Yoga Benefits

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

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 ·

Asanas

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: Revolved Head to Knee (parivtta janu sirasana)

Revealed head to knee pose is a seated twisting and stretching pose that improves flexibility while calming the mind. This pose works all parts of your body so use caution if you have or have had hip, shoulder, arm, leg, or wrist injury. English Name: Revolved Head to Knee Sanskrit Name: Parivtta Janu Sirasana Difficulty Level: 3 ... Read More »

August 2, 2016 ·

Asanas

Asana of the Month

Yoga Boosts Mental Sharpness

This may not surprise most of you who practice yoga on a regular basis, but it has taken Western Medicine decades to acknowledge the mental and physical benefits of yoga. Improving mental sharpness as you age does not require any hatha yoga asanas to reap the benefits. An article in the May 10, 2016 Journal ... Read More »

July 16, 2016 ·

Yoga Benefits

Lotus Pose

Asana of The Month: Happy Baby (ananda balasana)

  If all adults were as happy as babies, we’d be live in an entirely different world. This months asana is happy baby. An easy asana that opens up the hips, massages abdominal muscles and back and can help relieve anxiety and stress of everyday life. Hold the pose  as long as it feels comfortable. Repeat ... Read More »

July 5, 2016 ·

Asanas

Asana of the Month

Asana of The Month: Handstand (adho mukha vrksasana)

Handstands improve balance and has a long list of physical and mental benefits, but also a long list of contraindications. If you have never performed a handstand, instruction by a certified yoga teacher will reduce your risk of injury (minor and serious). Hand stands are not for everyone, especially if you have glaucoma (high eye ... Read More »

June 7, 2016 ·

Asanas

Asana of the Month

Asana of The Month: Extended Side Hand to Big Toe (utthita parsva hasta padangusthasana)

Extended Side Hand to Big Toe is a challenging intermediate balancing pose that improves balance and concentration while stretching your legs, arms and back. Maintaining balance as you age can help prevent falls one of the leading causes of injury and death among people over 60. English Name: Extended Side Hand to Big Toe Sanskrit Name: Utthita parsva ... Read More »

May 3, 2016 ·

Asanas

Asana of the Month

Asana of The Month: Extended Hand to Big Toe (urdhva padangusthasana)

Extended Hand to Big Toe is a challenging intermediate balancing pose that improves concentration and balance while stretching your legs, arms and back. English Name: Extended Hand to Big Toe Sanskrit Name: Urdhva padangusthasana Difficulty Level: 6 Start Position: Mountain Pose Instructions: Step 1. Bend your right knee and bring it to your chest. Hold your foot with both ... Read More »

April 5, 2016 ·

Asanas

Asana of the Month