Dekasana – airplane pose – is a relatively recent addition to the assemblage of yoga poses we all know and love; it is a pose that resembles a much older yoga pose, Virabhadrasana III (Warrior III Pose).
How to do Dekasana – Airplane Pose:
- From Tadasana, transfer your weight into your right leg, extend your left leg back and up as you tip your torso forward.
- Press the big toe of the supporting foot into the floor as you simultaneously lift the arch of the foot. This will help you to balance. You will also find balancing easier if you engage all the muscles of the lifted leg. Press back through the ball of the lifted foot.
- Keep the hips level by rolling your left hip down and reaching the inside thigh of the left leg toward the sky.
- Press the back of the heart forward to create an opening through the chest. You can also do this by externally rotating the arms in the shoulder sockets. Reach the arms back, extending through the fingertips, like airplane wings.
- Gaze a few feet in front of you on the ground to help you balance and keep the back of the neck long.
Viola! You’re flying in Dekasana – Airplane Pose – Warrior III variation!