Marichi’s Pose

(mar-ee-chee-AHS-anna) Marichi = literally means a ray of light (of the sun or moon). Marichi is the son of Brahma and chief of the...
One-Legged King Pigeon Pose

One-Legged King Pigeon Pose

The full pose, which is suitable for intermediate students, will be described in the Full Pose section below. First we’ll practice the leg position...

Fire Log Pose

Fire Log Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions Sit on one edge of a thickly-folded blanket, knees bent, feet on the floor. Lightly shrug your...

Extended Hand-To-Big-Toe Pose

Extended Hand-To-Big-Toe Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions From Tadasana, bring your left knee toward your belly. Reach your left arm inside the...

Easy Pose

Easy Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions Fold a thick blanket or two into a firm support about six inches high. Sit close to one...

Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend

(oo-pah-VEESH-tah cone-AHS-anna) upavistha = seated, sitting kona = angle Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend: Step-by-Step Instructions Sit in Dandasana (Staff Pose), then lean your torso back slightly...

Reclining Bound Angle Pose

(SOUP-tah BAH-dah cone-NAHS-anna) supta = lying down, reclining baddha = bound kona = angle Reclining Bound Angle Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions Perform Baddha Konasana. Exhale and lower...

Wide-Legged Forward Bend

(pra-sa-REE-tah pah-doh-tahn-AHS-anna) prasarita = stretched out, expanded, spread, with outstretched limbs pada = foot ut = intense tan = to stretch or extend (compare the Latin verb...

Half Lord of the Fishes Pose

(ARE-dah MOT-see-en-DRAHS-anna) ardha = half Matsyendra = king of the fish (matsya = fish indra = ruler), a legendary teacher of yoga Half Lord of...

Cow Face Pose

(go-moo-KAHS-anna) go = cow (Sanskrit go is a distant relative of the English word “cow”) mukha = face Cow Face Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions Sit in...