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Sep 11th

Dhanurasana (don-your-AHS-anna) – Bow Pose

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Bow pose is named after the resemblance of the archer’s bow, with the torso and legs representing the body of the bow, and the arms the string. This pose builds incredible strength and elasticity in the back and spine.

Benefits (from yogajournal.com)

Stretches the entire front of the body, ankles, thighs and groins, abdomen and chest, and throat, and deep hip flexors (psoas)

Strengthens the back muscles

Improves posture

Stimulates the organs of the abdomen and neck (more…)

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Aug 16th

Urdhva Dhanurasana – Upward Facing Bow/Full Wheel Pose

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Urdhva Dhanurasana (OORD-vah don-your-AHS-anna)
Pictured Yoga Instructor Jacob Ellis

Full wheel pose take strength and length as you lift into the full expression. Once there, this pose can increase energy as it fully allows the heart center to be open as you lift to the sky. This pose does require a deep back bending so the body should be warm and many other gently prep poses such as bridge should be performed before coming to the full expression of wheel.  (more…)

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Jul 12th

Camatkarasana – Wild Thing

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A combination of a backbend, a balancing pose, hip opener, and a core strengthener, Wild Thing should be approached with a sense of playfulness and wonder as a joyful expression of your own grace and inner strength.

Benefits

  • Opens up chest, lung & shoulder areas
  • Opens the front of the legs & hip flexors
  • Builds strength in shoulders & upper back

Directions

1. Start in Downward Facing Dog.

2. Press into 3-legged dog by drawing the right leg up to the sky and rooting down through the left leg.

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Jun 14th

Pose of the Month: Virabhadrasana III – Warrior III

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Virbhadrasana, the name of a fierce warrior, an incarnation of Shiva, described as having a thousand heads, a thousand eyes, and a thousand feet takes this pose with strength, grace and balance. As with any balance poses, staying present, listening to the subtle movements of the body, and practicing often is key to finding your best expression. Balance comes with understanding and embracing opposites. Within this pose, experiment with reaching forward as far as you can with your fingers and back with your toes. What you may find in the center is your ultimate place of unwavering balance.

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May 22nd

Pose of the Month: Utkatasana – Chair/Fierce Pose

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Utkatasana is a great blend of strengthening the legs as you squat while keeping your heart open as you lift your arms to the sky. Add in a twist to each side for great cleansing benefits as you release energy and massage the internal organs. It builds a lot of heat in the body, and fast!

Benefits (from yogajournal.com)

Strengthens the ankles, thighs, calves, and spine

Stretches shoulders and chest

Stimulates the abdominal organs, diaphragm, and heart

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