While I have been curious and dabbled a little here and there, I have never really learned much Ruesri Dat Ton/Thai Yoga. This past weekend, I was lucky enough to learn a little from Kristine Traucht at the Annual Wai Khru I attended. This pose hit every spot I always want someone to massage – it’s my new favorite thing!
I have no idea what the name of this pose is (or the name of any Thai Yoga pose, really), so I call it the Teapot. Tip it over and pour it out, just like the song says 🙂
Benefits: Great for releasing neck, shoulders and side body; opens the sinuses, decreases pressure at the base of the skull.
Cautions: This pose can be a little awkward as you develop the flexibility required. Bear with it, it’s worth it, and don’t push yourself.
How to do the Teapot – Ruesri Dat Ton/Thai Yoga style:
- Sit with legs crossed.
- Hold onto your left knee with your right hand.
- Take your left hand to the base of your skull, pressing UP onto the occiput with the heel of your hand.
- Hold the breath in as you use your left hand to press your head toward your right knee. Let your whole torso move, using your right hand as a stabilizer. Experiment with looking forward or down.
- As you exhale, release the pose.
- Try this 3-5 times on one side, then on the other.