How to Do a Yoga Dragon Pose


Yoga Dragon Pose          The yoga dragon pose is considered to be one of the hardest yoga poses because it can be held for long periods of time as a fantastic hip opener. Hip openers tend to be rough because the hips are a seldom stretched part of the human body. Also they become stiff from sitting for long periods of time. The yoga dragon pose is a true test of stamina and will. In Yin yoga classes the dragon pose can last for over 5 minutes at a time. An experienced yogi can hold a dragon pose for over ten minutes without faltering. Follow the steps below to hold a dragon pose like an experienced yogi.

Step 1

Yoga Mat Start out by placing both hands flat and palms down near the front of your yoga mat. Keep your hands about hips width apart.

Step 2

Step your left foot in between your hands in a lunge formation.

Step 3

Extend your right leg as far back towards the mat as you can. Keep the front of your foot down towards the mat, with the heel facing upwards towards the sky. The key here is to extend the leg as much as you can so that you start to feel a stretch in the hip.

Step 4

You can try different yoga variations with the positioning of your hands in order to feel the stretch in different areas. Try keeping both of your hands planted on the yoga mat on the inside of your left leg. For a more advanced dragon pose plant the elbows on the ground and the forearms flat on the yoga mat.

Step 5

Hold this pose for as long as you can. Each time you practice the pose try to hold it for a bit longer. Your hips will really benefit from this yoga posture.

Step 6

Come out of your dragon pose by going into a downward dog position. The downward dog will be your rest position from this pose.

Step 7

Repeat steps 1 through 6 on the other side lunging with the right leg this time and extending the left leg out behind you.

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