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Cobbler Pose (Baddha Konasana)
September 13th, 2014 by Virginia O'Connor
5445726817_b93823dd65_z Pronunciation: BAH-dah cone-AHS-anna Pose Type: Seated The Cobbler Pose, or Baddha Konasana, is a seated pose also known as 'butterfly' pose. It is a simple pose that has a list of diverse benefits, but it is also difficult for beginners. Beginners with tight hips or upper leg muscles should grab a block, a towel or folded blanket and place it... [read more]

Child’s Pose (Balasana)
September 12th, 2014 by Virginia O'Connor
2712213886_5b63439e14_z Pronunciation: bah-LAHS-anna Pose Type: Seated Child's pose, or Balasana, is one of the most calming yoga poses. It is a resting seated pose that invokes the fetal position and so it is a full-body healing pose. The anatomical focus is on the thighs, but the pose releases tension in the shoulders, neck, back, and hips too. When performed with an... [read more]

Cat-Cow Stretch (Chakravakasana)
September 12th, 2014 by Virginia O'Connor
130387311_e46abb32f3_o Pronunciation: Pose Type: The cat pose (it looks like a startled cat with its back arched high) is often paired with the cow pose (which creates a low belly and a high tailbone) and uses the breath to create fluid movement in the spine. It is a highly popular pose and recommended for yogis who suffer from back pain, either... [read more]

Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
September 12th, 2014 by Virginia O'Connor
4157275393_8b1a706ded_z Pronunciation: SAY-too BAHN-duh shar-vahn-GAHS-uh-nuh Pose Type: Seated Bridge pose, or Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, is commonly used to stretch and strengthen the back and abdominal muscles as well as opening the lungs and chest. The Sanskrit name translates literally as 'construction of a bridge' and that's exactly how the pose is performed. Initially, this pose requires a significant amount of strength... [read more]

Seated Twist Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
September 12th, 2014 by Virginia O'Connor
406505099_2053c28876_z Pronunciation: ARE-dah MOT-see-en-DRAHS-anna Pose Type: Seated Seated Twist pose, or Ardha Matsyendrasana also called Half Lord of the Fishes pose, lengthens, nourishes, and realigns the spine. This pose stimulates the nervous, digestive, and reproductive systems of the body. Depending on your flexibility, you may be able to take the pose farther by reaching the arms into a bind. It is... [read more]

Tree Pose (Vrksasana)
September 11th, 2014 by Virginia O'Connor
6270130728_3274f6cf60_z Pronunciation: vrik-SHAHS-anna Pose Type: Standing, Balance Pose If you have ever slipped in the mud or tripped over a rock, you know the value of a good sense of balance. Tree pose, or Vrksasana, is a standing balance pose that strengthens the legs, calms, the mind, and improves stability and balance. Practicing balancing poses like Tree Pose helps you gain... [read more]

Extended Triangle Pose (Utthita Trikonasana)
September 11th, 2014 by Virginia O'Connor
4769636120_02b925bc71_z Pronunciation: oo-TEE-tah trik-cone-AHS-anna Pose Type: Standing Extended Triangle Pose, or Utthita Trikonasana, is a standing yoga pose that is a building block for the balance and grace required in all areas of life. It creates symmetry throughout your entire body. Triangle pose is an excellent pose for strengthening the lower body while lengthening stiff muscles. As a result, it's the... [read more]

Staff Pose (Dandasana)
September 11th, 2014 by Virginia O'Connor
2346428393_36d5ddd356_z Pronunciation: dahn-DAHS-uh-nuh Pose Type: Seated Staff pose, or Dandasana, helps the body prepare for deeper poses while enhancing focus. While this seated pose looks easy - as if the yogi is merely sitting up straight on the floor - it is actually an intense shoulder-builder and the perfect foundational posture for all seated poses, including twists. Dandasana is at it's... [read more]

Pyramid Pose (Parsvottonasana)
September 11th, 2014 by Virginia O'Connor
HP_220_Parsvottasana_2481 Pronunciation: parsh-voh-tahn-AHS-anna Pose Type: Standing Pyramid pose positions the body in a pyramid (inverted V) shape with the torso revolving over the front leg while the hands are in reverse prayer position behind the back. Pyramid is a standing yoga posture that combines all of the benefits of two primary features: forward bending and balancing. It is an intense stretch... [read more]

Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)
September 10th, 2014 by Virginia O'Connor
457339108_c89a7c4ceb_o Pronunciation: ooh-tuhn-AHS-uh-nuh Pose Type: Forward bend In Sanskrit, 'ut' means 'intense' and the Standing Forward Bend can be just that. This incredibly therapeutic and revitalizing pose calms the mind while stretching the entire back body. This pose is an essential element of the Sun Salutations sequence and helps prepare the yogi for deeper forward bends. Although it may seem easy... [read more]

Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II)
September 10th, 2014 by Virginia O'Connor
3248149481_5defe1e276_z Pronunciation: veer-ah-bah-DRAHS-anna Pose Type: Standing Pose The fiery power of Warrior I, or Virabhadrasana, is exemplified by this variation of the pose, Warrior II. This pose embodies the spirit of a warrior and conveys readiness, stability, and courage. Warrior II is included in a number of yoga sequences and often follows Warrior I to create continuity in the practice. Each... [read more]

Warrior I (Virabhadrasana I)
September 10th, 2014 by Virginia O'Connor
457339606_30885bc769_o Pronunciation: veer-ah-bah-DRAHS-anna Pose Type: Standing Pose The meaning of Warrior I, or Virabhadrasana, is fierce warrior. The pose is an incarnation of Shiva, the Hindu god said to have a thousand heads, a thousand eyes, and a thousand feet. Shiva wields a thousand clubs and wears a tiger's skin, so this is not a yoga pose for the timid and... [read more]