Pose of the Month: Natarajasana

This month we are featuring Lord of the Dancer Pose or Nata (dancer, actor, mime) Raj (King, Lord) Asana (pose). This name was inspired by one of the depictions of Shiva doing an energetic dance in the Hindu creation story.

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This challenging, standing pose is a combination of equal parts chest opener, back bend, and balancing. There is an intense stretch happening in the front of the lifted legs hip, thigh, and shoulder and major strengthening happening in the supporting legs hamstring and arch of the foot.

There are many fun variations of this pose. You can try bringing both hands around for a double bind or touching the index finger and thumb for Gyan Mudra. Get creative with your dancer in June. Show us what you’ve got! Share your Dancer photos in our comments.