Andrea is doing Pincha Mayurasana - Feathered Peacock Pose- or Forearm stand. (pin-cha my-your-AHS-ana) pincha = feather; mayura = peacock
Andrea Scarborough is a senior teacher at The Yoga Joint South. You may also see her face at the "front of the house" as she is our studio manager. Teaching since 2002, Andrea is a master yogi. She is a free spirit, loves to travel, and live life to the fullest. Come see her Tuesdays at 12 noon, Wednesdays and Fridays at 7am, or schedule a private class.
To practice getting into this pose, start in forearm plank. Make sure your arms are one forearm's distance apart and that your forearms are parallel. Spread the fingers wide and grip the finger pads and fingertips into the earth. Start to walk your feet to your hands, lift your hips up, and shift your gaze forward. When the heat builds, and things get toughâ€¦stay there and breathe! Once you gain the strength and flexibilty needed for this pose, your hips will stack just about over the shoulders. Lift one leg up and hold. Spread the toes on the lifted foot, lean forward, and push away from the floor. Once the bottom leg lifts with ease - no jumping or kicking - slowly pull the bottom leg to meet the other. Inner spiral the thighs, lengthen the pubic bone to the feet, draw the shoulders away from the ears, and push away from the floor. Stay focused and don't forget to breathe