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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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Apr 6th

Pose of the Month: Malasana – Garland Pose

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Garland Pose is a hip-opening yoga posture that helps to lengthen and open the hips, creating more mobility for all of your daily activities.

The Sanskrit name for this pose, “Malasana” comes from two words:

“Mala” — meaning “garland”
“Asana” — meaning “pose”

Sometimes called, “Yogi Squat,” Malasana is a preparatory position for the arm balance, “Crow Pose” (Bakasana).

Take a seat into this pose. Strengthen your legs, your heart and your ability to tap into coming to a peaceful place despite how your body may feel here. It is within the pose, when you want to come out the most that you can find the deepest, most peaceful kind of pose.

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Mar 5th

Ustrasana – Camel Pose

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Ustrasana is an intermediate level back-bending yoga posture known to open Anahata (Heart chakra). This posture adds flexibility and strength to the body and also helps in improving digestion.

Benefits (from yogajournal.com)

  • Stretches the entire front of the body, the ankles, thighs and groins, Abdomen and chest, and throat
  • Stretches the deep hip flexors (psoas)
  • Strengthens back muscles
  • Improves posture
  • Stimulates the organs of the abdomen and neck

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