Practice: Sucirandhrasana (Eye Of The Needle Pose)

If you’ve ever experienced lower back pain – and most people do at some point in life, you’ll know how limiting it can be to every-day activities. An aching lower back or ‘lumbago’ is common and usually disappears in a few weeks or months, although other causes such as a ruptured vertebral disk or sciaticaContinue reading “Practice: Sucirandhrasana (Eye Of The Needle Pose)”

Practice: Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana

 Parivrtta = ‘Revolved’    Ardha = ‘Half’    Chandra = ‘Moon’    Asana = ‘Posture’ or ‘Seat’  Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana or ‘revolved half moon pose’, is a challenging combination of twisting and balancing, which also requires a lot of core strength and focus. Balancing really requires us to be totally present and self-aware, and is alsoContinue reading “Practice: Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana”

Practice: Parivrtta Utkatasana (Revolved Chair Pose)

Parivrtta = ‘Revolved’       Utkata = ‘Wild’, ‘Frightening’, ‘Intense’, ‘Furious’ Utkatasana is known by many other names, such as ‘fierce pose’, ‘fiery angle pose’, ‘powerful pose’, ‘lightening bolt pose’, ‘chair pose’, ‘hazardous pose’, ‘awkward pose’…. So you already know it’s not exactly a posture you’re going to fall asleep in…. While this posture isContinue reading “Practice: Parivrtta Utkatasana (Revolved Chair Pose)”

Practice: Parsvottanasana (Intense Side Stretch)

‘Parsva’ = Side / Flank   ‘Ut’ = Intense   ‘Tan’ = To stretch or extend Opening the sides of the body offers us a doorway into a deeper expansion of – and connection to – the breath. From our physical asana practice, and the practice of pranayama, we know that whatever situation we find ourselves inContinue reading “Practice: Parsvottanasana (Intense Side Stretch)”

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 – Parivrtta Adho Mukha Svanasana (Revolved Downward Facing Dog)

parivrtta = ‘revolved’   adho = ‘downward’ from the Sanskrit word adhas meaning ‘down’   mukha = face   svana = ‘dog’   asana = ‘posture’, or ‘seat’ Downward Facing Dog is a posture many people have heard of even if they  don’t practice physical yoga – and you’ve likely found yourself here many, many times if you practiceContinue reading “Practice – Parivrtta Adho Mukha Svanasana (Revolved Downward Facing Dog)”

Practice: Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose)

Parivrtta = “To Turn” / “To Revolve”    Trikona = Three Angle or Triangle    Asana = Posture The New year has probably seen a lot of Yoga classes practicing a series of twists, and there’s good reason for it…. Physically, twists promote detoxification and stimulation of the kidneys and liver (so if you’re hungoverContinue reading “Practice: Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose)”

Practice: Swimming Salabhasana (Inspired By Brahmani Yoga)

The lower back is a place a lot of us experience discomfort, in fact lower back pain is the number one cause of disability world-wide. (In this sense, disability means no longer being able to go about your day in the way you’re used to, so you may still be able to move around, butContinue reading “Practice: Swimming Salabhasana (Inspired By Brahmani Yoga)”

Practice: Utkata Konasana (Fiery Angle Pose / Goddess Pose / Horse Stance) + Why ‘New Year, New You’ Is Stopping Us From Loving The Body We’re In Right Now….

There are certain postures that feel incredibly empowering and strong, and Utkata Konaana – also known as Goddess Pose, Double Warrior and Horse Stance in Tai Chi and Qi Gong practices – is definitely one of them…. This stable, standing asana works to strengthen the legs – noticeably the thighs – and helps to openContinue reading “Practice: Utkata Konasana (Fiery Angle Pose / Goddess Pose / Horse Stance) + Why ‘New Year, New You’ Is Stopping Us From Loving The Body We’re In Right Now….”