Archive for March, 2015

Handstand-legs split

Handstand (in Sanskrit Adho Mukha Vrkasana) is a challenging inversion with many benefits: decompresses the spine, therapeutic for headaches, as well as mild depression; strengthens the shoulders, arms and wrists; improves sense of balance; instantly uplifts mood and changes perspective; builds confidence… It requires practice as any other inversion.  Be consistent but never over zealous.

Side Plank Pose

Side Plank Pose or in Sanskrit Vasisthasana (means most excellent, best, richest)– this side plank pose variation is not for beginner yogis.  Also, yogis with wrists, elbow or shoulder issues should avoid this pose. One can practice this pose with both soles pressing against a wall, or with the bottom leg kneeling.  Hold pose for

Seated Twist

Seated Twist, in Sanskrit is Ardha Matsyendrasana– this seated twist can be modified for beginner yogis or deepen it for the seasoned yogis or the flexible practitioners.  This posture increases the flexibility of the spine & range of motion; I call it a personal chiropractic adjustment.  Each time one practices this pose it expands the

Bow Pose

Bow Pose, in Sanskrit is Dhanurasasana— this back bend looks like an archer’s bow, the torso and legs representing the body of the bow and the arms the string. You can lie on a folded blanket for a little more cushioning for the hip bones. Make sure the knees are not wider than the width

Child’s Pose and Reverse Child’s Pose

Child’s Pose and Reverse Child’s Pose (above, Lilia in Child’s pose and daughter Karlisse in Reverse Child’s Pose ).  It’s a restful and recharging pose, that can be practiced alone or sequenced between more challenging sequences.  It stretches the lower back, hips, thighs, knees and ankles; relaxes the spine, shoulders and neck; calms the mind

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