Flatten Your Back Like a Tortoise: Kurmasana
The Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series is a demanding full body cleanse that takes a little over 90 minutes to fully practice. Halfway through the series is a challenging posture that many students get stuck at for years called Kurmasana position. Kurmasana means tortoise posture and in order to get fully into the posture you have learn how to flatten your back while keeping it strong and stable. In the Ashtanga Yoga method there are always three tools present in every posture: the breath, the dristhi or gazing point and the posture itself. In this posture the gaze is at the tip of the nose to ensure internal focus of the mind. The breath is your tool to connect with all of the parts of your body needed in order to move into the posture safely.
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