Pose of The Month 2017 is drawn from a few of the projects I worked on in 2016.

Several of this year's offerings are taken from two chapters I wrote for a new book by Frank Lipman MD: 10 Reasons You Feel Old and Get Fat...And How You Can Stay Young, Slim, and Happy!

Other (restorative) poses are from a project which showed how to practice when props are not available. A few are repeats from previous years. Still more were written especially for this website.

The twelve poses strung together, one for every month of the year, make up a balanced sequence for you to practice.

January | February | March | April | May | June | July | August

spacerJune —
Ardha Chandrasana
half moon pose

Practice time: 20–30 seconds.

Model: James Murphy and Bobby Clennell.

Stand up straight and tall on your yoga mat.

With an inhalation, jump your feet three and a half to four feet apart and swing your arms out to your sides. Fully stretch your arms and legs. Turn your left foot in and your right foot out.

Exhaling, extend your torso sideways to the right…

…and come into Triangle Pose. Take a couple of normal breaths.

Bend your right knee, slide your left foot in toward the right, and reach out to place your right hand on the floor about one foot ahead of your right foot.

On an exhalation, pressing your right shoulder-blade and right buttock forward, straighten your right leg and simultaneously raise your left to the level of your left hip. Keep both legs firm and straight. Align you head and pelvis: take your head back and press your pelvis forward. Raise your left arm. Look up. Breathe evenly and hold the pose for 20 to 30 seconds. Repeat on the other side.

Practice note: If your hand does not reach the floor without your knee bending, place it on a block. You can also practice this pose with your back against the wall while you are learning to balance.

With thanks and gratitude to my teachers, BKS Iyengar (1918-2014), Prashant Iyengar, Geeta Iyengar, Abhijata Sridhar, and Sunitaji Parthasarthy.

Drawings and text © Bobby Clennell. All rights reserved. No reproduction without prior permission.

©2008 – 2017 Bobby Clennell.