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Find Your Path (Compass Pose)

By May 10, 2022Yoga Poses
Woman in compass pose

Today’s weekly class theme is ✨ finding your path

We believe it’s a significant time to shift your perspective… It may be time to try some new things. If you’ve been feeling stuck, sticky, damp and stagnant from the colder days, now is your chance to blossom like a rich tree or bed of flowers. Maybe the patterns and life choices you’ve been following, without thinking even, are hindering you from where you’re meant to go next. Or, you’ve been doing the work and now it’s time to reap some benefits.

Finding your path isn’t always clear. It also isn’t always and doesn’t have to be pretty. As humans, we each have a unique individual experience that leads us to different places, puts us in different situations, and leads us to different outcomes, some that fulfill our wildest dreams, and some that challenge and change us for the better.

Whatever stage you’re at on your journey, discovering your path is one of the most enlightening things to happen to you…and it may happen when you least expect it.

We’ve selected Compass Pose as the pose of the week (for obvious reasons)

While trying to navigate this journey called life, yoga can play a major role in keeping us focused. This week we’ve selected Compass Pose because it is a pose that embodies direction. Compass Pose is very much a pose that resembles a compass, an integral instrument in pointing us in the right direction. With your arm overhead, grabbing your foot, it feels as though your whole body can just naturally navigate you on the right path. Below we’ve listed three other poses to get you prepped for moving into Compass Pose.

Three poses to prepare you for Compass Pose 🧭

Baddha Konasana

Woman in bound angle pose

Baddha Konasana, or Bound Angle Pose, is a pose where your hands rest on your ankles as you sit with your legs butterflied.

Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana

Woman in revolved janu sirsasana pose

Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana, or Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose, is a pose that is deep in a side body stretch over to one side of the body, grabbing onto your foot with your opposite arm overhead.

Parivrtta Agnistambhasana

Woman in fire log pose

Parivrtta Agnistambhasana, or Firelog Pose, is a seated pose where the arms are stretched in front of you, palms down with fingers spread while your legs sit stacked on top of one another.

The grand finale, Surya Yantrasana (Compass Pose)!

Woman in compass pose

We know, Kate makes Compass Pose look easy and we promise you can get here if you warm up with the poses we mentioned earlier. This pose is pretty advanced, but nothing is out of your reach once you realize you’re on the right path! Surya Yantrasana is the perfect pose to enhance the flexibility in your shoulder, open up your hips and increase your overall flexibility.

How to:

  1. Begin in a seated, cross legged position
  2. Draw your right knee into your chest, and cradling your foot and knee, rocking it back and forth to help open the hip
  3. Grab your right foot with your left hand (or wrap a strap around your foot to create extra space)
  4. Slip your right arm and shoulder under your right knee, tenting your fingers onto the ground for stability
  5. Straighten the right leg any amount as you kick your right foot over head, and extend the left arm