How to Achieve the Perfect Eight Point Salute Pose
Ashtanga Namaskara or the Eight Point Salute pose is a perfect alternative for a beginner not quite ready for the Chaturanga Dandasana pose.
- Strengthens the arms and legs
- Develops and opens the chest muscles
- Lengthens the throat muscles
- From plank pose, exhale and separately lower the knees, chest, then chin to the floor
- Keep the hips reaching up
- Keep the sit bones pointed upwards and the toes curled
- Pull the abdomen away from the ground
- Push the upper body forward into an Upward Facing Dog
Breaths: Aim for 4 breaths
Avoid: If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, a wrist injury, or any recent injuries to your neck, shoulder, or elbow. Also avoid if you are pregnant and past your first trimester.