Yoga Poses: Eagle Pose (Garudasana)

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Garudasana, (gah-rue-DAHS-anna) garuda=king of birds, asana = pose Eagle pose is a standing balancing yoga posture.  It’s one of the 84 original asanas listed in the Hatha Yoga Pradipika, which was written sometime around 1200-1300 AD. Although it’s a traditional pose, it’s not an easy pose. It can be tricky to attain this posture the first few times. It can …

Yoga Poses: Warrior 1

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Virabhadrasana eka (veer-ah-bah-DRAHS-anna eka) Vira = hero/courage, bhadra = auspicious, asana = pose, eka = one Warrior 1 pose is a foundational yoga pose that is often included in vinyasa classes. Warrior 1 is a standing pose with a slight backbend. It’s the first of the three well-known poses that make up the Warrior series. Warrior 1 pose strengthens the …

Yoga Poses: Revolved Chair Pose

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It’s still January — a good month to look toward health and detoxification. In the yoga world, twists are often touted to be especially effective for detoxification; but contrary to what you may hear in some classes, they don’t directly affect the workings of the liver, where the primary mechanisms of detoxification occur. That said, yoga in general does help the …

Warrior Pose, aka Motherhood

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Ah, Mother’s Day — that yearly reminder of what’s never really forgotten. I mean, the fact that you’re a mom doesn’t slip your mind, does it? Or at least not very often, or for very long. But the annual May ‘holiday’ does give others a chance to recognize your mama status, and affords us all the opportunity to thank our …

Focus on…Chaturanga Dandasana

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I’ve long seen students practicing a variety of chaturangas where their alignment is not optimal to prevent an injury surfacing over time. As a result, and in an effort to deepen our understanding of this pose, the focus this month is on Chaturanga Dandasana, which is a deceptively hard pose to do, and can place strain on the wrists and elbows. Let’s take …

Focus on…Warrior 2

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I’m often asked by students about the correct alignment and muscle activation in Warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana II). Before we get look closer at the physical aspects of this pose, think about Ray Long’s description out of Anatomy for Vinyasa Flow and Standing Poses … “This pose embodies the spirit of a warrior and conveys readiness, stability and courage”. I think the mindset is …