Five Pointed Star Pose
Photo of Maggie Anderson taken by Maggie Anderson
Five Pointed Star is a beautiful pose. You’ll notice the Sanskrit for Five Pointed Star pose is the same as for Triangle pose. Each pose creates a triangle. 🙂 Physically, you are lengthening and opening up the entire body including the hips, inner thighs, chest and groin. In this pose we are also realigning the spinal column and opening the chest, improving circulation and respiration.
Directions on how to come into the pose:
Begin in Mountain Pose. Take your left leg out behind you so both feet are still on the mat parallel to each other. Open your legs about a legs length apart. In order to figure this out in your body, take your arms out shoulder height and check to be sure your ankles fall directly underneath your wrists. This is about a legs length apart for your body. Or simply bring your feet about 3 to 3 and 1/2 feet apart.
Inhale and lift both arms out to your sides and parallel to the floor. As you exhale, check your alignment. Keep your spine long and your tailbone down. Let your head float above your shoulders. Gaze straight ahead with chin parallel to the floor. Feel the expansion in your expression here. When you exhale, extend the energy out the five points — feet, hands, and top of the head — for 3 full breaths.
Then release by lowering the arms to your hips. Heel, toe your feet back in to each other. Close your eyes and reflect.
When not to do this pose or to modify/Contraindications:
If you’ve had recent or chronic injury to the legs, hips or shoulders, modify this pose and only go as far as is comfortable. As a modification, you may place your hands on your hips.
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