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This yoga pose is often referred to as Dancer but its full name is ‘Lord of the dance’ or natarajasana.

I love this movement on so many levels. There’s a focus on balance, abdominal/core recruitment, leg strength (particularly the supporting leg from ankle, knee through to thigh strengthening), finishing with a nice stretch across the chest, shoulder and of course the thigh. Worth trying with a supporting wall or prop for the outstretched hand to begin with.

Stillness, concentration and an acknowledgment of the entire body working in synergy.

In fact, years of kickboxing training often required that mantra as it helped establish the importance of balance (somewhat equal to strength), long before practicing any Yoga poses. Yet I find this movement requires the need to focus and be present in order to perform it correctly.

Strength, flexibility and calm all within one move…

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