Peak Pose: Kurmasana (Tortoise Pose)

September 12, 2014    BY Karina Mirsky

In this advanced yoga sequence, Karina reminds us that yoga is far more than the physical postures alone; yoga is also a state of single-pointed awareness, and the poses are a means for attaining that state. Just as a tortoise retracts its limbs into a shell, withdraw your attention and turn inward as you move through challenging hip-opening and spine-stabilizing postures, ultimately leading toward the peak pose, kurmasana (tortoise pose). Conclude the practice by digesting the work you’ve done in a deeply relaxing shavanasa. Please avoid these postures if you’re experiencing lower back pain or herniated discs.

Props: optional blanket and strap. 

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Karina Mirsky
Karina Mirsky is a certified ParaYoga teacher and the director of Sangha Yoga in Kalamazoo, MI. She holds a master’s degree in East/West Psychology and is an adjunct professor of Yoga Studies at Antioch University Midwest. Karina draws on her experience as a performance artist, massage therapist, and cancer survivor to convey yoga as a therapeutic science and catalyst for personal transformation. In the March 2008 issue of Yoga Journal, she was featured as one of 21 teachers under the age of... Read more>>

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