from front and back pelvic crest to chest
o Suck side ribs in, lift breast bone pulling in and up lumbar spine

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On resistance in practice…
‘In asana practice we may find an obvious resistance such as a strong stretch in a muscle. We can choose to ignore the sensation, usually resulting in totally the opposite result and an almost compulsive fixation with the sensation. Or we can chose to move ourselves into the sensation and work with it which ironically allows us to release from the sensation and let it go.’

— Khadine Morcom