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Category Archives: Yoga Poses


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]

Mountain Pose (Tadasana)
September 8th, 2014 by Virginia O'Connor
14388530987_14d1853819_z Pronunciation: tah-DAHS-uh-nuh Pose Type: Standing balance Every yogi knows that while it looks like you're just standing in place, Mountain Pose is actually a very active pose involving a great deal of muscle awareness and attention. Tadasana, when correctly executed, works every muscle in the body and when practiced regularly, it can help reduce back pain while strengthening the thighs,... [read more]

Half Forward Bend (Ardha Uttanasana)
September 8th, 2014 by Virginia O'Connor
406501815_5cd05a01fa_z Pronunciation: ARD-uh ooh-tuhn-AHS-uh-nuh Pose Type: Standing fold Half Forward Bend is a relaxing stretch when practiced correctly. It is included in the typical Sun Salutation sequence and there are many variations that can help yogis who are tight. Ardha Uttanasana is a great way to stretch out the spine and legs throughout the day or after sitting for long periods... [read more]

Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
September 8th, 2014 by Virginia O'Connor
5451271690_bedde2ce71_z Pronunciation: (AH-doh MOO-kah shvah-NAHS-anna) Other Names: Downward Dog, or just Down Dog Pose Type: Standing Downward Facing Dog, or Adho Mukha Svanasana, is one of the most innocent-looking poses but it exposes where a yogi has muscle without flexibility. Downward Dog is the perfect post to observe and correct your body's imbalances. For some yogis, the pose is about stretching... [read more]

Extended Side Angle (Utthita Parvakonasana)
September 8th, 2014 by Virginia O'Connor
extended side angle pose Pronunciation: oo-TEE-tah parsh-vah-cone-AHS-anna Pose Type: Standing Extended Side Angle is a full-body wake up pose that gives the body an incredible dose of energy. The pose teaches the yogi how to stabilize their legs while opening and expanding the sides of the rib cage and training the muscles to support good breathing. It tones the muscles along the side of... [read more]

Wild Thing Pose (Camatkarasana)
September 4th, 2014 by Virginia O'Connor
Wild Thing yoga pose Pronunciation: cah-maht-kah-RAHS-anna Alternate Names: Flip Dog Pose Type: Back Bend Camatkarasana pose, also known as "wild thing", is an enormous help with heart-opening. This pose is also referred to as "flipping the dog" and you'll see why later. It is a fun, playful transition usually from downward-facing dog into a one-arm backbend. The pose is inspirational in that it comes... [read more]

My very own Top 10 Most Common Yoga Poses
June 6th, 2012 by Angela Gonzalez
As a yoga instructor I am always asked this question. “What are the top 10 top most yoga poses?” It is very difficult to put together this list if you really analyze all of the poses. I believe that all yoga poses have their own unique benefits and are all valuable. Let’s narrow this down to my top 10 most... [read more]

The Anatomy of Yoga Poses
May 29th, 2012 by tanja
the anatomy of yoga poses As you go through yoga teacher training you are going to learn about how yoga connects with anatomy. Your students are going to expect you to be able to individualize the instructions directed at them and help them modify yoga poses for their bodies, and steer clear of any injuries caused by poor alignment. How can you do this if... [read more]

Yoga Poses for Ankles
May 24th, 2012 by tanja
strong and toned ankles It has been thousands of years that people have used yoga as a physical and mental exercise to build up and maintain a strong body. Yoga is also a great method of physical therapy for physical ailments and pains that occur in many different areas of the body. There are thousands of different yoga poses that help target the lower... [read more]

Yoga Poses for the Hips
May 17th, 2012 by tanja
Yoga Poses for the Hips Most of us feel our muscles tightening as we get older. This is a common thing in your hips. People who spend most of their time sitting at a desk or in a car may have even noticed a decrease in their range of motion. There are some yoga poses that are easy to do and only take 10 minutes... [read more]

Yoga Poses for Kids
May 13th, 2012 by tanja
Yoga Poses for Kids Adults are not the only ones that need to exercise. Yoga teacher training is beginning to put emphases on children and their need for exercise too. Studies show that children should have at least one hour of physical activity each day. Yoga teaching is another source of exercise for children. Yoga can provide exercise and it also helps our kids... [read more]

5 Things to Be Aware of About the Plow Pose
May 7th, 2012 by tanja
Man doing plow-pose The yoga plow, or Plow Pose, is a challenging posture in yoga teaching. Many yoga experts recommend this pose for the mental and physical benefits it provides while some exercise experts warn of the potential physical complications. Just like with any form of exercise, yoga teacher training will tell you to consult with a doctor and decide if this pose is... [read more]