Asanas

Asana of the Month: Half Lord of the Fishes (ardha matsyendrasana)

Half Lord of the Fishes pose works every part of your body. There are many variations. If you cannot do the pose as shown, you can do a gentle variation (see photo below) placing your right hand on the floor behind your back and rest your left arm over your right knee with your hand ... Read More »

May 1, 2018 ·

Asanas

Asana of the Month: Easy Sitting (Sukhasana)

Easy sitting looks like a very simple pose. But, many people are not flexible enough to have both knees contacting the floor. If you are one of them, it is not a problem. Unlike other physical activities, yoga is not about no pain – no gain. Pain is your bodies way of telling you you ... Read More »

April 3, 2018 ·

Asanas

Asana of the Month Looking Within (Sanmukhi Mudra)

Looking Within uses the leg placement of Lotus pose while using both hands to block sight and sound. Instead of a mudra resting both hands on your knees, legs, or below the abdomen, your hands cover your eyes blocking out visual stimulus and your thumbs are placed in the ear canal or over the ear canal ... Read More »

March 6, 2018 ·

Asanas

Lotus (Padmasana)

No other pose is more closely associated with hatha yoga than Lotus pose (padmasana). Lotus is what hatha yoga is all about. Asana prepares the body to sit in Lotus for hours of meditation. Many Westerners associate asana with a physical workout to tone the body. Astanga and power yoga are just another way of ... Read More »

February 6, 2018 ·

Asanas

Asana of the Month: Locust (Salabhasana)

Locusts have plagued mankind for thousands of years. It is the scourge of an agricultural society. Locust swarms can destroy crops in a matter of minutes. And yet, this pest was the inspiration for this intermediate hatha yoga pose that tones your abdomen and strengthens your back, arm and leg muscles. You’ll know within seconds ... Read More »

January 2, 2018 ·

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 ·

Asanas

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 ·

Asanas

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 ·

Asanas

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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