Tuesday, 14 June 2016

There are a lot of different ideas of what actually constitutes a Bound Lizard pose, but as far as I’m concerned, it’s a binding of one hand and foot beneath the leading leg.
This one is a doozey! Do not attempt this first thing in your practice or whilst intoxicated. You need to be really, really warmed up, and you really do need to have a strong practice of hip openers already established. There are days when I can pull this one off after a few classes and other days it’s simply too strong for me.

First, find your regular lizard and place a block under the hip of your elongated leg. For the sake of an easy example, bring your right leg forward and place your hands inside your right foot for lizard. With your left knee grounded, place the block under your left hip. If possible, drop down onto your elbows. Lift your left foot towards your seat and loop your right arm under your right knee. Take hold of your left foot with your right hand. If it’s not in reach, you could loop a strap about your left foot and hold the strap in your right hand to assist.

For more advanced yogis who really have the gift of flexibility, you can abandon the block and strap, and reach back under the right knee to grasp the left food without the additional height for the left hip. It's not often that I encourage students to drop one hip to the floor in lizard, but in this circumstance it feels pretty damn good.

I told you – this one is a doozey. When you release the stretch you will feel like your femur has been wrenched out of your hip socket, but in the most fabulous releasing way. But remember, only to be attempted when very, very warmed up, and absolutely never after a few drinks. 

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