Kurmasana & Anatomy

I rarely practiced Kurmasana till it was introduced during the course; this pose enables the practitioner to embrace stillness and overcome resistance when settled into the pose comfortably. However, it requires considerable flexibility in the hip flexors, shoulders and hamstrings while regulating the breath.

Consequently, it’s critical to warm up the body before executing the pose. To prepare for Kurmasana pose, these other poses (while not exhaustive) can help build flexibility in the key areas and therefore be considered as part of the warm up……

  1. Flexibility in hip flexors…….Eka Pada Rajakapotasana, Supta Purna Titli
  2. Flexibility in shoulders……..Closed arm stretches, wall angel poses
  3. Flexibility in hamstrings……Supta Padangustansana, Uttanasana, Upavistha Konasana

I certainly hope to execute this pose well, after a better appreciation of the key areas involved. Definitely looking forward to improve the practice of this pose.  


Margaret GHIN

March 2018 200 Hr Weekend YTT 

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