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Dolphin Pose is a variation of the infamous downward facing down pose in which the forearms rest flat on the floor. Since this takes the weight of the body off the wrists, it's a good alternative for those with wrist pain. This pose is great for those of you who spend long hours at the computer. This is a challenging pose, so remember that you can go into child's pose (a simple resting position) at any time.

So many good things happen in this pose, a lot of it in the chest, shoulders and arms. Energy zings around and around, up and down, front and back. Don't feel that you have to stay in it as long as the video. Be in it while you
can. Feel free to hit pause on the video, and do it at your own pace. Work up to the length if you need to, but love it while you're in it, it's working some powerful magic. Stress makes our shoulders rise, unconsciously trying to protect ourselves. Use this pose to bring those shoulders down, shoo away the stress, let it know it's no longer welcome in your shoulders, or anywhere else in your body. Acknowledge your stress, then send it on its way.

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Comment by Elizaabeth McKinley on April 17, 2010 at 1:10pm
this is a hard one, but I'll keep trying. I like the yogini; she illustrates the pose so well (and makes it look so easy!).
Comment by Stephanie Skiba on April 17, 2010 at 11:57am
95% of my job is in front of the computer so I appreciate this pose!
Comment by Janet Glassford on April 17, 2010 at 11:35am
I have developed lymphedema in my hand so I can not do down dog or plank for awhile. I am learning about dolphin. This is a good visual discription.
Comment by Jim on April 17, 2010 at 11:16am
thanks. I have stenosis (narrowing) of the spine in my neck and degenerative discs so I am unable to do full headstand. Because of this dolphin is part of my daily prectice.
Comment by lorraine on April 17, 2010 at 10:44am
I like the language of this video: "Work into the asana that you can achieve today... lift up from behind the heart...shoulders carry the weight of the world, our emotion." I also liked the detail on shoulder blades and feeling the pose.
Comment by C. Love on April 17, 2010 at 10:05am
This is also a nice upper body strenghtener to prepare for headstand.
Comment by Diane Ferraro on April 17, 2010 at 10:00am
Oh, how I love this sequence. Strengthens so many things: arms, shoulders, neck, tummy, quads, tush. Super powerful!
Comment by Merrie on April 17, 2010 at 9:37am
a nice shoulder opener. my cat liked the pose because he could wander and weave around my legs, arms, and face. "tail in face" might be a new pose.
Comment by Liz Lawler on April 17, 2010 at 9:35am
This is so empowering. Forearm plank is another great variation on this and dovetails nicely with the ab work from yesterday.
Comment by Lea Reinbolt Cornell on April 17, 2010 at 9:22am
Very nice transition from childs pose to dolphin and back again.

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