Asana

Best Yoga Poses for Stress

This posture is sometimes called “Half Lord of the Fishes pose.” The name can be traced to Sage Matsyendra. Ardha Matsyendrasana can be confusing to some, but it releases physical tension within the entire body. Physical tension stored at a desk, in a car, and on the couch is a recipe for stress overload.

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Yoga Inversions and Spinal Compression

Yoga is well known for its health and spiritual benefits, and many people wish to take advantage of it. This leads to a huge diversity of age and ability within beginning and intermediate levels of Yoga practice. It is essential that Yoga teachers, interns, and students be aware of and educated about safe guidelines and techniques for all practitioners of this popular discipline.

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How Long Should You Hold Hatha Yoga Poses?

There are some asanas that are not meant to be done for minutes at a time. It is not always true that holding a pose for an extended amount of time is better. For example, the Peacock Pose (Mayurasana), the Eagle Pose (Garudasana), and the Crow Pose (Kakasana), are asanas that might not be executed for very long time, due to their ability to cause internal or external strain.

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Three Yoga Hip Openers for Students

The majority of our yoga students spend all day sitting behind a desk and staring at a computer screen. Even those who don’t have an office job spend a disproportionate amount of time sitting. All of this sitting leads to some very tight hips. What yoga poses are best for restoring hip health? Take a look at these three hip-opening poses below.

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Yoga Asana Secrets

The joints are able to bend and turn as more space is created for maneuverability. By keeping regular Yoga practices going you are contributing to your own good health by keeping the energy flowing freely. The body becomes a conduit for creative life force as it begins the healing process. As the energy flows freely through you, you begin to feel invigorated and re-charged able to function all the better at your healthiest. Beginning to move through life strong in your purpose and feeling connected!

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Yoga Poses for Runners: Downward Facing Dog

To practice Adho Mukha Svanasana, come to Mountain Pose at the front of your Yoga mat. With an inhale, raise your arms overhead. With your next exhale, bring your hands down the front of your body in Prayer Position all the way to your Yoga mat. Place your hands next to your feet and with your next inhale look slightly up, and then with an exhale, jump or walk your feet behind you so that your body creates an inverted V.

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Warrior III for Innovation

When our prana is sluggish from too much muscular tension, stress and toxicity, our creativity is also dulled. Choosing Yoga poses and sequences that increase the circulation of prana will ignite the creative spark within you.

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Yoga Poses for Courage

Bakasana is another wonderful Yoga pose that promotes a feeling of courage, strength and balance. Start by squatting down on your Yoga mat with your feet 4 to 6 inches apart. If you do not have the flexibility to keep your heels flat on the mat when you squat down, please use a folded blanket to create a firm and comfortable foundation for the pose.

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Trauma Sensitive Yoga Poses – Beginner Seated Postures

Supported Forward Fold, Seated Twist and Fire Log Pose are all very effective Yoga asanas that are available to Yoga practitioners of all levels. Seated Yoga asanas that are practiced in a restorative manner are particularly nourishing and relaxing. Restorative Poses will also help a trauma survivor to feel held and supported. Supported Forward Fold is an accessible Yoga asana that allows a trauma survivor to relax and release a feeling of being frozen.

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