Asanas

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 ·

Asanas

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 ·

Asanas

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 ·

Asanas

Asana of The Month: Heron (krounchasana)

This intermediate difficulty sitting pose stretches your ham strings, shoulders, chest, arms and back. It can also increase alertness and receive minor back pain. If you are pregnant, do not do Heron pose during your 3rd trimester. English Name: Heron Sanskrit Name: Krounchasana Difficulty Level: 5 Start Position: Hero Instructions: Step 1. Extend your right leg and wrap both hands ... Read More »

March 7, 2017 ·

Asanas

Asana of The Month: Reclining Hero (supra virasana)

Reclining Hero begins in Hero pose and continues until the upper back and shoulders lie flat against the floor. Although Reclining Hero has the same level of difficulty as Hero pose, you may find it more challenging depending on the physical condition and flexibility of your knees, legs, back and shoulders. If reclining hero is too intense for you, ... Read More »

February 7, 2017 ·

Asanas

One-Legged King of Pigeon Pose (eka pada rajakapotasana)

There are many variations and modifications to accommodate all levels for Pigeon pose. This more advanced pigeon pose is rightly called King of Pigeons as it provides an intense stretch to all parts of the body. English Name: One-Legged King of Pigeon Pose Sanskrit Name: Eka pada rajakapotasana Difficulty Level: 7 Start Position: Downward-facing dog Instructions: Step 1. ... Read More »

January 3, 2017 ·

Asanas

Asana of the Month: Hero (virasana)

Hero pose stretches leg muscles more than kneeling pose where you sit on your heels rather than on the floor. You get the benefits of stretching your leg and thigh muscles while calming the mind. English Name: Hero Sanskrit Name: Virasana Difficulty Level: 4 Start Position: Kneeling Instructions: Step 1. Starting in kneeling pose, separate your feet and ... Read More »

December 6, 2016 ·

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Asana of the Month

Asana of The Month: Heavenly Spirits (valakhilyasana)

Heavenly Spirits (valakhilyasana) provides more of an upper body and hip stretch than pigeon pose. It improves flexibility and upper body circulation while improving focus and reducing mild anxiety and depression. English Name: Heavenly Spirits Sanskrit Name: Valakhilyasana Difficulty Level: 7 Start Position: One-Legged King of Pigeon Pose Instructions: Step 1. Use both hands to grab your leg. ... Read More »

November 1, 2016 ·

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Asana of the Month

Asana of The Month: Eagle Headstand (garuda salamba sirsasana)

Eagle Headstand is a variation of Supported Headstand with the same contraindications, and physical and mental benefits. Headstands and arm stands are not for everyone especially if you have glaucoma or a family history of glaucoma. A small study raised concerns about inverted poses increasing eye pressure. Consult with your optometrist or ophthalmologist before doing ... Read More »

October 4, 2016 ·

Asanas

Asana of the Month

Asana of the Month: Supported Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana)

Supported Headstand is a moderately difficult pose with as many contraindications as physical and mental benefits. Headstands and arm stands are not for everyone especially if you have glaucoma or a family history of glaucoma. A small study raised concerns about inverted poses increasing eye pressure. Consult with your optometrist or ophthalmologist before doing this ... Read More »

September 6, 2016 ·

Asanas