Dragonfly Pose (Parsva Bhuja Dandasana) is a high flying twisted arm balance. Before you write-off this pose as pure fantasy, try setting it up step-by-step, working to build a strong foundation. You may just surprise yourself.
Follow these steps to come into Dragonfly Pose:
1. From a standing position, cross the left ankle over the right knee at the thigh to create a figure-four shape with the legs. The standing leg is slightly bent.
2. Still standing, twist to the right and bring the left upper arm into the arch of the left foot.
3. Wiggle deeper into the twist, bringing the foot higher and higher towards the underarm. Eventually you will plant the hands down shoulder distance apart with the fingers facing the wall to your right.
4. Bend the elbows to create Chaturanga arms and step the left foot down firmly onto the upper arm bone which is now almost parallel to the earth. The lower arm bone is perpendicular to the earth.
5. Reach the right foot out and straighten the leg. The upper leg can rest on the upper arm bone close to the elbow. Spread your toes and smile.
6. Repeat on the other side and don't be surprised if you discover each side has its own personality.
Dragonflies symbolize courage, strength and happiness in Japanese culture. They seem like shining, magical creatures to me. Every time I see one, I am reminded of how remarkable and diverse life on this planet is. Let Dragonfly Pose conjure up a little magic in your life.
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