"Arching man" By artist Alexander Calder 1929 Wire and paint
"Above all, art should be fun." -Alexander Calder
Arching man is practicing Urdvha Dhanurasana. Also known as upward facing bow or wheel pose. It stretches the chest, quads, abs and hip flexors, strengthens the wrists and arms, gives you energy, and is beneficial for asthma and infertility.
It is important to warm up the spine before coming into the full pose. It is also very important to warm up the quads and hip flexors.
When working with wire it is important to work slowly and loosely. If you are heavy or tight when working with hands or tools, the wire may get overworked. If the wire is overworked it hardens and can become so brittle that it breaks. Same principle with our bodies. Start slow, stay at ease and smile.
Wheel is playful and can bring us back to our childhood. A time when we saw the world with open eyes, and could see ourselves achieve anything. Calder has said, "The underlying sense of form in my work has been the system of the universe, or part thereof...." Allow yourself to smile and open yourself to the universe today. Above all, yoga should be fun. :)