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virabhadrasana a

Virabhadrasana A aka Warrior 1 is a standing pose that helps to strengthen the legs, back, shoulders & arms; improve stamina & balance and increases hip flexibility .

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adho mukha svanasana

[AH-doh MOO-kah shvah-NAHS-anna]  downward facing dog pose BENEFITS: fosters introspection & calm strengthens the upper body releases stiffness in the shoulders strengthens legs lengthens  hamstring & calf muscles strengthens ankles  PREP POSES:  anahatasana anjaneyasana ardha uttanasana bidalasana garudasana gomukhasana phalakasana  shishulasana tadasana urdhva hastasana uttanasana COUNTER POSES: apanasana balasana savasana supta parivartanasana viparita karani VARIATIONS:  […]

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urdhva mukha svanasana

Urdhva mukha svanasana aka upward facing dog pose or up-dog. This pose helps to open the chest; improve posture; strengthen the arms and wrists; tone the glutes; and stimulate abdominal organs

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chaturanga dandasana

[chaht-tour-ANG-ah dan-DAHS-anna]  4-limbed staff pose; plank stabilizer builds abdominal strength increases wrist strength & flexibility prepares for arm balancing poses strengthens arm, shoulder, leg & core muscles strengthens toe flexors MODIFICATIONS  Weak arms? Drop knees to the floor Maintain a straight line from knees to the crown of the head Exhale as you lower to the […]

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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 […]

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ardha uttanasana

half-standing forward fold 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 Yoga for Depression ~Amy Weintraub

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uttanasana

[OOT-tan-AHS-anna]  intense stretch pose; forward fold calming lengthens neck, shoulders, spine & hamstrings promotes circulation to upper torso & head activates inner thighs PREP POSES: adho mukha svanasana ardha uttanasana balasana prasarita padottanasana supta padangustasana tadasana utkatasana COUNTER POSES:  apanasana balasana malasana savasana supta baddha konasana MODIFICATIONS: Lower back pain? Enter posture with bent knees […]

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tadasana

[tah-DAHS-anna]  mountain pose grounding foundation for all standing postures creates stability tests awareness & focus improves posture & spinal alignment facilitates breathing  MODIFICATIONS: Low-back pain? Wide pelvis? Widen your stance to distribute weight & promote stability & balance. Having trouble maintaining a neutral spine? Bring your hands to the side of your waist, your transverse abdominis. Use […]

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Salute the Sun

Surya namaskara aka sun salutations is a sequence of opening yoga poses that warm up major muscle groups of the body for the remainder of asana practice. This practice helps to create mental focus, coordinate the breath with movement, invigorate the body, improve posture & coordination