Practice: Eka Pada Malasana / One Legged Garland Pose

Eka = ‘One’    Pada = ‘Foot’   Mala = Garland    Asana = Posture *Possible prop needed: One block, or a rolled towel.  Balancing is one of the most important aspects of our practice. Not only does it help our nervous system to wake up and start building new neural pathways as we workContinue reading “Practice: Eka Pada Malasana / One Legged Garland Pose”

Practice: Malasana / Garland Pose + a mini anatomy lesson!

The traditional malasana is practiced with the arms wrapped around the body, with the hands clasping at the back. This both requires and gives a big opening to the shoulders and chest, as well as opening the hips and lengthening the Achilles heel (a place in which many runners can experience the symptoms of tendonitis).Continue reading “Practice: Malasana / Garland Pose + a mini anatomy lesson!”

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)”