Yoga Poses

Adho Mukha Svanasana~Down Dog

Asana: Adho Mukha Svanasana-Down Dog~The most beloved of all poses possibly because it assists the body so many ways at once, plus you can move into any pose from here, making it a master-sequencing link. It is the core of Surya Namaskars/Sun Salutations, the core of most Practices. You can move into it from Tadasana,… Read more »

Adho Mukha Vrksasana~Handstand Pose

Like all inversions, handstands are wonderful for happiness and confidence.  Make sure arms and shoulders are strong enough to support you before attempting.  One way to enter the pose is to move from Down Dog, placing fingertips 1-2 inches from the wall, and spread wide.  Without moving hands, rotate upper arms out and up. fingers wide. Step into… Read more »

Agnistambhasana

Fire Log Pose This is a pose easy for those with open hips.  It’s a killer accomplishment for those without.  It’s a simple pose of sitting and breathing your desire to become more hip-open, and it’s helpful if you can sit on padding.  Sit tall, bringing L foot under R thigh, outside hip line.  Stack… Read more »

Akarna Dhanurasana

Bow & Arrow Pose 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… Read more »

Ananda Balasana

Happy Baby Asana: Ananda Balasana/Happy Baby. As you lie there, staring at the sky, feet and knees pulled back, tail bone pressing into the earth. Rock side to side and consider the Universe in which you find yourself .  Let awareness flood the body for all that you are learning, all that you have to… Read more »

Ardha Chandrasana

Half Moon Pose Asana: Ardha Chandrasana/Half Moon Pose.  Begin from the long low side stretch of Utthita Parsvakonasana/Extended side Angle Pose.  As you lift up and out, over the R leg, balancing, with the R arm, parallel to that leg, feel yourself lifting into your dreams, opening your heart to the moon, to that feminine… Read more »

Ardha Matsyendrasana

Half Lord of the Fish Pose 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… Read more »

Astavakrasana

Eight Crooks Pose Asana: Astavakrasana– Eight Crooks Pose, dedicated to the sage Astavakra. Begin with feet about 20 inches apart, knees bent, R hand on floor between feet and L hand on outside of L foot.  Lift belly and bandhas to bring R leg over R arm, resting thigh on back of bicep, above elbow. … Read more »

Baddha Konasana

Cobbler’s Pose Asana: Baddha Konasana/Cobbler’s Pose.  Sit on the floor, drawing the feet closely into the groin, soles together, knees on, or toward floor.  Lengthen spine, and gaze ahead, or close eyes.  Hands can rest on knees, or come into any mudra desired. You can also lengthen spine up and over legs, and restore while stretching… Read more »

Baddha Natarajasana

Asana: Baddha Natarajasana/Dancer Pose Begin standing, Tadasana, reach the R arm back as you bend R knee, lifting R leg back. Turning R thumb up, reach that hand back, clasping inside of R foot, and strongly use hamstrings to press leg back and up, thigh parallel to floor, or higher, if possible.  Extend L leg deeply into… Read more »