Practice: Anjaneyasana (Back-Bending Variation)

When it comes to backbends, there’s a lot more to it than just bending backwards…. In order to find the healthiest backbend for our own body, it’s important to open up, lengthen, strengthen and release all the other areas that might be restricting us from getting into a backbend that is truly beneficial for us.Continue reading “Practice: Anjaneyasana (Back-Bending Variation)”

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 matterContinue reading “Practice: Anjaneyasana Variation (IT band & hip opener!)”

Practice: Parsva Konasana Variation / Side Angle Variation / ‘Lazy Angle’

Also known as ‘lazy angle’ by the brilliant Taylor Harkness, this variation of parsva konasana helps to give a deeper opening to the front hip, while simultaneously opening up the muscles of the chest, shoulders and upper back. Taking the traditional postures and playing with them to see how our bodies respond is something thatContinue reading “Practice: Parsva Konasana Variation / Side Angle Variation / ‘Lazy Angle’”

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: Anjaneyasana Variation / Crescent Lunge Variation

The ‘crescent’ part of this asana refers to the shape the posture takes ‘Anjaneya’ is another name for the deity Hanuman  This week sees a full moon on the lunar calendar, which for some means no practicing at all, and for others it means paying close attention to how our practice affects us, as the energyContinue reading “Practice: Anjaneyasana Variation / Crescent Lunge Variation”

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 createdContinue reading “Practice: Natarajasana (Dancer Pose)”