Practice: Parivrtta Anjaneyasana Variation / Revolved Low Lunge Variation

Parivrtta = ‘revolved’  Anjaneyasana = Often known as ‘crescent pose’ or ‘crescent moon’, or less poetically as – ‘low lunge’ Twists are very much the group of postures we make much more difficult for ourselves than they need to be. Physically pushing towards a deeper twist usually directs more force into one particular part of the spine, whichContinue reading “Practice: Parivrtta Anjaneyasana Variation / Revolved Low Lunge Variation”

Practice: Anjaneyasana (Back-Bending Variation)

When it comes to backbends, there’s a lot more to it than just bending backwards…. In order to find the healthiest backbend for our own body, it’s important to open up, lengthen, strengthen and release all the other areas that might be restricting us from getting into a backbend that is truly beneficial for us.Continue reading “Practice: Anjaneyasana (Back-Bending Variation)”

Practice: Vasisthasana & Variations. Cultivating space & strength in the shoulders, and practicing without pain….

Although I’ve written about the full expression of Vasisthasana before, and how to enter into it from postures like adho mukha svanasana (downward facing dog), it’s important to have an understanding of the different variations we can practice beforehand while building strength in the upper body. If you’re fairly new to practicing yoga, it’s unlikelyContinue reading “Practice: Vasisthasana & Variations. Cultivating space & strength in the shoulders, and practicing without pain….”

Practice: Ardha Matsyendrasana / Half Lord Of The Fishes Pose

Ardha = ‘Half’    Matsya = ‘Fish’    Eendra = ‘King’    Asana = ‘Posture’ or ‘Seat’ This asana is named after the great Yogi Matsyendranath Ardha Matsyendrasana is a pretty deep spinal twist in its full expression, but it’s how we approach and prepare for the posture that really makes the difference in howContinue reading “Practice: Ardha Matsyendrasana / Half Lord Of The Fishes Pose”

Practice: Chapasana (Sugarcane Pose)

This asana is simultaneously an asymmetrical backbend and a balancing posture, which means that to practice it while maintaining space in the spine, safety in the knees, and stability in the standing leg is a big challenge… let alone while remembering to breathe at the same time! The name ‘chapasana’ refers to ‘sugarcane’ but aContinue reading “Practice: Chapasana (Sugarcane Pose)”

Practice: Preparation For Backbending

Although backbends may appear to be all about flexibility, they actually require a lot of strength in order to practice them in a way that is healthy and sustainable. The strength we need to cultivate before moving into backbends arises not only from the muscles of the back, but also a connection to the deepContinue reading “Practice: Preparation For Backbending”

Practice: Parivrtta Ashta Chandrasana Variation / Revolved High Lunge Variaton

Parivrtta = ‘turned’ or ‘revolved’    Ashta = ‘Eight’    Chandra = ‘Moon’ ‘Revolved Eight Point Crescent Moon Variation’ Ashta chandrasana (often referred to as ‘high lunge’) is a posture we’re likely to practice in many dyamic, flow-style classes, and is one that can become familiar and comfortable in a short amount of time when practiced consistently. Once we’veContinue reading “Practice: Parivrtta Ashta Chandrasana Variation / Revolved High Lunge Variaton”

Practice: Anjaneyasana Variation (IT band & hip opener!)

Tension in and around the hips can contribute to a lot of other issues within the body: lower back pain, knee troubles, poor posture, and even referred pain down in the feet or all the way up in the neck can all be linked back to imbalances within the muscles of the hips. No matterContinue reading “Practice: Anjaneyasana Variation (IT band & hip opener!)”

Practice: Anjaneyasana Variation / Crescent Lunge Variation

The ‘crescent’ part of this asana refers to the shape the posture takes ‘Anjaneya’ is another name for the deity Hanuman  This week sees a full moon on the lunar calendar, which for some means no practicing at all, and for others it means paying close attention to how our practice affects us, as the energyContinue reading “Practice: Anjaneyasana Variation / Crescent Lunge Variation”

Practice: Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge)

Our bodies are built to move in a natural way, but unfortunately we have a habit of doing things that don’t necessarily serve us so well. Sitting in chairs for long periods of time, cycling, running on hard pavements in unsupportive shoes, and exercising on machines that don’t support the way our bodies naturally like toContinue reading “Practice: Anjaneyasana (Low Lunge)”