Practice: Supta Garudasana Variation

The word ‘Yoga’ doesn’t just mean ‘to unite’, ‘to connect’, or ‘to become whole’, it also has a counter-intuitive meaning; ‘to separate’, or more accurately; ‘to dis-entangle’. While this asana variation presents itself as a core-strengthener (and a pretty good one at that), by practicing postures like these, we can use them as a physicalContinue reading “Practice: Supta Garudasana Variation”

Practice: Flying Eagle Transition (Garudasana & Virabhadrasana 3)

Garudasana is often known as ‘eagle pose’, however the word ‘Garuda’ doesn’t literally translate as ‘eagle’. As I mentioned in last week’s post the Sanskrit language doesn’t just describe or name an object, it actually holds the essence of the very thing it’s describing. ‘Garuda’ more closely means ‘devourer’, ‘devourer of serpents’, or ‘all-consuming fireContinue reading “Practice: Flying Eagle Transition (Garudasana & Virabhadrasana 3)”

Practice: Garudasana Preparation / Eage Pose Preparation

The habit of holding our breath when we enter a balancing posture mirrors the habit of holding our breath in difficult life situations. When things get a little wobbly – physically and metaphorically – it’s our breath that is the first thing to respond…. The Yoga Sutras say that the aim of Yoga is ‘chittaContinue reading “Practice: Garudasana Preparation / Eage Pose Preparation”

Practice: Garudasana (Eagle Pose)

As I’ve said before – balancing is brilliant for bringing us into the present moment. It’s surprising how many millions of thoughts we can have running through our mind, and how none of them are actually related to what’s happening right now. When we balance, our focus is pulled deeper into ourselves physically and energetically, andContinue reading “Practice: Garudasana (Eagle Pose)”

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)”