Practice: Vasisthasana & Variations. Cultivating space & strength in the shoulders, and practicing without pain….

Although I’ve written about the full expression of Vasisthasana before, and how to enter into it from postures like adho mukha svanasana (downward facing dog), it’s important to have an understanding of the different variations we can practice beforehand while building strength in the upper body. If you’re fairly new to practicing yoga, it’s unlikelyContinue reading “Practice: Vasisthasana & Variations. Cultivating space & strength in the shoulders, and practicing without pain….”

Practice: Vasisthasana Variation / Side Plank Variation

If you’re working on building up strength for the full vasisthasana or ‘side plank’, this is a great place to start. It’s not unusual in a Yoga class to be faced with one or two postures we’re not completely comfortable with. This is a good thing, as it means there’s always room to grow withinContinue reading “Practice: Vasisthasana Variation / Side Plank Variation”

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)”