A Little Side Bend to Ease the Pain

Welcome to day 35 and the 35th pose in the book Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff and Amy Matthews.

I said earlier in my blogs that I have fibromyalgia.  The last couple of days I feel it intensely.  People ask me how I keep going because you can become bed-ridden with it.  My answer is because I can’t sit still for any length of time.  Yesterday was the first time in a long time I literally taught a morning yoga class, went home and didn’t move until 5:30pm and then taught my evening class.  They call them “flares” or “flare-ups” when it decides to take over your body. Yes its extremely painful and sometimes I can’t even stand up straight.  Two of the biggest triggers, for me anyway, are stress and weather change and right now I have both.  It’s Christmas time and I own a jewelry store.  Sometimes a flare can last a day, a week, or even longer.  This one has been taking over me since last Thursday.  My poor chiropractor is trying so hard to help me so this doesn’t become worse.  I love her for that! Thank you! 🙂 And yes I know she is probably reading this!

I’m grateful that todays pose is one I enjoy doing and it doesn’t require a lot of strength or flexibility.  It does, thankfully, help to rid us of those love handles.  This pose has many names in forms of exercise.  I have heard it called gate pose, side bend, half circle pose, and even bird pose.  But for todays intents and purposes we will call it gate pose.  According to my reading that seems to be the universal yoga name.

Todays pose: Parighasana- Gate latch pose- Start off in a tall kneeling position.  Bring your right leg out to the right nice and straight with the right foot firm into the floor.  Inhale the left arm up into the air and bring the right arm to the right leg.  Exhale bring your right ribcage toward your right leg.  Stay here for a breath and then turn your palm and bring yourself back up slowly.  Bring both legs together and repeat on the other side.  Do this a couple times each side for a good side stretch.

What this pose works: latissimus dorsi, intercostals, external oblique, tensor fasciae latae, rectus femoris, gracilis, and the adductor magnus muscles.