Wind Removing Pose
Out-down-and in? Yes! The hip is a ball-and-socket joint, meaning it has multi-direction movement and rotation. To safely increase depth here while maintaining proper form, we can utilize this movement by bringing our knee out to the side before pulling it down towards our shoulder! Finally, bringing the knee ever-so-slightly back in (avoiding the ribcage!) will allow maximum pressure in the lower abdomen! This pressure on the abdomen is where we get so many of the fabulous gut benefits this posture is so well-loved for - HELLO, GUT HEALTH!
Keep your elbows close to the body; both shoulders are relaxed, touching the floor. Pull your knee continuously and smoothly toward your right shoulder until you feel a slight pinching sensation in your right hip joint - dull pain only! Tuck your chin into your chest and don’t lift your head off the floor... the more chins the better! This chin-to-chest compression is so important! It stimulates the thyroid + parathyroid gland, helps to direct our breath, and stretches the deep muscles of the neck.