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 sciatica […]

Practice: Preparation For Ardha Chandrasana (Mini Half Moon)

When there’s an imbalance between tension, flexibility and strength in the hips, this can often cause problems primarily in the lower back and knees, although as mentioned last week, an imbalance in one part of the body can effect just about any other part of us – physically, mentally and emotionally. The gluteus medius, and […]

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 matter […]

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, but […]

Practice: Urdvha Prasarita Eka Padasana (Standing Splits)

  ‘Urdvha’ = ‘upward’ in this case ‘high up’ Prasarita = ‘extended or spread out’               Eka = ‘One’   Pada= ‘Foot’    Asana = ‘Pose’  In this asana – one foot is extended up high, creating a splits-like action with the legs.   There are certain words which […]

Practice: Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana (Compass Pose)

Parivrtta = revolved     Surya = Sun    Yantra = Instrument      Open your hips, hamstrings and shoulders in preparation to guide yourself in to compass pose. This pose requires patience, lots of warming up, and the ability to know the difference between listening to your body and listening to your ego. When we push ourselves in […]

Practice: Natarajasana (Dancer Pose)

A little more difficult than balancing poses such as vrksasana (tree pose). Natarajasana cultivates (and requires) lots of concentration and balance – as well as a big opening in the hips and quadriceps!   Nataraja is said to be the ‘king of the dancers’, representing Shiva – who’s rhythmic play is thought to have created […]