Upward Cock Pose

Tomorrow, hopefully, I’m going to post a little beginner’s flow, and sometime this week we’ll make a murderous abs series by request. But today we have Katelyn demonstrating a fun arm balance with a funner name: the Upward Cock Pose. It’s named after chickens. In Sanskritia Land, they call it Urdhva Kukkutasana. Ku-ku! Also called Siracha. It’s good on everything.

We drove north to Asheville, NC for the weekend to attend a lovely wedding. The extreme socializing and resultant crispiness DID NOT PREVENT YOGA. We yoga’d in the parking lot of the Day’s Inn. Did people make fun of us? Yes. We also did some yogas at a Rest Area in Georgia. Don’t let traveling get in your way, wee yogis. Don’t hide your yoga in the closet. Be out and proud-ish.

Here we go here we go here we go*

Warm up. Stretch your 17 hip muscles. DON’T MISS ANY. Ok, if you can get your legs into Lotus without using your hands, this is a good way to get into the pose. If you can’t get into Lotus (it’s called Padmasama in yoga-ese) without yanking your ankles onto your knees, then you have to do it the other way — from seated, crawling your knees up your arms. Creepy.

1. Wide-legged forward fold (Prasarita Padottanasana)

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2. Tripod headstand with legs in Lotus. No animals were harmed in the making of this pose.

3. Ass Down

Here KT lowers her knees onto her triceps, as high up towards her armpits as possible (I really hate that word, but very occasionally it can’t be avoided). She then backs that ass down toward the asphalt, which draws her shoulder blades down her back and makes her head lift up off the ground. It’s a lot about counterbalancing, head vs. butt. It’s also about maintaining good, steady control. Grip the mat, and up you go. Notice how nice my foot looks.

5.Cock Up

Hold it for as long as you can [joke]. Gaze up, and breathe. If possible, get someone to take a picture. Ta-dum! Nice job, KT.

This dude at Om Shanti does a cool flow into it: down dog to tripod headstand, to side crows, to upward cock. If you can’t do the upward cock, maybe you can just work on the headstand into side crows. That’s what I’m going to work on tomorrow. Goodnight!

*My sister’s upstairs neighbor’s announcement that the magic is happening.

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