Pose Of the Week - CowFace aka Gomukhasana
We practiced this asana outside together in Monday Community Yoga class in 3 different ways.
I do love playing around with & adapting asana. Seeing if there’s a way of making a pose that bit more ‘ok’ for where we are now with our practice.
Cowface stretches the ankles, hips & thighs, shoulders, armpits & triceps - so many different parts of the body. So there really is quite a lot going on with Cowface.
It’s not a pose to be rushed into or out from. Take your time. Ease into it. Maybe try 'evening out' your seat (settling your sitting bones) with a blanket or two under the bottom.
It can be practised in different ways. One-legged or two. Including a forward-fold aspect or not.
Using a strap for the upper body or not. Doing an arms-only version in a totally different standing pose - like say Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I). Or doing the lower-body only in a moving upper-body strengthening version on All-4’s; something I learned from the internationally-acclaimed & truly amazing Yoga teacher, Donna Farhi.
There are so many different ways to bring the Yoga to us - to our bodies & energy as they are now, rather than trying to squeeze ourselves into some ‘mandated’ shape. This way of practising is accessible Yoga; really it is, at its heart, 'true 'Yoga. Being mindful, being fully present, noticing what's going on, adapting and varying, being flexible with our practice, not just flexible because of our practice - they're very different things.
Book in now to one of the new Indoor Courses starting next week or come along to the still-running Outdoor classes too. Try CowFace in a new way, try Cowface your way…
Monday Oct 4th - Gentle Yoga begins - 6:30pm
Saturday Oct 9th - Yoga For All begins - 10:30am
Wednesday Oct 20th - Into & Back To Yoga begins - 6:30pm