Boat Pose: Paripurna Navasana

Pose of the Month Presented by Rachel Fagan The pose name in Sanskrit translates to Complete Boat Pose. The body forms a V-like shape similar to that of a boat. When I teach this pose I start with props such as a strap to assist students to find the correct alignment of the spine because >> Read More

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Ardha Chandrasana – Half Moon Pose

Ardha Chandrasana—Half Moon Pose Presented by Greta Kent-Stoll Ardha Chandrasana means half moon. If you were to draw a line from the hand on the ground to the raised foot, you would see the shape of a half moon in this asana. When you achieve balance in this pose, you experience a reflective state, mirroring >> Read More

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Anantasana – Vishnu’s Couch Pose

Anantasana – Vishnu’s Couch Pose Dedicated to Vishnu Presented by Lynn Patton Ananta is a name of the Hindu deity Vishnu, the Preserver, the one who sustains the universe between the cycles of creation and destruction. It’s also the name of the thousand-headed serpent that serves as Vishnu’s couch—which might explain why the pose looks >> Read More

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Adho Mukha Svanasana – Downward-Facing Dog

The following video demonstrates down dog on two different bodies. (Shocker – Yoga doesn’t look the same on every body!) It’s important to keep your pelvis up, push your heels back, and maintain a long expanded spine. Downward-facing dog is beneficial because it gets blood to the brain, and it’s great for your hips and hamstrings. >> Read More

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Shoulder Stand – Sarvangasana Pose

Sarvangasana: Shoulder Stand Presented by Lillah Schwartz During this season of change, there is one yoga pose that purifies the mind/body and supports a change in perspective—Sarvangasana, shoulder stand. For those students who have mastered some version of shoulder stand and or headstand as a part of their home practice, this statement makes perfect sense. >> Read More

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Lolasana – Arm Balances

Pose of the Month: Lolasana – Arm Balances Learning to Fly Presented by Randy Loftis Arm balances can be a lot of fun. They are also invigorating and invite a sense of elation. Lolasana is a great one to start with. Lola in Sanskrit means dangle, like an earring. Even though this pose is one >> Read More

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Vanarasana – Open the Hip Flexors

Vanarasana – Open the Hip Flexors Presented by Letitia Walker This pose is one of my “desert island poses” and I wouldn’t be without it. Vanarasana opens the hip flexors (primarily psoas and iliacus), stretches the quads, alleviates low-back pain, prepares the body for backbends, and is the “patron saint” of all office workers without >> Read More

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Setu Bandha Sarvangasana – Bridge Pose

Setu Bandha Sarvangasana – Bridge Pose Presented by Lindsay Majer This pose is a backbend, an inversion, and a chest opener. It also lengthens the hip flexors and strengthens the hamstrings, buttocks, and the upper back. It prepares the body for backbending and shoulderstand. Suffice it to say, this accessible pose has a lot of >> Read More

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Parsvottanasana – Extended Sideways Pose

Pose of the Month: Parsvottanasana – Extended Sideways Pose Presented by Lillah Schwartz Classically, Parsvottanasana – Extended Sideways Pose falls into two categories—standing poses and forward bending poses. However it’s also easily adapted to assist students who have back concerns. Begin with Version A and then move on to Version B. Version A of Extended >> Read More

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Matsyangasana B & C—Merperson Pose

Pose of the Month: Matsyangasana B & C—Merperson Pose Presented by Letitia Walker Matsyangasana is the ultimate open twist and one of the few twists that addresses all parts of the spine, as well as the hips and shoulders. With a little padding under the hips, it’s even an accessible twist for pregnant students (but >> Read More

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