Yoga with Melissa 89, Yoga Stories: Gomukhasana or Cow’s Face Pose

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Yoga with Melissa 89, Yoga Stories: Gomukhasana or Cow’s Face Pose. This week our full hatha yoga class reflects on Vishnu’s eighth incarnation as Krishna and his life as a young cow-herder. In those days Krishna was known as Govinda or Gopala. This class will release your ankles, hips, shoulders and chests to prepare you for cow’s face pose. Cows are known for their gentle and peaceful nature and we will try to embody these qualities as we move into gomukhasana. Krishna’s days as Govinda or Gopala are symbolic of protecting the divine feminine represented by the cows.

This hatha yoga class begins with the story of Govinda or Gopala and the teaching’s on Gomukhasana. We then lie down to do some dynamic and static opening of your hips. We also do a reclined twist with cow’s face legs to release your hips, spine and shoulders. When we come to kneeling we explore cat pose with cow’s face legs. When we come to standing we do some shoulder releases with breath of joy and cow’s face arms. Variations of puppy pose will further release your shoulder girdle. We finish this full hatha yoga class with variations on cow’s face pose.

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