Practice: Utkatasana / Fierce Pose / Chair Pose / Awkward Pose

Utkata = ‘wild’, ‘frightening’, ‘fierce’, ‘furious’         Asana = ‘Posture’ Also known as ‘fierce pose’, ‘awkward pose’, ‘wild pose’, and now commonly referred to as ‘chair pose’; utkatasana is part of the traditional surya namaskar B sequence, used in Ashtanga and many other styles of vinyasa and dynamic yoga sequences. Helping toContinue reading “Practice: Utkatasana / Fierce Pose / Chair Pose / Awkward 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!”