Alternative to Saddle Pose

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ritalafaive
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Alternative to Saddle Pose

Post by ritalafaive »

I love Saddle pose with props for my practice and for students. Actually Bernie and Diana helped me discover access to the pose during training.

But..... There are a few examples when I could not find a way to support the student (mainly knee related challenges) to find a nice quad sensation. They still feel pain sensations in the knees no matter how high I prop up their bottom. Any ideas? I have use of many props...the wall, sandbags, blocks, foam roller/bolster, etc.

Thanks! Rita from Michigan.

PS: There is now the first license plate in Michigan to say "Yinster" by one of my students. She was so excited to show me.
Bernie
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Re: Alternative to Saddle Pose

Post by Bernie »

Hi Rita! Nice to hear from you.

For students who just can’t get comfortable in Saddle, I would suggest an alternative. Which alternative depends upon which areas you are targeting. If it is the quads, you could choose windshield wipers. Screaming Swan and Dragons can also get at the quads. If the targeted area was the hip flexors, you can try Supported Bridge.

Cheers
Bernie

ps - cool licence plate!
ritalafaive
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Re: Alternative to Saddle Pose

Post by ritalafaive »

Thank you! Yes my goal was to have an alternative quad stretch. I love the idea of windshield wiper with some blocks maybe depending on the body.

Screaming swan/dragon are great too. I'll have those handy for other unique cases.

Anecdote of the week.... A student came to me and said that after she added yin to her weekly practice a couple of months ago, all of a sudden her Bikram practice changed. She was able to access poses she hadn't been able to though she religiously practices Bikram twice a week and has for 7 years.

Is it yin? I think so... :)

Have a great day
Rita
Bernie
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Re: Alternative to Saddle Pose

Post by Bernie »

Hi Rita...thanks for the anecdote. I had a similar experience in my Ashtanga practice!
Bernie
kumarisky
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Re: Alternative to Saddle Pose

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Hi :) I'm not familiar with a pose called "screaming swan" what is it??
Bernie
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Re: Alternative to Saddle Pose

Post by Bernie »

The screaming part is pulling the back foot to the buttocks. That is a lovely way to stress the quads. :D (See Swan for details.)
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