Indiana & Yoga Magazine Summer 2016 Issue 1 | Page 63

PHYSICAL YOGA Eye of the Needle Pose [Sucirandrasana soo-chi-ruhn-DRAHS-anna] 1. Lie down on your back bringing your feet flat to the mat and your knees bent 2. Lift one foot off of the ground and flex the foot 3. Cross the flexed foot over the opposite knee at the ankle 4. Reach the hands around the back of the thigh of the supporting leg pulling the knee to the chest 5. Stop when the stretch feels “just right” 6. Hold for 3-4 breath cycles or longer if you choose 7. Repeat on the other side Remember not all poses are for everybody, even triathletes, and every body is unique. Yoga is not a part of the competition. A regular yoga practice can help you become more aware of your unique physical traits. It will help you to tune in to what works for you. Respect and listen to what your body is telling you. Find a class near you Use our directory in the back of this issue to find a studio near you. Many studios offer classes called “Yoga for Athletes.” In these classes there will be a great deal of focus on hips and hamstrings. However, there are a variety of classes being offered that will benefit any athlete. The best way to get the most out of any class is to talk to the instructor at the beginning of class about your needs. INDIANA & YOGA MAGAZINE ISSUE I 61