Utthita Hasta Padangustasana

Pose of the Month: Utthita Hasta Padangustasana Extended hand to big toe pose (with support) Presented by Grace Kandl Long before I became a yoga teacher, Lillah Schwartz showed us this pose in a class one day. This seemingly easy asana was challenging to me in many ways. I was struggling with balancing, tight hamstrings, uneven hips, >> Read More

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Kitchen Chaturanga

Pose of the Month: Kitchen Chaturanga Presented by Kay Harrold The benefits of Chaturanga are stronger wrists and arms, more strength in the shoulder stabilizers, and stronger, deep abdominals. The benefit of doing the pose on the kitchen counter rather than the floor is that you are placing less weight on the wrists and shoulders, which >> Read More

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Ustrasana – Camel Pose

Pose of the Month: Ustrasana – Camel Pose Presented by Cindy Dollar The Sanskrit word “ustra” translates as “camel” and the basic physical shape of Ustrasana mimics the shape of a camel. Viewed from the side, the chest of the practitioner lifts toward the ceiling, just as the hump of the camel rises up toward >> Read More

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Virabhadrasana II – Sideways Warrior Pose

Pose of the Month: Virabhadrasana II – Sideways Warrior Pose Presented by Lillah Schwartz It has long been understood by medical professionals that the first movement of the hip joint to be lost is the ability to externally rotate the thigh in the hip socket. This loss of rotation indicates the beginning of degeneration of >> Read More

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Ardha Chandrasana – Half Moon Pose

Pose of the Month: Ardha Chandrasana – Half Moon Pose Presented by Nicole Kintz The moon has a rich symbolic significance in yoga mythology. In Hatha yoga, for example, the sun and the moon represent the two polar energies of the human body. Ardha Chandrasana represents an opportunity to explore, not only your physical balance, >> Read More

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Pincha Mayurasana – Forearm Stand

Pose of the Month: Pincha Mayurasana – Forearm Stand Presented by Deirdre Smith Gilmer Pincha Mayurasana (forearm stand) is one of my favorite arm balances. It offers the challenge and exhilaration of an arm balance, but unlike Adho Muhka Vrksasana (handstand), it’s easier to balance because the entire forearm remains on the floor. The challenge of >> Read More

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