Yoga Benefits

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

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