Practice: Vasisthasana (Side Plank)

Practicing relatively simple arm balances such as Vasisthasana helps to build the upper body and core strength we’ll need when approaching asanas such as Bakasana, Koundinyasana, Urdvha mukha vrksasana (handstand), or Astavakrasana. Strengthening the upper body helps to cultivate Tapas – no, not the Spanish food…. Tapas is part of the Niyamas; the second limbContinue reading “Practice: Vasisthasana (Side Plank)”

Practice: Shishulasana (Dolphin Pose)

One of the best asanas for strengthening the upper body – in particular, the shoulder girdle and serratus anterior muscles – Dolphin is the gateway to inversions such as sirsasana (headstand), Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm balance) and Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand).While many people assume yoga to be ‘all about flexibility’, some of the more profound benefitsContinue reading “Practice: Shishulasana (Dolphin 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)”

What Makes A Well-Rounded Yoga Practice?

For anyone who hasn’t already seen it, here’s an extra offering for you this week…. Make sure you’re getting the most out of your own yoga practice by covering all the areas I discuss in an article recently published by YogaMoo.com! CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE ONLINE

Practice: Astavakrasana (Eight-Angled Pose)

Ashta = ‘Eight’ Vakra = ‘Bent / Curved’ Asana = ‘Pose’   Possibly in some people’s ‘crazy arm balance’ category, Astavakrasana takes patience and practice. It’s often something which people decide they ‘can’t do’ before they even try….. While it may look a little complicated, Astavakrasana is easier than it may first seem if youContinue reading “Practice: Astavakrasana (Eight-Angled Pose)”

Strength From The Inside – Out….

A strong core offers so much more than an attempt to show off your abdominal muscles….. In fact, that tight, rigid 6-pack isn’t so healthy for us. It limits our mobility and doesn’t do much for our over all strength since many of us simply isolate this one part of the body to work on.Continue reading “Strength From The Inside – Out….”

Practice: Utpluthih (Tolasana / Scales pose)

Familiar to those who practice the Ashtanga sequence; Utpluthih or Tolasana builds upper body and core strength dramatically, but it also requires this strength to be able to hold the position. Utpluthih brings about an awareness of how much strength, discipline and balance is needed for other arm balancing poses, as well as cultivating focus.Continue reading “Practice: Utpluthih (Tolasana / Scales pose)”