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Pranayama: Just Breathe

Just Breathe. We do it all day without thinking about it. Our autonomic nervous system takes care of our breathing without us having to think about it like a car on autopilot. Pranayama is simply taking control of our breath like we do when driving and override the car’s autopilot by taking control to tap […]

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Ocean-sounding Victory Breath

Ocean-sounding victory breath (ujjayi) is a staple breathing exercise (pranayama) in yoga. Ujjayi can be practiced in a comfortable seated position, lying down or throughout a yoga asana sequence. Ujjayi both calms and energizes the body to create a state of mental alertness. The sound made while practicing ujjayi is similar to ocean waves which makes it easy for you to mentally transport yourself to the beach anytime and experience the calm it produces.

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yogic 3-part breath

Yogic 3-Part Breath (dirga pranayama) creates a state of mental alertness while calming the body & mind. Dirga pranayama helps you learn how to breathe deeply. Extend the length of the exhalation to enhance the calming effect. Practice this breath lying down, sitting, standing, walking down the street, driving a car: any time or place whenever you need to practice a little chillasana.

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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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utthita hasta padangustasana

extended hand-toe pose BENEFITS balance develops focus & confidence improves flexibility in hips lengthens leg muscles strengthens feet, ankles, legs, hips & core muscles stabilizes ankles MODIFICATIONS Tight hips or hamstrings? Loop a strap around the instep of the foot of the lifted leg & hold it in the hand on the same side. Bend the knee of […]

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adho mukha vrksasana

handstand BENEFITS energizing builds confidence builds attention & focus shifts perspective strengthens upper body reverses effects of gravity on spine  PREP POSES adho mukha svanasana  bidalasana chaturanga dandasana garudasana gomukhasana navasana phalakasana pincha mayurasana salamba sirsasana shishulasana tadasana urdhva dhanurasana urdhva hastasana urdhva mukha svanasana vasistasana standing splits uttitha hasta padangustasana 3-legged dog COUNTER POSES […]

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urdhva prasarita ekapadasana

standing split   BENEFITS cultivates balance shifts perspective stretches standing leg strengthens hamstrings & glutes of lifted leg MUSCLES glutes  hamstrings PREP POSES parsvottanasana  supta virasana virabhadrasana C high lunge 3-legged down-dog 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: […]

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natarajasana

[not-ah-rah-JAHS-anna] king of the dancers pose BENEFITS improves balance strengthens ankles, legs & glutes  opens hip flexors releases tension in the quadriceps stretches thighs, groin & abdomen opens the chest & shoulders  PREP POSES adho mukha svanasana anjaneyasana arda uttanasana ashta chandrasana bhujangasana bhekasana danurasana eka pada raj kapotanasana gomukhasana laghu vajrasana salambhasana a-c shishulasana […]

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svarga dvijasana

bird of paradise balancing pose * opens hips * strengthens core & back muscles * lengthens hamstrings  PREP POSES: vrksasana PROCEED WITH CAUTION: Be mindful of body alignment. Keep the foot of the supporting leg pointed forward with toes spread and knee stacked over the ankle. Contract the quadriceps in both legs contracted to support the hamstrings […]

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garudasana

 [gah-rue-DAHS-anna]  eagle pose BENEFITS improves balance strengthens inner thighs & ankles stretches calves & upper back PREP POSES ashta chandrasana bidalasana gomukhasana tadasana utkatasana virabhadrasana II vrksasana COUNTER POSES adho mukha svanasana baddha konasana tadasana uttanasana MODIFICATIONS Tight ankles? Place a rolled-up mat or towel under heels to reduce the amount of ankle dorsiflexion Spread […]