This week we’re revisiting our old friend Chaturanga arms, because as you can see above, the angles of the shoulders, elbows and wrists in Eka Pada Koundinyasana are mightily similar.
The issue: The shoulders round up and forward, as they are wont to do thanks to our desk-bound lifestyles. The scapular follow suit, slipping away from one another, and the shoulder joint dips beneath the height of the elbow. This doesn’t allow us to find the strong foundation needed for lift off.
The fix: Think back to Chaturanga! Shift your weight forwards, lower half way to the ground, allowing the shoulder to fall in line with the elbow. Glue the scapular to the back and broaden across the heart. Let the neck be long and the gaze find the mat below you as engage and stabilize your body to find lift in the legs.