Balancing Act

This issue’s cover model Amy Ippoliti shows us how to move from Supta Padangusthasana to Ardha Chandra Chapasana.  We give you a sneak peak here, you can find the whole practice in the latest issue. Supta 
Padangusthasana Supta = Reclining · Pada = Foot 
Angusta = Big toe · Asana = Pose Reclining Hand-to-Big Toe […]

Side-Reclining Leg Lift

Side-Reclining Leg Lift: Step-by-Step Instructions

  Side-Reclining Leg Lift: Step-by-Step Instructions Lie on the floor on your right. Press actively through your right heel, flex the ankle, and use the outside of the foot to stabilize the position (if you still feel unstable, brace your soles against the wall.) Stretch your right arm straight out along the floor parallel to […]

Side Plank Pose: Step by Step Instructions

Side Plank Pose

  The full version of Vasisthasana, as taught by BKS Iyengar, with the top leg raised perpendicular to the floor, is beyond the capacity of most beginners. The pose described here is a modified version suitable for all levels of students. (vah-sish-TAHS-anna) Vasistha = literally means “most excellent, best, richest.” Vasistha is the name of […]

Warrior III Pose

Virabhadrasana III

    Virabhadra = the name of a fierce warrior, an incarnation of Shiva, described as having a thousand heads, a thousand eyes, and a thousand feet; wielding a thousand clubs; and wearing a tiger’s skin. (veer-ah-bah-DRAHS-anna) Warrior III Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions Stand in Tadasana (Mountain Pose), exhale and fold foward to Uttanasana. From Uttanasana, exhale […]

Lord of the Dance Pose

lord of dance

  We’ll start with a modified version of the pose. The full pose will be described in the Variation section below. (not-ah-raj-AHS-anna) nata = actor, dancer, mime raja = king Lord of the Dance Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions Stand in Tadasana (Mountain Pose). Inhale, shift your weight onto your right foot, and lift your left heel […]

Handstand: Step-by-Step Instructions

handstand

Like its inverted cousins such as Forearm Balance and Headstand, a major obstacle to Handstand is a natural fear of falling. So the basic pose will be described with the heels supported against a wall. Make sure that there are no hanging pictures or other decorations on the wall directly above you. (ah-doh moo-kah vriks-SHAHS-anna)adho […]

Half Moon Pose

half moon pose

  The moon has a rich symbolic significance in yoga mythology. In hatha yoga, for example, the sun and the moon represent the two polar energies of the human body. In fact, the word hatha itself is often divided into its two constituent syllables, “ha” and “tha”, which are then esoterically interpreted as signifying the […]

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 thigh, cross it over the front ankle, and hold the outside of your left foot. If your hamstrings are tight, hold a strap looped around the left sole. Firm the front thigh muscles of […]

Eagle Pose

(gah-rue-DAHS-anna) Garuda = the mythic “king of the birds,” the vehicle of Vishnu. The word is usually rendered into English as “eagle,” though according to one dictionary the name literally means “devourer,” because Garuda was originally identified with the “all-consuming fire of the sun’s rays.” Eagle Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions Stand in Tadasana. Bend your knees […]

Supported Shoulderstand

  (sah-LOM-bah sar-van-GAHS-anna) salamba = with support (sa = with alamba = support) sarva = all anga = limb. There are variations of Shoulderstand that are “unsupported” = niralamba, pronounced near-ah-LOM-bah) Supported Shoulderstand: Step-by-Step Instructions Fold two or more firm blankets into rectangles measuring about 1 foot by 2 feet, and stack them one on […]