About the Pose
prastha = stable, spread, table-land on the top of a mountain; asana = posture
This pose doesn’t get a fraction of the respect it deserves but let’s change that. This is where so much can be learned safely before adding weight and complexity.
Let’s start with the wrists. Whether a practice is aimed toward athletic vinyasa or just trying to keep the body functioning well for a long time, this pose prepares the practitioner for poses with more weight borne on the wrists by providing an opportunity to simultaneously engage the flexors and extensors of the wrists, thereby opening them, strengthening them, and taking stress off of the articulating surfaces of the joints.
And then there’s the low back. This is the place to teach how to use core intelligently to stabilize and lengthen the lumbar spine- a skill that is called upon in almost every non-restorative yoga pose that there is.
Mastering this pose may only take a few minutes or it may take forever. But, please do master it before approaching Downward Facing Dog, Plank, Four Limbed Staff Pose, or any other asana bearing more weight in wrist extension.
Asana Tech Specs
Overall Tapas Ratings
Sthira / Strength: 1 of 5
unyielding, firm, hard, solid, compact, strong, fixed, immovable, motionless, still, calm, not wavering or tottering, steady, durable, constant, steadfast, resolute, persevering
Sukha / Range of Motion: 2 of 5
yielding, ease, good space, a perfectly round axle hole
Svadhyaya / Knowledge: 2 of 5
study of the self