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The Anatomy of Urdha Mukha Svanasana

Urdha = upward Mukha = facing Svanasana = dog pose This backbend pose works to a great extend on the arms and shoulders strength. It requires the engagement of the hip flexor, gluteus, pelvic floor muscles, psoas, abdominal muscles, triceps and biceps. This pose is similar to Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose).

Analysis of Halasana

Halasana also known as the plough pose.Hala meaning “Plough” and Asana = “posture”. It is can also be called a forward bend while lying on your back which helps to strength the spine and make it more flexible. It is usually done as a continuation of Sarvangasana (shoulder stand). Benefits

Finding length in arm balances

“Lengthen your spine!”   A common cue in any yoga class, it almost reminds you of your mum yelling at you to stop slouching when you were a kid. Elliot showing us how to sit tall. When we think of asanas involving the spine, top of mind are forward folds

Breathe, right now. Breathe right, now.

via GIPHY Inhale deeeeeep. Exhale. Breathing is so important in yoga (and actually almost all kinds of sports). However, what sets yoga apart from other sports is the correlation between the breath and movement. The breath guides your movement and sets the pace; every inhalation and exhalation is synchronised with

Why you can’t do Reverse Prayer if you have BIG muscles

Reverse prayer, also otherwise known as Penguin Pose or Pashchima Namaskarasana. It helps to improve flexibility in the shoulders, arms, wrists, chest and back. Supposedly easy to learn, and quick to do – for most. However for some, it looks like they have to pop their arms out to achieve

Take flight in Tittibhasana.

Tittibhasana (also known as the firefly pose) Pronunciation: Tit-tee-ba-sa-na Tittibhasana is an advanced arm balancing pose from the Ashtanga Intermediate Series involving strength, flexibility, balance and a whole lot of Tapas (aka determination). As intimidating as it looks, it is not impossible. I mean how many asanas and mind-blowing Yoga

An analysis of Svarga Dvijasana (Bird of Paradise)

Like many other yoga poses, Svarga Dvijasana, or Bird of Paradise, is a standing pose that require flexibility and more importantly stability. The name comes from the resemblance of the body in this pose to the shape of the tropical bird of paradise flower. Image by: Phil Feyerabend (Gardeningknowhow) and

Towards a Better Frog – A Technical Analysis

   Frog on the ledge, contemplating life [1] Ah, downward facing frog. So deceptively simple. So excruciatingly painful. The thought of sitting through another minute of it makes me consider just ending it all.  Does absolute wonders for your hips though.   Frog Pose – Overview Not to be confused

Pranayama and Dealing with Tattoo Pain

     Random cool tattooed yogi [1] First world problems, I know. What with all the world’s best doctors and scientists hard at work developing links between yoga and its effectiveness for use in treatments of REAL pathologies, it’s granted that more inspired topics are to be regulated to the

Stack Up!

Stacking up can mean many things. As an avid reader, I’m usually stacking my pile of books. Stacking simply put is, neatly piling or arranging things in order. At work as a research scientist, I find myself ‘data stacking’ to simplify my datasets and prepare them for further analysis. Stacking

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