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Utthita Hasta Padangustasana

Pronounced: utt-HEE-tuh AH-stuh PAH-DAHN-goo-St-HAH-suh-nuh This pose is a powerful one, and one I always anticipate when doing the primary series.  It’s the first posture that requires 3 things of the body; strength, flexibility, and balance.  It’s the pose that distinguishes the regular practitioners and the casual student.  It tests your

Let’s talk about Downward Dog

There is that one yoga pose that will always be in your yoga classes, no matter how difficult the class is i.e. beginner or intermediate level and that is the Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose). This pose got its name as it looks like a dog stretching. It

Yoga and menstruation: should I or shouldn’t?

Is it possible to do yoga with menstruation?What to do if you decide to actively start learning yoga? Does every month have to lose a week of precious time? Not at all. Moreover, yoga during menstruation is not only not harmful, but also beneficial. Of course, subject to some precautions

Oh my goddess pose!

This is the pose to do for everyone who wants to leave negative feelings behind, be opened and overcome a broken heart. Goddess pose reminds you that you are in charge of your happiness! The sanskirt name states how strong this pose is working for you – Utkata Konasana, where

UTTANASANA (Deep standing forward bend)

Meaning: Intense stretch –  This is one of the poses within the sun salutation sequence Dristi: Nosetip Preparation poses: 1)   Paschimottanasana  (West posterior stretch pose) 2)   Ardha Uttanasana (Standing half forward bend) 3)   Forward bend leaning on a chair 4)   Uttanasana with knees bent, then slowly engage quads to straighten

Meniscus and lotus pose

Knee pain problem is very common especially for marathon runners &  elderly people. Of course, there are also other groups of people which I did not mention here. Majority of the people complaint about the pain in their knee which is the medial side of the knee. However, there are a minority

Halasana technique

The name comes from the Sanskrit words hala meaning “plow” and asana meaning “posture” or “seat. The plow is represented in the myths and traditional stories of Egypt, China, Tibet & India. In the Ramayana, King Janaka uncovers a beautiful baby girl as he is plowing the earth in a

Sirsasana: The Infamous Headstand

It seems like everyone has an opinion about Sirsasana.  Either it is one of their favorite, most restorative and calming asanas or they struggle enormously with it.  I fall into the first category.  Ever since I was a child, I loved hanging upside down.  I was always upside down in

Sasankasana: Rabbit Pose

I have a stiff neck, due to a combination of years in the scrum (playing rugby) and heredity.  My grandmother can no longer rotate her neck far enough to look behind her as she is driving.  My mom’s neck is getting tighter and tighter as she ages.  My hope is

Parivritta Parsvakonasana

Keep the back heel on the ground. This simple instruction adds an incredible layer of complexity to the twist in Parivritta Parsvakonasana. The pose looks almost benign at first sight, with both legs and one arm as the supporting pillars of balance. It is more challenging than a simple spinal

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