hamstrings

Dolphin

by Samantha on August 12, 2010

Asana: Dolphin.  From Down Dog, bend the elbows, pressing them inward, under the shoulders, spread the fingers wide, releasing energy. Keep the back long, lifting tail bone high, pressing heels down, breathe into the back, shoulder blades lengthen toward tail bone, head is between upper arms, not touching floor.  Feel the joy of diving into [...]

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Adho Mukha Svanasana-Down Dog Pose

by Samantha on August 12, 2010

Asana: Adho Mukha Svanasana-Down Dog. An easy way to move into Adho Mukha is either through a Sun Salutation, or from lying on the stomach, bringing palms beside chest, fingers forward, on exhale, lift abdomen and hips, then push back into heels, lengthening arms, spine, and hamstrings. Sitts Bones to heaven.  Remain for a minute, [...]

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Akarna Dhanurasana-Bow & Arrow Pose

by Samantha on August 12, 2010

Asana Akarna Dhanurasana- Bow & Arrow pose, or Toe to Ear Pose. This is a seated pose for Cupid of the long of hamstring.  Sit with legs extended, hold both big toes between thumb, index & third fingers, or use a strap. Exhaling bend L elbow & knee, pulling L foot back as close to L [...]

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Eka Pada Sirsana-One Leg Behind the Head Pose

by Samantha on August 12, 2010

Asana Eka Pada Sirsasana/-One Leg Behind the Head Pose. If you can do this pose, you have big reason to celebrate, and if you can’t, celebrate the fact you are showing up to try.  Sit with legs extended, pulling L foot in toward head. Grab the ankle, duck the head, and bend torso slightly forward [...]

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Hanumanasana-The Splits

by Samantha on August 12, 2010

Asana: Hanumanasana-The splits.  This is a lovely pose to do on the grass, sinking toward the soil, contemplating great thoughts, and surrendering the ‘shoulds’.  Prop the legs and groin with soft pillows if the muscles are not yet long enough.  They will be with practice. Try to keep the hips flat, facing front, back leg [...]

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