Monday, May 01, 2006

Position of the Week #17

"Life isn’t measured by the number of breaths you take, but by the moments that take your breath away. (author unknown)"

Some call it King Dancer, others Nataraja-asana

The King of the Dance Pose
Translation: The Sanskrit word nata means dancer and raja means king. Nataraja is another name for Shiva, the Lord of the Dance, whose cosmic dance is the creation and destruction of the world.

The pose is gorgeous, even when not done as well as the young woman in the photo, it is a gorgeous pose.

Perform the nataraja-asana gracefully as if dancing, yet firmly with focused attention.

This posture helps to strengthen your sense of balance and concentration. The arch formed by the back and stretched leg gently aligns the vertebrae of the spine restoring suppleness and easing strain caused by poor posture or long periods of sitting. It tones the muscles of the hips and legs as well as stimulates the chest muscles.

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