Dragon Pose got it’s name on purpose: It supports us with finding our edge and sometimes brings us to a state of “breathing fire” – encountering powerful emotions that we have stored deep within our being: anger, fear of not being able to “carry on” – it’s our own vulnerability that is allowed to ascend to the surface in this powerful pose of Yin Yoga.
The fantastic thing about it is, that it allows for so many creative variations that all can support you with what you actually need right now! Despite its versatility it remains a deeply transformative pose. Did I already mention that I am loving it? 🙂 🙂
Dragon Pose works deep into our groin where it is able to unfold its healing powers for our hip joint. It lengthens and opens the hip flexors of our back leg and – according to the modification we apply – can also influence the quadriceps in a positive way. Practising Dragon can be very beneficial for us If we have problems with our sciatic nerve.
Dragon Pose in its many varieties includes also poses where we bring our back knee to the earth in order to release the knee cap of the back leg. Yin Yoga encourages yogi(ni)s to experiment with bolsters or blankets in order to focus better on the areas of opening: The hip flexors (psoas & iliacus).
Overstepping Dragon is a creative opportunity to transfer the opening into the back of the lower leg. In this case, the knee gently rests in front of the toes of the leg in front. Because we are not moving and residing still in this pose, the front knee is safe and we can entirely concentrate on the myo-fascial work in the gastrocnemius & soleus.
Whatever version you’re deciding to choose for your practice today: You have my blessings for being at peace as you become still in order to move through the fire or this pose and embrace your transformation! Happy Yinning!
PS: I also teach Vinyasa Flow. In case you want to know more about my work in this area, please visit my website chiaradina.com!