Kurmasana, Tortoise Posture, is one of the crux poses of the primary series, each asana that comes before is preparing for this challenging section of the sequence. This posture has two parts, the A part emphasizes forward bending and the B part, hip opening. Use the modification present here if you have difficulty with forward bending and/or tight shoulders. Elevate your hips with a block and then come forward and lower you head onto a block. Using the blocks gives you a measure of helpful distance away from the ground so that you can elongate both sets of limbs and the spinal column. Work slowly and patiently, like the tortoise, this will ensure that you progress is safe, sure and steady. In this video I also demonstrate a dynamic entrance into the posture and exit out of the posture. I also provide you with a few tips for working in the B part.