Meaningful Mudras: 4 energy seals to ease stress and anxiety

Mudras are used in yoga and meditation to help you seal your energy and set an intention – two aspects of your practice that can be especially helpful during times of stress. Here, Coral Brown, a mental health counsellor and senior Prana Vinyasa Flow teacher, shares four great mudras: GARUDA MUDRA (A) is named after […]

Yoga Therapy: What You Need to Know

yoga therapy

Just imagine, it’s Saturday morning and you’re all set to teach your usual open class, when a man walks in holding his head down. He looks uncomfortable and is visibly shaking. You quietly sit down beside him and introduce yourself. He avoids eye contact and tells you his name is Paul and he’s suffering from […]

Upward Salute

  (oord-vah hahs-TAHS-anna) urdhva = raised (or upward) hasta = hand Upward Salute: Step-by-Step Instructions Stand in Tadasana. Turn your arms outward (or laterally) so your palms face away from your torso and thumbs point backward. With an inhale, sweep your arms out to the sides and up toward the ceiling. If you’re tighter in […]

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 […]

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 Puppy Pose

  Extended Puppy Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions Come onto all fours. See that your shoulders are above your wrists and your hips are above your knees. Walk your hands forward a few inches and curl your toes under. As you exhale, move your buttocks halfway back toward your heels. Keep your arms active; don’t let your […]

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 […]

Legs-Up-the-Wall Pose

legs up the wall

Legs Up The Wall Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions The pose described here is a passive, supported variation of the Shoulderstand-like Viparita Karani. For your support you’ll need one or two thickly folded blankets or a firm round bolster. You’ll also need to rest your legs vertically (or nearly so) on a wall or other upright support. […]

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 […]

Cow Pose

  Cow Pose: Step-by-Step Instructions Start on your hands and knees in a “tabletop” position. Make sure your knees are set directly below your hips and your wrists, elbows and shoulders are in line and perpendicular to the floor. Center your head in a neutral position, eyes looking at the floor. As you inhale, lift your […]