Tag "asana"

half moon pose (ardha chandrasana)

Half Moon pose, or Ardha Chandrasana in Sanskrit, helps to stretch, strengthen and balance your body. Also, the squeezing action on your sides helps with digestion. This pose takes balance, and you can begin by holding onto a wall or

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peaceful warrior (shanti warrior)

Peaceful Warrior, also known as shanti (peace) warrior, is perfect to transition into from Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II). This pose is still strong like Warrior II, but it also adds some grace. The pose itself consists of a standing pose

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plank pose (utthita caturanga dandasana)

In my entire yoga career I have never herd anyone refer to this pose in sanskrit so I had to actually look it up. Turns out it is not as mysterious as I may of thought or was hoping. Just

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asana – limb 3 in the 8 limbs of ashtanga

The third limb described in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali is the one that most Americans are familiar with: asana, which is Sanskrit for “pose,” although it is also translated to mean “being present in the body.” If you practice

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fish pose (matsyasana) Open your heart while feeling grounded in this supine backbend.

There are many variations of Fish Pose, also known as Matsyasana in Sanskrit. We will cover the one you will find in most classes, that is easier for beginners than the traditional way of performing this pose. If you choose,

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head-to-knee forward bend (janu sirsasana) Activate all 3 bandhas with this entry level pose

Head-to-Knee Forward Bend, or Janu Sirsasana in Sanskrit, is a seated forward bend. Sitting on a folded blanket or a pillow can help you go deeper into this pose, and help you to maintain proper form. Also, it can help

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seated forward bend (paschimottanasana)

Seated Forward Bend, or Paschimottanasana in Sanskrit, is a very relaxing pose that can help you deal with stress and help you sleep, among many other benefits. However, it can be a stressful pose if you have tight hamstrings or

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why men should practice yoga…

Yoga Journal’s 2008 “Yoga in America” study found that 72.2 percent of yoga practitioners are women and 27.8 percent are men. While men seem to be gaining interest in this practice, it is still dominated by women. As a woman,

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triangle pose (trikonasana)

Triangle Pose, or Trikonasana in Sanskrit, is a great pose for opening the hips, lengthening and strengthening your legs and opening your chest, among other benefits. This pose can be a challenge, and it’s important not to overextend your knees

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side plank pose (vasisthasana)

Side Plank Pose, or Vasisthasana in Sanskrit, is an arm balancing pose that takes a lot of strength to begin. It’s best to build some core and arm strength before performing this pose, or you can begin with one knee

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