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: Virabhadrasana 1 / Warrior 1 *Heart Opening Variation

Vira = Hero     Bhadra = Friend    Asana = Posture Just the action of opening up the chest and energetic heart space can be enough to shift some people’s mindset; we’re often so caught up in our own world of worries, concerns and frustrations that we tend to close ourselves off physically and emotionally from theContinue reading “Practice: Virabhadrasana 1 / Warrior 1 *Heart Opening Variation”

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)”

Practice: Kurmasana (Tortoise Pose)

Kurmasana, or ‘tortoise pose’, carries with it that sense of inward focus, much like a tortoise drawing in to it’s shell. When we begin to focus more on what’s going on inside, we deepen our yoga practice and learn to cultivate ‘pratyahara’ or ‘sense withdrawal’, one of the eight limbs of yoga, laid out inContinue reading “Practice: Kurmasana (Tortoise Pose)”

Yoga For Runners

  If you’ve managed to stick to your new year’s resolution of taking up running as a new way to stay healthy, then firstly; well done! Secondly; this could be handy….   While running is a really great form of exercise, unfortunately what comes with it – especially to those who aren’t necessarily experts –Continue reading “Yoga For Runners”

Practice: Svarga Dvidasana (Bird Of Paradise Pose)

Svarga Dvidasana requires a combination of steadiness (sthira) and ease (sukha); the steadiness to maintain a lengthened spine and strong balance, and the ease to open the hips and extend the top leg to it’s full potential. No matter how ‘difficult’ a pose seems, there is always a level we can take it to thatContinue reading “Practice: Svarga Dvidasana (Bird Of Paradise Pose)”