Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose

parivrtta = revolvedjanu = kneesirsa = head Revolved Side Angle Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions Sit on the floor with your torso upright and your legs wide. Bend your left knee and snug the heel into your left groin. Then slightly bend your right knee and slide the heel a few inches toward the right buttock. Exhale, […]

Pose Dedicated to the Sage Marichi I

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Marichi is the great-grandfather of Manu (“man, thinking, intelligent”), the Vedic Adam, and the “father” of humanity. (mar-ee-chee-AHS-anna) Marichi = literally a ray of light. Pose Dedicated to the Sage Marichi I: Step-by-Step Instructions Sit in Dandasana (Staff Pose). Bend your left knee and place the foot on the floor, with the heel as close […]

Marichi’s Pose

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 Maruts (“shining ones”), the war-like storm gods. He’s one of the seven (sometimes 10 or 12) seers (rishis) or lords of creation (prajapatis), who intuitively “see” and declare the divine […]

Monkey Pose

  (hah-new-mahn-AHS-anna) “It was the greatest leap ever taken. The speed of Hanuman’s jump pulled blossoms and flowers into the air after him and they fell like little stars on the waving treetops. The animals on the beach had never seen such a thing; they cheered Hanuman, then the air burned from his passage, and […]

Heron Pose

  Vyasa, Patanjali’s oldest extant commentator, mentions this pose, though he doesn’t describe how to do it: “The curlew and other seats [asana] may be understood by actually seeing a curlew and the other animals seated” (Yoga Sutra 2.46). Heron Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions Sit in Dandasana (Staff Pose). Bring your left leg into Ardha Virasana. […]

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 shoulders up, strongly roll the heads of your upper arm bones back, and press the bottom tips of your shoulder blades into your back. Slide your left foot under your right leg […]

Easy Pose can be hard

For some, Easy Pose isn’t that easy. For millennia, people all over the world have been sitting on the ground in cross-legged positions such as Sukhasana (Easy Pose). Although this seated posture looks simple and even commonplace, when you practice it with a clear intention, Sukhasana has the power to draw you deep inside, leading […]

Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend

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  Wide-Angle Seated Forward Bend: Step-by-Step Instructions Sit in Dandasana (Staff Pose), then lean your torso back slightly on your hands and lift and open your legs to an angle of about 90 degrees (the legs should form an approximate right angle, with the pubis at the apex). Press your hands against the floor and slide […]

Half Lord of the Fishes Pose

Half lord of the fishes

  (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 the Fishes Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you, buttocks supported on a folded blanket. Bend your knees, put your […]

Staff Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions

Staff Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions

  Staff Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions Sit on the floor with your legs together and extended in front of your torso. If your torso is leaning back, it may be because tight hamstrings are dragging the sitting bones toward the knees and the back of the pelvis toward the floor. It may be helpful to sit […]