Categories
strike a pose yoga

Twists

Twists or revolved (parivrtta) yoga poses can be practiced: standing, seated, reclined (supta) and inverted. Twisting poses help keep the spine healthy by squeezing and rehydrating the spongey disks between the vertebrae which tend to get compressed with age. Twists help to balance energy and relax the nervous system. BENEFITS balances mood & energy grounding & […]

Categories
strike a pose yoga

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 […]

Categories
strike a pose yoga

bakasana

[bak-AHS-anna]  crow/crane pose arm balance pose builds confidence helps to find balance & strength massages organs of the abdomen strengthens shoulders, arms, wrists & core muscles MUSCLES biceps brachii coracobrachialis deltoid illiacus pectoralis major psoas major serratus anterior triceps brachii trapezius PREP POSES  vinyasa adho mukha svanasana (downward facing dog) balasana (child’s pose) bidalasana (cow […]

Categories
strike a pose yoga

janu sirsasana

[JAH-new shear-SHAHS-anna] head-to-knee pose  BENEFITS restorative re-energizes the body aids digestion: stretches ascending and descending colon MUSCLES spinal extensors latissimus dorsi hamstrings gastrocnemius soleus PREP POSES dandasana paschimottanasana baddha konasana upavista konasana supta padangustasana uttanasana prasarita padottanasana vrksasana COUNTER POSES apanasana setu bandhasana PROCEED WITH CAUTION Listen to your body. Pushing body beyond healthy limits […]

Categories
strike a pose

supta padangustasana

reclining hand-to-big-toe pose BENEFITS: stretches & tones hamstrings strengthens abdominal muscles increases circulation in digestive system prepares body for sitting, kneeling & standing postures MODIFICATIONS: Tight hamstrings?  Use a yoga strap looped around the instep of the foot of your lifted leg. Restorative: Practice pose with hips at a doorframe with 1 leg in the hall […]

Categories
strike a pose yoga

eka pada raja kapotasana

one-legged pigeon BENEFITS hip-opener lengthens spine opens shoulders releases tension in the hips quiets mind to prepare for meditation MUSCLES external oblique gluteus maximus  illiacus quadriceps pectoralis major psoas major rectus abdominus serratus anterior spinal extensors tensor fasciae latae triceps brachii NOW is the time for yoga! Yoga Sutra 1.1 PRACTICE CHILLASANA VIDEO LINK: Stay tuned..coming soon […]

Categories
blog strike a pose yoga

hanumanasana

monkey pose; split [hw-new-mahn AHS-anna] MUSCLES: gastrocnemius * hamstrings * rectus femoris * sartorius * pectineus * tensor fasciae latae * adductor longus * gracilis * gluteus maximus  * psoas major * pectoralis major PREP POSES:  anjaneyasana * arda uttanasana * ashta chandrasana * bhujangasana * eka pada raj kapotanasana * janu sirsasana * parsvottanasana * supta […]

Categories
strike a pose yoga

trikonasana

triangle pose MUSCLES triceps brachii internal oblique gluteus medius tensor fasciae latae piriformis sartorius VARIATIONS BADDHA (bound) TRIKONASANA: opens chest & shoulders. Strengthens legs. Lengthens your sides PARIVRTTA (revolved) TRIKONASANA: increases flexibility & strengthens hamstrings NOW is the time for yoga! Yoga Sutra 1.1 PRACTICE CHILLASANA VIDEO LINK:  Stay tuned..coming soon to YouTube. Subscribe to our newsletter to get updates. RESOURCES Ashtanga Yoga: […]

Categories
strike a pose yoga

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 […]

Categories
strike a pose yoga

pincha mayurasana

elbow stand or feathered peacock pose BENEFITS opens shoulders builds arm strength MUSCLES gluteus maximus spinal extensors triceps brachii NOW is the time for yoga! Yoga Sutra 1.1 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 […]