YOGAMATTERS Blog: Embody The Warrior

A big thank you to YogaMatters who have just published my most recent blog article on their website.  For anyone who has ever wondered about the deeper meanings behind the Yoga postures, what they represent and what the names mean, then stay tuned to the series of blogs I’ll be writing exclusively for YogaMatters! TheContinue reading “YOGAMATTERS Blog: Embody The Warrior”

Practice: Reverse Warrior

Also known as ‘sun warrior’ and ‘peaceful warrior’ this variation on the traditional virabhadrasana 2 gives a welcome opening to the sides of the body – notably the serratus anterior which we engage a lot during chatturangas and vinyasas, and the intercostal muscles which surround the ribs, helping to expand and open the upper bodyContinue reading “Practice: Reverse Warrior”

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: Virabhadrasana 3 / Warrior 3

Not my favourite posture, I’ll admit! Virabhadrasana 3 or Warrior 3 represents another aspect of the warrior Virabhadra in Indian mythology. (For just a little more detail on Virabhadrasana, click HERE). This asana is brilliant for strengthening the intrinsic muscles of the feet, the ankles, legs, hips and abdominal muscles, while testing our balance and will-power!Continue reading “Practice: Virabhadrasana 3 / Warrior 3”

Practice: Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana (Compass Pose)

Parivrtta = revolved     Surya = Sun    Yantra = Instrument      Open your hips, hamstrings and shoulders in preparation to guide yourself in to compass pose. This pose requires patience, lots of warming up, and the ability to know the difference between listening to your body and listening to your ego. When we push ourselves inContinue reading “Practice: Parivrtta Surya Yantrasana (Compass Pose)”