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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: […]

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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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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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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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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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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 […]

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ardha baddha padmasana

bound half lotus pose releases the muscles between the vertebra * relieves backaches * opens chest & shoulders   PREP POSES: adho mukha svanasana * agnistambhasana * arda uttanasana * gomukhasana * janu sirsasana * padmasana * parsvottansana * paschimottanasana * tadasana * uttanasana * vrksasana COUNTER POSES: adho mukha svanasana * tadasana * urdhva mukha svanasana […]