December pose of the month by yoga instructor Natalie Pollinger

Natarajasana – Lord of the dance pose

I chose Natarajasana – lord of the dance pose as it is a graceful and heart opening pose. I feel both grounded and uplifted in this pose.

As we move into the final month of the year, it is a good time to find your inner cosmic dancer. It is the dance of life with its ups and downs, day and night, change of the seasons. Since December is the fourth month, and the number four also corresponds with the 4th energy center the heart chakra. The heart chakra is much like the winter. It is the bridge between the spiritual and the physical.

Natarajasana, is a challenging pose, as it requires stillness within movement and dancing within stillness. This heart opening pose asks us to be stable but at ease, fully engaged but at peace.

In the Indian myth – Nataraja, lord Shiva is portrayed as the cosmic dancer, creating and destroying at the same time. Literally if we transform this to our lives we also sometimes must destroy to create new. This stands for things that no longer serve us. It also teaches us to be fully present in the moment in the here and now.

Instructions for Natarajasana
Stand in tree pose or tadasana.
As you inhale, shift your weight to the left foot and lift your right heal towards your buttocks. You can also modify this pose and wrap a strap under the top of your right foot. Reach back with your right hand, grasp your foot or the strap, and raise the left hand up toward the ceiling. The clue here is really to kick your right foot up as much as you can.

Practicing this pose stretches your shoulders, quads and hip flexors and improves your balance.

Happy practicing! Namaste 🙂

Writer of this article is yoga instructor Natalie Pollinger. Please join for yoga classes at Well-Being on Sundays, Friday’s and monthly events in Luxembourg!

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