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Posture of the Week: Fixed Firm Pose

Fixed Firm Pose helps cure sciatica, gout and rheumatism in the legs. It slims thighs, firms calf muscles, and strengthens the abdomen. It also strengthens and improves flexibility of lower spine, hips, knees and ankle joints.

Here are 4 tips for this posture:

  • In the set-up, make sure you feet are pointed directly back, not turned out to the sides. This posture opens up the ankles so you want to make sure to get the alignment right!  If you have tight ankles, this might be a challenge. If you have really tight ankles, you may have to place more of your weight on your hands out in front of you or to your sides until the ankles start to open up.
  • Don’t be afraid to open up your knees as wide as you need to help you get your hips on the floor. You do not have to have your hips perfectly touching the floor before you start to go back. Just make sure your knees don’t pop up in the air beause then you went too far.
  • If you struggle with knee or ankle pain/injuries place your body-weight forward and gently guide your hips in between your heals using your hands and arms. This is a snug fit, hips and heals in contact. If a student’s bum is nowhere close to touching the floor it’s advised to avoid going further (i.e. hands on feet or elbows touching the floor).
  • YOU HAVE TO MOVE AT YOUR OWN PACE. If you do, the benefits for your knees and ankles can be more helpful than any other physical therapy or surgery you can do for these delicate but crucial parts of your body.