What really matters in this pose is my relationship with the floor.
I am always guided by my sensory awareness. I discovered today a new sense of surrender to the floor.
This is the result of the sensation of pushing or feeling as though you resist the floor.
In my practise I decide how to move into dog: uncurl from the floor of Swan pose, folding back from Cobra, walking my feet back or my hands forward -both of which the weight is first moved into the feet.
This was not a contraction or letting go to the floor through my hands and feet, but through the hands and feet feeling the body containing the energy with its own weight, drawing back and up at the same time.
I felt an equilibrium of weight. Balance.
I prepared for dog pose with the Ski breath (using the arms as if Skiing) using the cleansing breath, then Chair pose, Half Dog pose, Half Pigeon pose and Three Legged Dog pose with hip circles whilst the bent leg is lifted, In a squat foot flexion and extension in a rise and fall of the heels (Upavesasana).
A Dynamic practise with the Sighing Breath in Half dog pose.
To Connect each area of the hip to the knees with each of these practise whilst attending to the natural breath, enables a grounded body even more deeply rooted into the floor through an equal amount of strength and release.
Feel inspired by this routine? send me an email with questions for your own practise, each person is individual and combinations are always dependent on experience and daily lifestyle