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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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Yoga to pacify Kapha Imbalances

by Samantha on August 4, 2010

*Since Kapha bodies are usually strong, with great endurance, they respond especially well to Ashtanga, and Iyengar Yoga styles. Find a practice that is warming and stimulating. *Work Asanas at an energizing pace, and hold Poses longer which helps balance Kapha lethargy. *Poses that are particularly helpful are: Sun Salutations/Suryanamaskar, which stimulate the nervous system, [...]

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Partnering Poses

by Samantha on August 3, 2010

Asana: Create a pose with a friend.  If you are feeling bold, one of you go into down dog, the other, place your hands across from your friend’s, go up into a handstand, bending your knees so your feet rest on the other’s back.  You may need a third friend to spot and support.  More [...]

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Becoming Astronomers

by Samantha on April 18, 2010

Andrew Harvey writes, “Man is the astrolabe of God, but it requires an astronomer to know the astrolabe.” When Harvey asks us to become astronomers it is so we may know, and reflect the cosmos. We possess this incredibly delicate and precise instrument that can measure and understand every layer of being, but we’re not [...]

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Ardha Matsyendrasana/Half Lord of the Fish Pose

by Samantha on March 12, 2010

Asana Ardha Matsyendrasana/ Half Lord of the Fish Pose. There are many variations to this pose, and its simplicity can carry you deeply into your core.  Sitting with legs out, bend the L knee and bring the foot to the R hip, or lift the hips and sit on the heel.  Keep the foot horizontal.  [...]

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