The 5-pointed star pose is a basic, simple, yet extremely dynamic and energetic yoga pose.
Star pose or star pose is a yoga movement that brings a lot of energy, joy and comfort. This is one of the main movements of the moon salutation sequence. During yoga sessions, this pose is often used to warm up or to transition between triangle pose (Trikonasana) and goddess pose (Utkata Konasana).
Benefits of the star pose in yoga
The star pose stretches the body in many directions at once. In particular, this pose also helps to align the spine correctly, helping to improve gait, standing, and relieve back and shoulder pain. With the ability to expand the chest, the star pose can help the practitioner open up more, thereby increasing feelings of love, happiness and enjoyment.
If practiced correctly, star pose will work all the muscles in the body. Specifically, it will help strengthen the legs, ankles, abdomen and back, helping to relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of sciatica and flat feet. In addition, with the expansion of the lungs and heart, this pose also improves circulation and breathing. Practicing this pose combined with regular and rhythmic breathing will help reduce stress and improve concentration.
Detailed instructions on how to perform movements
Start with the star pose from the mountain pose
With the star pose in yoga, you:
- Start in mountain pose (Tadasana) with your arms down to the sides of your body. Then, rest your hands on your hips comfortably.
- Turn to the right and step with your feet wide. Slightly turn your toes outward so they point into the corners of the mat.
- Extend your arms to your sides, lifting your arms up to shoulder height with palms facing forward.
- Press your heels firmly into the mat and stand fully upright. Take care not to immobilize the knee. Place your feet firmly on the mat
- Straighten your back, don’t let your spine curve
- Arms outstretched, fingers extended
- Neck, ears, shoulders and hips should be in a straight line.
Breathe evenly. With each exhale, you will feel your body stretch in many directions: up, down, left, right, front, back. Gently look ahead. Hold the pose for up to a minute, then drop your arms down to the sides of your body and step your feet together to return to mountain pose.
Variation of the star pose
If you feel a strain in your lower back or shoulders, you can try some of these modifications:
- If you are new to this pose, you can practice it by leaning your back against a wall. The lower back will be slightly arched, but the heels, buttocks, and shoulders should touch the wall lightly. Keep your head away from the wall, keeping your ears in line with your shoulders.
- If you have mastered it and want to increase the difficulty, close your eyes while doing it. Or you can tiptoe up.
The arms and hands can also be placed in various positions. To widen your chest and shoulders, point your palms forward. To calm the mind, find center and balance, clasp your hands in prayer position and place them in front of your chest. If you want to stabilize your body, you can put your hands on your hips.
Note when performing the action
Star pose is a fun, energetic pose that is suitable for yoga practitioners of all levels
To get the best results when performing the 5-pointed star pose, you need to keep a few things in mind:
- Adjust your posture from the bottom up. First, you need to align your feet and heels, and then distribute the weight evenly on both feet. Next, bring awareness to the ankles, shins, calves, and thighs. Then, look for alignment in the tailbone, pelvis, and abdomen, and then the collarbone, shoulder blades, arms, and neck. Finally, bring awareness to your fingertips and to the top of your head.
- To find a balanced center of gravity, lean your whole body forward, then lean back, leaning left then right. Then, realign the body so that the ears, shoulders, hips, and heels are aligned, and the head and tailbone should also be aligned vertically.
- Avoid doing this if you are suffering from headaches, insomnia, low blood pressure or if you are feeling light-headed or dizzy.
- Always practice according to your own ability, avoid forcing the body too much. If you have any health concerns, consult your doctor before doing so.
The 5-pointed star pose is a movement that can help you regain balance in all areas of your life. Practicing this pose regularly will bring a sense of poise, strength, and calmness into your daily routine. To learn more about how to perform the 5-pointed star pose and other poses in yoga, download easyhealthylive.com to your device, connect with a professional yoga teacher for specific instructions.
How to Do Star Pose in Yoga https://www.yogaoutlet.com/blogs/guides/how-to-do-star-pos-in-yoga Access date: March 21, 2021
John Alen was born in 1971 and is a doctor in the healthcare and psychology fields with many years of experience. He is currently working at easyhealthylive.com, a leading health and psychology blog. Having studied at Y1 National Medical University named after IM Sechenov, John Alen is using his knowledge and experience to help improve the physical and mental health of people in the United States.