Friday, May 20, 2005

Give Me the Frog Every Time

This letter to the editor appeared this afternoon in my hometown newspaper.

Doug Reece form Centertown, Miisouri wrote,
'So Sen. Chuck Graham...opposed a bill proposed by a Kansas City fourth grade class to make the bullfrog the Missouri state amphibian, because the "bullfrog is a pest."

With all due respect, if I have a choice between listening to a bullfrog or listening to Sen Graham, give me the bullfrog every time!'
I got a much-needed laugh out of that.

There's at least some wisdom to Mr. Reece's advice since, as far as I know, there's a yoga pose named after a frog, but none after a politician.

If you want to take Mr. Reece's advice to give me the frog every time, try this:

1) lie facing down on your mat, legs together;
2) prop yourself up on your right elbow;
3) bend your left knee and with your left hand reach back and grab your left foot;
4) press your right forearm into the floor, so you can raise your chest a bit higher;
5) now, push your left foot down toward your left buttock.

That's ardha bhekasana, half frog pose. If you bend the other leg and press both feet down toward your buttocks, that's bhekasana, frog pose. It's more challenging.

a room full of frogs Posted by Hello

Frog pose is a back-bend and back strengthener. If you haven't tried it yet, you'll discover it's great for making the quadriceps and hip flexors more supple.

By the way, like all back bends, if you feel low back pain, tuck your tailbone.

Don't just read about it. Get up. Experience it. Experience yoga!

Kevin Perry

p.s., Ardha means 'half.' There are a bunch of 'half' poses to be done, like ardha navasana, ardha virasana and ardha chandrasana. When 'half' is in the name of a yoga pose, it usually (but not always) means you are performing the pose with only one of two limbs. Click here to find out more about our Experience Sanskrit workshop coming up June 25, 2005 at the Saint Louis YogaSource. At the Experience Sanskrit workshop, we'll review all of the ardha poses and the single paripoorna pose, too. Paripoorna is the opposite of 'half,' as in paripoorna navasana, full boat pose.

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