Change movement patterns with Revolved half Moon pose
In class, a student said she never felt her body rotate as much as this position creates. That is truly one of the brilliant aspects of yoga. It can break up familiar patterns of movement and thought and create a total change in the body. I used an adapted yoga approach with a chair to work the student’s way slowly to this pose. Starting with half moon against the wall and then using the seat of the chair instead of stressing to steady oneself on the floor, the students began with the hands evenly on the seat of the chair facing them, focusing on balance. Working slowly to gain the maximum balance and rotation with organ support, the students shifted the weight bearing arm to the center of the chair, while raising the other arm. We found the adaptation of the chair could maximize the rotation through the trunk and give stability for balance.
Barbara Neiman,OTR, YTT 200 teaches Embodyoga for emotional regulation. See her courses at Pesi.com. She is teaching April 16th one day program in Yoga and Mindfulness in New Paltz. See her schedule at barbaraneiman.com