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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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parsvottanasana

standing asymmetrical forward bend BENEFITS stretches hips, hamstrings & back MUSCLES erector spinae * gluteus medius * hamstrings * quadriceps * gastrocnemius * soleus * latissimus dorsi * teres major * teres minor * serratus anterior * infraspinatus * deltoid * subscapularis * rhomboids * trapezius NOW is the time for yoga! Yoga Sutra 1.1 […]

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apasana

knees to chest pose/ wind relieving pose relieves stiffness, misalignment & discomfort in lower back releases abdominal gas relieves menstrual cramps  COUNTER POSES twists 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 […]

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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 […]