Practice: 4 Parts of The Breath

As I mentioned in last week’s post, it is the amount of focus we bring to the transitions we make within a yoga practice that determine how ‘in the zone’ we can become on the mat. Being aware and present for one posture takes focus, but being aware and present as you move from oneContinue reading “Practice: 4 Parts of The Breath”

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: Virabhadrasana 3 / Warrior 3

Not my favourite posture, I’ll admit! Virabhadrasana 3 or Warrior 3 represents another aspect of the warrior Virabhadra in Indian mythology. (For just a little more detail on Virabhadrasana, click HERE). This asana is brilliant for strengthening the intrinsic muscles of the feet, the ankles, legs, hips and abdominal muscles, while testing our balance and will-power!Continue reading “Practice: Virabhadrasana 3 / Warrior 3”

Practice: Kurmasana (Tortoise Pose)

Kurmasana, or ‘tortoise pose’, carries with it that sense of inward focus, much like a tortoise drawing in to it’s shell. When we begin to focus more on what’s going on inside, we deepen our yoga practice and learn to cultivate ‘pratyahara’ or ‘sense withdrawal’, one of the eight limbs of yoga, laid out inContinue reading “Practice: Kurmasana (Tortoise Pose)”