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#StrongYogi Pose of the Week: 8-Angle Pose

This week’s #StrongYogi pose is 8 Angle Pose, or Astavakrasana. he pose can seem difficult and intimidating, but there are many steps to get you there! Take it at your own pace and don’t feel the need to nail it your first (or second, or third…) time. It’s all about the journey!

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Only attempt this pose after your body is warm and your hips are open. It is ideal for a little more than halfway through your practice.

Come to a seat and hug your right knee into your chest. Grab your foot and cradle your leg in your arms, pressing the bottom of your right foot into your left elbow and wrapping your right arm around your knee and shin. Sway from side to side to further open your hip.

Stay here, or if your hips feel open, hook your right hand under your right calf and bring your right leg and the underside of your knee to rest on top of your right shoulder.

Cross your left ankle over your right. Squeeze your thighs into your upper arm. Wiggle your right shoulder beneath your right leg. Take your hands shoulder distance apart on the group and bend your elbows as you squeeze your legs together on your upper right arm.

Lean your chest forward as your weight transfers into your hands and your hips come off the mat. Take 5 breaths and switch sides.

What does being #YogiStrong mean to you? 

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Aubrey is a yogini that wears many hats: yoga instructor and yoga director at Life Yoga in New Orleans, a marketing assistant, a lover of chocolate, and a blogger. To see her teaching schedule and find out more about her, check out her personal page.

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