Square pose

BENEFITS:

Mechanic:

decompresses the lower back when going forward, targets the Gluts and the Thoraco Lumbar fascia.

Energetic:

targets the Gall Bladder meridian.

Mind/emotions:

stimulating, energizing.

CONTRADICTIONS:

Be cautious with your knees. If one of your knee is in the air come to a loose square by releasing the top leg forward and that will help the discomfort in the knee. Might either exacerbate or soothe the nerve in case of sciatica.

HELP & PROPS:

If you cannot get into the full square, come into a loose square and go forward.
Rest the forearms and/or head on a bolster or a block if they are away from the floor.

TIME RECOMMENDED:

Three to five minutes.

RELEASING THE POSE:

Bring the chest back up if leaning forward, release the top leg first, then unfold your legs and lay back in Savasana.

ADDITIONAL TIPS:

This pose is one of the most efficient to target the Piriformis muscle, you can play with the angle of the torso to isolate this muscle and release the Sciatic nerve if you are suffering from Piriformis Syndrome.

 

 

 

 

Huge inspiration in preparing yin yoga descriptions was Sebastian Pucelle and Murielle Burellier website:

with-yinyoga.com