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Tag: yoga asana

Reclining Twists

There are many ways to do twisting postures; in lunges, standing, seated, and laying down. The supine or reclining twists tend to be a little safer for people because of the support from the floor. A few of the more common twists are shown…

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Sacroiliac Joints and Yoga

A number of people who practice yoga, especially women, develop pain in the sacroiliac (SI) joints. Some of the pain in women is structural – in women only two segments of the sacrum move with the pelvis while in men 3 do. This leads…

Balasana ~ Child’s Pose

 When Krishna was a child he was playing with his brother Balaram in the courtyard near his home. He took a scoop of earth in his hand and ate it. Balaram went running home to tell his mother, Yashoda. He told her “Krishna is…

Sun Salutes are back In my life!

Yesterday I did about 6 sun salutes. It was my first time since having the fistula surgery on June 14. I was pretty sure they would be ok because I’ve been able to get on hands and knees with no discomfort and my arm…

Hamsasana ~ Swan Pose

The myth behind this pose sees the great Brahma sitting in meditation  for long periods of time until his mind became very clear. While this quality of lightness was filling his mind a girl was created and stood before him. She was incredibly beautiful….

If It Serves You

This is is a phrase you hear in many yoga classes; we yoga teachers love it. So what is meant by “if it serves you?” In the context of a yoga class, the teacher is asking that you observe what’s going on in your…

Paschimottanasana ~ Seated Forward bend

T’is the season for…..stress!!! For a lot of people anyway. Hopefully you aren’t one of those people that feel stress before the holiday season, but if you’re like a lot of people your social life has amped up to an uncomfortable level, you aren’t…

Agnistombasana ~ Firelog Pose

Agnistombasana, or fire log pose (also known as double pigeon),  is a very deep hip opening pose. Taking this pose can be challenging so it’s important that practitioners listen to their bodies and ensure they aren’t going too far – as is the case…

Get Twisted!

Yoga Asana (poses) always have benefits beyond the typical ‘get flexible or strong’. Today I’m going to share some of the benefits of twisting poses. There are a wide variety of twisting poses that can be done – some extreme, some gentle – and…

Adho Mukha Svanasasa ~ Downward Facing Dog

Downward facing dog is a pose that you see in just about every yoga class. It isn’t always done effectively or safely though. When I teach this pose in class I tend to say the same thing each time: arms shoulder width apart, wrist…