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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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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 […]

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Backbends

Backbends are thought to be beneficial for counteracting symptoms of depression. Individuals with depression have a tendency to have the chest collapsing inward & shoulders slumping forward. Backbends allow the chest to expand and oxygen to flow freely into the lungs for deeper breathing. Backbends are also associated with changes in ANS activity: increased vagal tone & […]

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Hip-openers

Between work and commuting to work, many of us sit for several hours a day. Depression & stress can exacerbate the effects of sitting because our bodies naturally contracts & curls inward toward the fetal position to protect our vital organs. A sedentary lifestyle and depressed emotional state can lead to an imbalance & tightness […]

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Don’t be a pain in the asana!

With the increase in popularity of yoga and more people practicing there has also been an increase in reported injuries in the US. Unfortunately, the mainstream media has a tendency to report and focus on horrific & tragic events without offering fair balance. Headlines like: “How Yoga Can Wreck Your Body” can scare some people away […]

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Find your balance

balancing poses ARDHA BADDHA PADMASANA bound half lotus pose ARDHA CHANDRASANA half moon pose GARUDASANA eagle pose NATARAJASANA king of the dancers pose URDHVA PRASARITA EKAPADASANA standing splits UTTHITA HASTA PADANGUSTASANA extended hand-toe pose VRKSASANA tree pose Now is the time for yoga!  Yoga Sutra 1.1 RESOURCES Ashtanga Yoga: The Practice Manual ~David Swenson Yoga Anatomy ~Leslie Kaminoff & Amy Matthews

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prasarita padottanasana

standing wide-leg forward fold pose BENEFITS stimulates circulation in upper torso & head stretches hamstrings & adductors 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

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Standing poses

creates strength, stamina & flexibility throughout the entire body * works the major muscle groups: quadriceps, glutes, hamstrings & core muscles   ANJANEYASANA low lunge PADAHASTASANA  PADANGUSTASANA  PARSVAKONASANA [parsh-vah-cone-AHS-anna] side angle pose PARSVOTTANASANA [parsh-voh-tahn-AHS-anna] intense side stretch PRASARITA PADOTTANASANA [pah-doh-tahn-AHS-anna] wide-stance forward bend SAMASTHITI [sam-AHST-ee-tee] equal standing, prayer pose TADASANA [tah-DAHS-anna] mountain pose TRIKONASANA [trik-cone-AHS-anna] triangle pose URDHVA HASTASANA upward salute UTKATASANA [OOT-kah-TAHS-anna] awkward pose; chair pose UTTANASANA [OOT-tan-TAHS-anna] intense stretch […]

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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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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