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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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Dec 31st

Virasana – Hero Pose

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Hero Pose is a classical seated yoga posture that stretches the thighs and ankles while improving posture. It is one of the most ancient and traditional postures used for meditation and breathing exercises (pranayama).

Hero Pose is similar to the seated pose called “Thunderbolt Pose”. The main difference is that the feet are together in Thunderbolt Pose, while in Hero Pose, the heels are alongside the hips and the buttocks are on the floor.

Benefits (from yogajournal.com)

  • Stretches the thighs, knees, and ankles
  • Strengthens the arches
  • Improves digestion and relieves gas
  • Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
  • Reduces swelling of the legs during pregnancy (through second trimester)
  • Therapeutic for high blood pressure and asthma

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Oct 31st

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana – Upward Facing Dog Pose

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Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (OORD-vah MOO-kah shvon-AHS-anna) – Upward Facing Dog Pose

In Downward Facing dog we ground down and turn inward, while in Upward Facing Dog we turn up, lift and open the heart. As well as being a powerful heart opener, it is a backbend, and when performed in a gentle way as all backbends should be, it will create space and warmth within the heart center as well as release through the back. This pose can be done alone holding for a few breaths or as a pose in a vinyasa sequence after chaturanga and before downward facing dog.

Benefits (from yogajournal.com)

  • Improves posture
  • Strengthens the spine, arms, wrists
  • Stretches chest and lungs, shoulders, and abdomen
  • Firms the buttocks
  • Stimulates abdominal organs
  • Helps relieve mild depression, fatigue, and sciatica
  • Therapeutic for asthma

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