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Reverse Warrior

Reverse Warrior, also I call it graceful warrior, it is perhaps one of my favorite standing postures/asanas; it is a graceful yet strengthening pose.  Front leg is bent to 90 degrees or less; back leg is lengthened; front arm is reaching skyward while back arm is extended towards the lengthened back leg.   Breathe in

Lizard Pose / Lounging Lizard / Dragon pose

Lizard Pose/ Lounging Lizard/Dragon pose–it is one of my absolute favorite hip openers; this pose will help open & release any intense tension, tightness and intensity from your hips, thighs and calves as well as a being a lovely heart/chest opener.  Lounging lizard helps improve circulation in the legs as well as reduce lower back

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

Side Angle with Bind/Badha Utthita Parsvakonasana

Side Angle with Bind/Badha Utthita Parsvakonasana– from Warrior 2, drop the front arm towards the inside of the front leg to the mat, floor, or ground and the top arm towards the sky; then reach behind with the bottom hand, the top hand reaches down behind lower back to bind.  This pose opens the chest,

Upward Plank/Purvottanasana

Upward Plank/Purvottanasana- strengthens the shoulders, legs, arms; opens the heart and chest; lengthens the entire body. Please refrain from practicing this pose if you have shoulder injuries.

Eagle/Garudasana Pose

Eagle/Garudasana Pose is all about strength, flexibility, endurance and unwavering concentration.  Practice on both sides, breathe!

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