Chaturanga gets a bad rap...
It’s not it’s fault that is has become the default pacing and transition mechanism of Vinyasa Style yoga classes.
That’s probably Pattabhi Jois’ fault and well that guy had a few issues.
What? Too soon?
Chaturanga is not meant to be the sole strength builder of the shoulder girdle.
Likewise if you don’t already posses a lot of upper body strength and mobility, this pose is pretty freaking hard.
Quite frankly, and I say this with loving kindness, all our Chaturanga’s could use some work.
But that work doesn’t have to be through the front door of meticulously refining alignment in just this one pose until the end of time. I mean, it’s been broken down and disagreed about enough at this point! ⠀
I’m going to take you through the side door. The door that gives you alternatives that aren’t just putting your knees on the floor. The door that says, “maybe we can do a Vinyasa that isn’t Chaturanga to Up Dog.” The door that builds resilience in your tissues 360 around your upper body so you’re like, “oh Chaturanga, yeah that’s no biggie.”
We are going to work on Chaturanga without doing any Chaturangas!
Pratipaksha Bhavana but for your shoulders.
When something isn’t working do something else.