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ustrasana

[oosh-TRAHS-anna]  camel pose Practice ustrasana (camel pose) to boost mood & increase energy. Ustrasana is a backbend and chest opener which helps to counteract the slummed posture often found in depression.  BENEFITS improves mood increases lung capacity lengthens quadricep & hamstring muscles opens shoulders & chest stimulates thymus gland strengthens back muscles    MUSCLES anterior neck […]

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Backbends

Backbends are thought to be beneficial for counteracting symptoms of depression. Individuals with depression have a tendency to have the chest collapsing inward & shoulders slumping forward. Backbends allow the chest to expand and oxygen to flow freely into the lungs for deeper breathing. Backbends are also associated with changes in ANS activity: increased vagal tone & […]

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urdvha danurasana

[OORD-vah don-your-AHS- anna] wheel pose backbend    MUSCLES: hamstrings * quadriceps * gluteus maximus * psoas major * illiacus * rectus abdominus * deltoid * triceps brachii * anconeus PRACTICE CHILLASANA VIDEO LINK: Stay tuned..coming soon to YouTube. Subscribe to our newsletter to get updates. SIGN UP for a class or workshop today! RESOURCES Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual ~David Swenson Yoga Anatomy ~Leslie Kaminoff & […]

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salabhasana

[sha-la-BAHS-anna]  locust pose BENEFITS increases flexibility strengthens the arms, chest, shoulders & back opens chest increases lung capacity PRACTICE CHILLASANA VIDEO LINK: Stay tuned..coming soon to YouTube.  Subscribe to our newsletter to get updates. RESOURCES Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual ~David Swenson Yoga Anatomy ~Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews Yoga Sequencing ~Mark Stephens

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dhanurasana

[don-your-AHS- anna]  bow pose  MUSCLES adductor magnus deltiod flexor carpi radialis and flexor carpi ulnaris gluteus maximus palmaris longus pectoralis minor pronator teres semitendinosus semimembranosus PREP POSES adho mukha svanasana ashta chandrasana bhujangasana bidalasana pursvottansana salambhasana a/c setu bandhasana urdhva mukha svanasana virasana COUNTER POSES  apanasana balasana marichyasana c  supta padangusthasana PRACTICE CHILLASANA VIDEO LINK: Stay tuned..coming […]

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bhujangasana

[boo-jang-GAHS-anna]  cobra pose BENEFITS grounding strengthens rotator cuff, shoulders, arms & chest  COUNTER POSES supine twists adho mukha svanasana apanasana balasana supta baddha konasana PRACTICE CHILLASANA VIDEO LINK: Stay tuned..coming soon to YouTube.  Subscribe to our newsletter to get updates. RESOURCES Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual ~David Swenson Yoga Anatomy ~Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews Yoga Sequencing ~Mark Stephens