I think Malasana, or Garland, or Squat, is an underrated pose. Granted, I’m not a giant fan (read: extremely dislike) rolling back and forth from Malasana into boat into Malasana, mostly because I don’t have the core strength and it involves a lot of pain and flopping. But I do really enjoy this pose because it reminds me that I can balance well in a low squat, but that baby, I have so, so much work left to do.
I can pretty much get into this position, although I’m betting my heels are up as in crow prep and my hip aren’t quite so low. I actually really like this bus stop, as one of my teachers says.
But I am nowhere NEAR this. I can’t even get my arms all the way to the ground, much less my head. So lots of good work yet to do and the amazing thing is that it is a total lower body and core hold. Which is probably why getting up was challenging yesterday afternoon.
Indeed, in the pose, all these actions are happening:
- • Draw both inner thighs deeper into the body.
- • Soften and broaden the hip creases.
- • Soften the lower abdomen and move it deeper into the body. Lengthen the upper abdomen forward.
- • Move the inner face of the sacrum back away from the pubic bone and soften the buttocks.
- • Turn the sternum towards the pubic bone.
I’m kind of fascinated by this version of the pose as it feels closer to where I am.
I really need (want) to get some yoga blankets for some at home yoga homework.