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Nov 5th

Baddha Virabhadrasana (Humble Warrior)

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When you trust this pose and let yourself surrender, you release any need to grasp and control, and you may just experience a glorious floating sensation. Gravity can pull harder the more we resist, but Humble Warrior teaches us to honor this powerful force and learn from it.

Unlike the far-reaching dristi (point of gaze) practiced in Warrior I, II, and III, Humble Warrior reminds us to humbly look inward and value the moments of introspection. Even the words “humble” and “warrior” can seem like a contradiction, but only through humility and beyond can we truly know ourselves.

Directions:

  • Begin in Warrior I with the right leg in front.
  • Gently step your front foot one to two steps over to the right with your toes slightly turning right to keep the groin open and protect your knee.
  • Interlace your fingers behind your back. Inhale to expand your chest and lungs.
  • As you exhale, continue to keep your heart open and gently bow forward. Your right shoulder may lovingly nudge your right leg even further to the right as you release your pelvis and drop deeper into the pose.

Benefits:

  • Stimulates the nervous system
  • Stimulates the abdominal organs
  • Opens the lungs and chest
  • Stretches the shoulders, arms, legs, back and neck
  • Opens the hips
  • Strengthens the legs and ankles

– Benefits from Yoga Journal

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Oct 1st

Natarajasana (Lord of the Dance)

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IMG_4927Dancers have the ability to cultivate grace and ease while confidently spinning around and making leaps across the floor. They are able to do this as a result of practicing inner focus, while training their bodies to be flexible, strong and balanced. Lord of the Dance pose is a great pose to tap into your most creative, strong, balanced self, thus bringing abundance. Not only is this pose a back bend but a heart opener. When we work with heart openers and back bends we start to clear out any junk in the heart center leaving it wide open, ready to receive and cultivate all the good stuff!  (more…)

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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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