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shelleyt2010-07-04 23:41:53 +0000 #1
Hi,

I'm new here and though I've been practicing yoga for over a year now, I still can't step my feet between my hands to come up from downward dog. Firstly because I have tight hamstrings, but probably more so because I have a size 18 belly. It's even more of an issue because I've been leading (after our real instructor moved) our "yoga club" in our town. I'm probably intermediate level for everything else, but when leading the Sun Salutations this does not help new people learn proper form.

Any tips for getting around this (no pun intended)

Glad to find you all!

Blessings,

Shelley
InnerAthlete2010-07-04 23:47:31 +0000 #2
Hello Shelley.

Might you clarify please what you mean by "steping my feet"? From Adho Mukha Svanasana which pose are you doing next? What pose are you stepping up to? Did you mean "foot" or "feet"?

I think there are several issues at play in your post and I suspect you are referencing a sequence that is typical of power, flow, vinyasa sorts of yoga asana practice.

Once you clarify I can provide a better response.
shelleyt2010-07-05 00:16:47 +0000 #3
Sorry, it was late. I edited this right after posting, but maybe you were still too quick for me. It should say: Step my feet between my hands after down dog.
InnerAthlete2010-07-05 00:41:33 +0000 #4
So then you are going from Adho Mukha Svanasana to Uttanasana (standing forward bend)?

Honestly, it is not that relevant whether you can easily step your feet up. You do not get any yoga demerits (in Purna Yoga at least) for such things. So I am basically saying "so what" or "who cares". You are fine stepping into uttanasana in whatever way you can get there.

Over time you will open your hamstrings and learn to move your body in other ways. At that time you may be able to step the back leg up to the hands (or maybe not). This is a transition and it's not critical. You have the body you have and the practice should accomodate that body rather than some body ideal.

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