Asanas

Asana of the Month: Lion (Simhasana)

Lion pose may seem like one of the most embarrassing hatha yoga poses you can perform. Many yoga classes, especially vinyasa or power yoga,  skip this simple but beneficial pose. It’s hard for most Westerners to believe sitting on your knees and sticking your tongue out can have any physical or mental benefits, but this ... Read More »

December 5, 2017 ·

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Asana of the Month: Side Reclining Leg Lift (Anantasana)

Side reclining Leg Lift stretches your hamstring increasing leg  and hip flexibility. It also strengthens leg and arm muscles. If your flexibility is limited, use a strap for a gentle variation. Place the strap over the sole of your foot and lift your leg as high as it feels comfortable. You can maintain gentle pressure on ... Read More »

November 7, 2017 ·

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Asana of the Month: Extended Leg Lift (Urdhva Prasarita Padmasana)

Extended Leg Lift looks simple, but in a few seconds you’ll discover how  flexible or inflexible your body really is. Like all yoga poses, don’t despair if you can’t lift your legs perpendicular to the floor or place both arms flat on the floor above your your head. Increased flexibility will come with time and ... Read More »

October 3, 2017 ·

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Asana of The Month: One-leg Revolved Headstand (parivrttaikapada sirsasana)

One-leg Revolved headstand is a variation of Supported Headstand with many of the same physical and mental benefits. Always obtain profession instruction form a certified yoga instructor before attempting headstands to avoid neck injuries. Caution: Inverted poses may increase eye pressure. Read More. English Name: One-leg Revolved Headstand Sanskrit Name: Parivrttaikapada Sirsasana Difficulty Level: 6 Start Position: Supported ... Read More »

September 5, 2017 ·

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20 Minute Guided Vinyasa Yoga Video

In 2013, I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Los Angeles, California yoga teacher Syann Stevens. On a warm day at Venice Beach we shot a 10 minute vinyasa yoga video featuring many common hatha yoga poses. That video, without narration, had over 25,000 views. Almost four years later, we collaborated to produce ... Read More »

August 27, 2017 ·

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Asana of The Month: One Leg Inverted Staff (eka pada viparita dandasana)

One Leg Inverted Staff pose provides the same physical and mental benefits as wheel pose with slightly increased difficulty. People with glaucoma should use caution and talk to their eye doctor about the the possibility of increased eye pressure doing this pose. English Name: One Leg Inverted Staff Sanskrit Name: Eka Pada Viparita Dandasana Difficulty Level: 7 ... Read More »

August 1, 2017 ·

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Asana of the Month

Asana of the Month: Wheel (urdhva dhanurasana)

Wheel pose, also know as upward-facing bow, is a challenging back bend that strengthens the arms, legs, back, and abdomen. While usually classified as a backward bending pose, people with glaucoma should use caution and talk to their eye doctor about the the possibility of increased eye pressure doing this pose. English Name: Wheel Alternate English ... Read More »

July 4, 2017 ·

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Asana of The Month: Intense Three-Limb Stretch (trianga mukhaikapada paschimottanasana)

Intense Three-Limb Stretch is a moderately difficult pose that stretches and strengthens your back, arms, and legs. While it provides numerous physical and mental benefits, do not force yourself into the pose. If you lack the flexibility to clasp your hands in front of your feet, you can place a strap around your foot holding on ... Read More »

June 6, 2017 ·

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Asana of The Month: Inclined Plane (purvottanasana)

Staff Pose is the start position for Inclined Plane. Inclined Plane strengths your arms, legs and core while improving balance. Do not attempt this pose if you have back, leg, neck, or arm injury. English Name: Inclined Plane Sanskrit Name: Purvottanasana Difficulty Level: 4 Start Position: Staff Instructions: Step 1. Walk your hands back with your fingers pointing towards ... Read More »

May 2, 2017 ·

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Asana of The Month: Horse Face (vatayanasana)

This moderately difficult pose resembles the face of a horse. It strengthens and stretches the legs, arms and back, but can be too intense for people with arm or leg pain or injuries, or who have difficulty getting into or sitting in lotus pose. English Name: Horse Face Sanskrit Name: Vatayanasana Difficulty Level: 7 Start Position: Kneeling Instructions: ... Read More »

April 4, 2017 ·

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