Tag "backbends"

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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bridge pose – half wheel (setu bandha sarvangasana) A solid backbend for all levels of practice.

Bridge Pose, or Setu Bandha Sarvangasana in Sanskrit, is a backbend and a mild inversion, which means you bring your bottom half above your top half so the heart is above the head. While this pose is much easier to

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wheel pose (urdhva dhanurasana) Open up the shoulders and work the core with this intense backbend.

Wheel Pose, also known as Upward Bow or Urdhva Dhanurasana in Sanskrit, is an advanced backbend. You can use other backbends like Cobra Pose, Upward-Facing Dog Pose and Bridge Pose to work up to this one. Also, it’s beneficial to stretch

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camel pose (ustrasana) An intermediate backbend to stretch and strengthen the back and core

Camel Pose, or Ustrasana in Sanskrit, is a backbend that stretches and strengthens your back. It is also great for improving rounded shoulders. Camel Pose can be difficult for beginners, so you might want to warm up to it by

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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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dancer pose (natarajasana)

King of the Dancer’s Pose Dancer pose, formally known as King of the Dancer’s Pose, Lord of the Dance Pose or Natarajasana in Sanskrit, is an advanced pose that includes a backbend and balancing all at once. Since this is

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upward facing dog (urdhva mukha svanasana)

Upward facing dog may as well be the cousin of cobra pose. The two poses are almost identical from the waist up; the big difference comes with lifting the legs off of the ground and adding openness to the torso.

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cobra pose (bhujangasana)

Cobra pose is commonly used in the beginning of class to warm up with and get the body moving with little strain, it is typically the first back-bend you will do in most classes. You will commonly hear teachers referring

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