Lunges feel like the pose you have to really sink in to, but it doesn't happen on the first try. It takes time, breath, and intention. Lunges are a surrender - a willingness to accept that your legs and torso will work together to keep you upright. A sinking, or surrendering deeper into the pelvis, letting those muscles relax and expand and release the tension, but in releasing the tension showing their true strength, strength without tightness, strength in relaxation, strength in knowing that your body will hold you. To truly melt into a lunge, tension needs to roll off and away, and just relax into the stretch, and let your body amaze you with how it holds you.

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Comment by Deborah Freeman on April 22, 2010 at 7:14pm
one of my teachers has been having us really sink down into the earth before moving into more muscles energy pulling up and in......its a great practice to surrender in these poses that we don't always think are for letting go into......
Comment by Xiaomin Cai on April 22, 2010 at 3:25am
I really think the knee position should depend on the person practicing. For me, I feel completely comfortable moving my knee past my ankle (also in Tree pose, I am actually much more secure with my foot on the knee, although instructions say you never do that). You have to let your body guide you and as long as you tune in to yourself, you'll be fine.
Comment by Xiaomin Cai on April 22, 2010 at 3:21am
I especially find comments on the energy flow in the pose - the possible sensation of the body. Great narrator!
Comment by Susan Coyne on April 20, 2010 at 5:59pm
I thought the active hands comment and the blood flow to the wrists a wonderful description and visualization.And important for all of us that use computer, electronic devices, chopping,cooking,gardening- isolated wrist actions to practice.
Comment by Aracely Cueva on April 20, 2010 at 5:22pm
Really liked the demonstration. Although it looks like the yogi is hyperextending her knee during the pose. I have always been told to never go past 90 degrees when performing a lunge. Is there ever an exception?
Comment by Stephanie Skiba on April 20, 2010 at 8:57am
I liked the visualization of fresh oxygen!
Comment by Janice Rohwedder on April 20, 2010 at 5:29am
What a nice veriation to lunges. I had been having knee problems, and they had me do lunges to help stregnthen the knees and legs. I love the veriation, then adding the "letting go". You do a wonderful job of deminstration and explaination. Thank-you very much.
Comment by Katheryn Harlan on April 20, 2010 at 4:14am
Feels so good to open the hips w/ lunges. The descriptions are very good & soothing. I will most definitely use this in class tonight!
Comment by Carol Stark on April 19, 2010 at 6:07pm
I love lunges as well as any asana that opens the hip. I think some additional instruction about showing the folded mat would have been appreciated by new comers.
Comment by Deborah Sica on April 19, 2010 at 6:02pm
I did lunges in my practice earlier today so this was helped me reach deeper into the pose. I too liked the arm variations.

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