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vrksasana

[vrik-SHAHS-anna] tree pose BENEFITS grounding centering improves balance, focus & concentration increases stability increases flexibility in hips & groin strengthens leg muscles MODIFICATIONS Trouble balancing?   Use wall for support  Keep toes touching the floor PROCEED WITH CAUTION Do not turn out the foot on the standing & supporting leg because this will misalign the supporting […]

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anjaneyasana

low lunge  BENEFITS lengthens spine opens chest, back & shoulders stretches hip flexors & quadriceps PREP POSES adho mukha svanasana anahatasana apanasana ardha uttanasana bhujangasana bidalasana urdhva hastasana urdhva mukha svanasana utkatasana uttanasana COUNTER POSES adho mukha svanasana  balasana uttanasana NOW is the time for yoga! YOGA SUTRA 1.1 PRACTICE CHILLASANA VIDEO LINK:  Stay tuned..coming soon […]

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paschimottanasana

seated forward fold/bend lengthens spine * calming MUSCLES: gastrocnemius * hamstrings * gluteus maximus * erector spinae MODIFICATIONS: Be mindful of body alignment: bend your knees, extend through the spine & lift your chest Can’t reach feet? Use a yoga strap PROCEED WITH CAUTION: If you have problems with any intervertebral discs, be careful of all straight-leg seated forward […]

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malasana

garland pose, yogi squat grounding improves flexibility in the groin aids digestion strengthens lower back & core muscles PREP POSES: arda uttanasana baddha konasana balasana marychiasana a upavista konasana uttanasana virabhadrasana II virasana COUNTER POSES: adho mukha svanasana balasana uttanasana PRACTICE CHILLASANA VIDEO LINK:  Stay tuned..coming soon to YouTube. Subscribe to our newsletter to get updates. RESOURCES Ashtanga Yoga: […]

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utkatasana

[OOT-kah-TAHS-anna]  chair pose; fierce pose grounding strengthens the muscles in thighs & feet increases ankle mobility tones core muscles  PREP POSES:  adho mukha svanasana anjaneyasana ardha uttanasana ashta chandrasana bidalsana salabhasana tadasana uttanasana virasana COUNTER POSES: adho mukha svanasana  balasana uttanasana MODIFICATIONS: Tightness in ankles? Place a rolled up mat or towel under heels to […]