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Teaching Yoga for Round Bodies

Introduction

  1. Adho Mukha Shvasana
  2. Ardha Matsyendrasana
  3. Balasana
  4. Bhujangasana
  5. Chandrasana
  6. Dandasana
  7. Dhanurasana
  8. Garudasana
  9. Janushirasana
  10. Jathara Parivartanasana
  11. Matsyasana
  12. Padahastasana
  13. Parvatasana
  14. Paschimotanasana
  15. Salabhasana
  16. Sarvangasana
  17. Sasamgasana
  18. Savasana
  19. Setu Banghasana
  20. Siddhasana
  21. Standing Backward Bend
  22. Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)
  23. Tadasana
  24. Trikonasana
  25. Ustrasana
  26. Utkatasana
  27. Vajrasana
  28. Viparita Karani
  29. Virabhadrasana
  30. Vrikasana

Dhanurasana
The Bow Pose

The difficulty for fat people with this asana is the tendency for the legs to splay open when bringing the feet to the buttocks — another case of “the fat has to go somewhere.”

Holding a strap around the feet, and fastening another one around the lower thighs (don’t suggest this last unless you’re sure the strap will be long enough for the person) can help with this problem.

However, I still allow a few extra inches even with the straps. It’s critical that the student be able to protect the lower back by tightening the buttocks and pressing the pubis to the floor, since the wider apart the legs are, the less protection there is for the lower back.


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All authors are graduates of Ananda Yoga Teacher Training.

Ananda Yoga Registered Yoga School for 200 and 300 hours

About the Author

Kay Erdwinn, M.D., teaches “Yoga for Round Bodies” in Placerville, California.


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