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Table pose is a great warm-up pose when working your way into a full yoga practice. It’s also a wonderful pose to do instead of Downdog or Plank pose, if you have wrist issues or just want to keep it to a more low key flow. There are several movements and flows you can do from this table position; from Moving Cats to spinal movements in all directions, hip circles and more. Enjoy exploring your body and flow.
Directions on how to come into the pose:
Begin on hands and knees with your wrists/hands directly under your shoulders and your knees directly under your hips. Untuck your toes so the tops of your feet are pressing against the floor. Gaze (drishti) down at a point between your hands. Draw your navel in towards your spine without arching your back. Nice straight spine. Stay for 3-5 breaths to start. Then round your spine and flow back into Child’s Pose.
When not to do this pose or to modify/Contraindications:
It’s best to modify or not practice this pose if you have a recent or chronic injury to the knees, back, arms, wrists, or shoulders. If you have knee issues you may choose to fold up your mat or grab a blanket to place under your knees. For wrist issues you may modify by coming down onto your forearms parallel distance apart from each other, elbows under shoulders. Of course, if you have any medical concerns, talk with your doctor before practicing yoga.
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