Stay Grounded Yoga Sequence

A creative yoga sequence to help you stay grounded through tough times. And we’ve certainly had enough of those lately. WHEN WE PRACTICE YOGA, we have a chance to play with opposites. For example, we learn how to root down into the earth in order to rise up toward 
the sky, or to empty the […]

Upward Plank Pose

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  Upward Plank Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions Sit in Dandasana (Staff Pose) with your hands several inches behind your hips and your fingers pointing forward. Bend your knees and place your feet on the floor, big toes turned inward, heels at least a foot away from your buttocks. Exhale, press your inner feet and hands down […]

Revolved Side Angle Pose

Revolved Side Angle Pose

  Since most students can’t easily keep their back heel down in this pose, a modified version will be described here with the back heel raised off the floor. See Deepen the Pose below for a brief description of the full pose. (par-ee-vrt-tah parsh-vah-cone-AHS-anna) parivrtta = to turn around, revolve parsva = side, flank kona […]

Noose Pose

  This position, suitable for intermediate and advanced students, is described in the Full Pose section below. First we’ll look at a simpler version of this twist, using the wall as a prop. (posh-AHS-anna) pasa = a snare, trap, noose, tie, bond, cord, fetter Noose Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions Stand in Tadasana (Mountain Pose) next to […]

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 […]

Warrior I Pose

Warrior 1

Virabhadra’s Pose is also known as the Warrior Pose (there are three variation of Warrior, of which this is customarily numbered I). It may seem strange to name a yoga pose after a warrior; after all, aren’t yogis known for their non-violent ways? But remember that one of the most revered of all the yoga […]

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 […]

Revolved Triangle Pose

  (par-ee-vrit-tah trik-cone-AHS-anna) parivrtta = to turn around, revolve trikona = three angle or triangle Revolved Triangle Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions Stand in Tadasana. With an exhalation, step or lightly jump your feet 3½ to 4 feet apart. Raise your arms parallel to the floor and reach them actively out to the sides, shoulder blades wide, […]

Feathered Peacock Pose

    Feathered Peacock Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions (pin-cha my-your-AHS-anna) pinca = feather mayura = peacock Perform a modified Adho Muhka Svanasana at your yoga wall, with your palms and forearms on the floor. Your fingertips should be right at the base of the wall, and your forearms parallel to each other at shoulder width. This […]

Extended Side Angle Pose

  It might be better, then, to think of Utthita Parsvakonasana as the “Extended Sides Angle Pose.” (oo-TEE-tah parsh-vah-cone-AHS-anna) utthita = extended parsva = side, flank kona = angle Extended Side Angle Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions Stand in Tadasana. On an exhalation, step or lightly jump your feet 3.5 to 4 feet apart. Raise your arms […]