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: Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)

Setu = ‘bridge’ or ‘dam’ Bandha = ‘lock’ or ‘bind’ Asana = ‘posture’ or ‘pose’ Backbends are brilliant for counteracting our habits of slouching, collapsing the chest and generally closing ourselves off from the world all day. Having our bodies and hearts open is something which can often be subconsciously a little scary. To openContinue reading “Practice: Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)”

Practice: Ustrasana (Camel Pose)

A deep backbend when taken to its fullest potential; Ustrasana or ‘camel pose’ mimics the hump of a camel’s back. Backbends can tend to be a little daunting at first, because they’re the opposite action of what we’re now so accustomed to doing; rushing forward, hunching our shoulders, closing off and tensing up. Backbends? TheyContinue reading “Practice: Ustrasana (Camel Pose)”