Stop Struggling & Find True Strength

Especially if you’re relatively new to practicing Yoga and have come directly from a ‘feel the burn’, ‘push, push, push’ and ‘no pain no gain’ background, postures like Bakasana, Adho Mukha Vrksasana (handstand), plank, Ashtavakrasana, or Urdhva Dhanurasana can all seem like asanas you’ll need to force your way through. The truth is though, whileContinue reading “Stop Struggling & Find True Strength”

Practice: Phalakasana (Plank Pose)

Anyone been joining in with the 30 day plank challenge?…. Phalakasana or ‘plank’ is probably the most recognisable position for most people when they enter their first yoga class. A brilliant core and upper body strengthener; this asana builds inner strength and willpower as we build up to being able to hold this posture regularlyContinue reading “Practice: Phalakasana (Plank Pose)”

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: 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)”