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Interesting Yoga Poses

As you may know, yoga is very beneficial for anyone who tries it. Not only does it relax the body, but it relaxes the mind as well. If you are new to yoga, you are probably not very familiar with many yoga poses. Fortunately, this blog post will be focusing on two interesting yoga poses for you to try. They are good whether you are just beginning your venture into yoga or  even if you have been doing yoga for a long time. To learn about these poses, what they are, and how you can do them, read on.

Malasana (Yoga Squat)

catspaw5One yoga pose you ought to try is Malasana, otherwise known as the yoga squat. To do this pose, you simply squat, with your toes facing outward, heels facing in, and the hands in the prayer position close to the chest. This pose is especially beneficial for pregnant women because it opens the pubic symphysis in the pelvis. It is also beneficial because it relives back pain and stretches the calves and inner thighs.

Warrior 1

yogaanatomyAnother yoga pose you ought to try is the Warrior 1. To do this, simply stand with your feet at least four feet apart. Your feet should point forward, with your back foot at a slight angle. The front knee should stack above the front ankle. Both arms should be be extended overhead. this pose can help relieve tension all over the body.

These are just a couple examples of easy and interesting yoga poses. To learn more please contact us.

The anatomy drawing of warrior I pose is from Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff  and Amy Matthews

Opening Yoga

catspawtriWelcome summer! Throughout the summer we will look at opening yoga poses. Our first opening, is triangle pose or in sanskrit Trikonasana.

From the perspective of structural yoga – the pose is not more important the your body, so coming in to triangle some of us need modifications.

There are many sites that discuss anatomy, the blog The Daily Bandha and the website Bandha Yoga are great and the illustrations are not only beautiful in the scientific sense but very useful and informative.Kaminoff

I come into triangle everyday, usually in the morning to open my hips.  According to Yoga Journal these are the other benefits to triangle are:

  • Stretches and strengthens the thighs, knees, and ankles
  • Stretches the hips, groins, hamstrings, and calves; shoulders, chest, and spine
  • Stimulates the abdominal organs
  • Helps relieve stress
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
  • Relieves backache, especially through second trimester of pregnancy
  • Therapeutic for anxiety, flat feet, infertility, neck pain, osteoporosis, and sciatica

A lot of us get stuck at our laptops or driving or just plain sitting and our bodies are meant to move.  So try an opening yoga pose like triangle that help you move throughout the day.

Pause to come to Trikonasana.

The anatomy drawing of triangle pose is from Yoga Anatomy by Leslie Kaminoff  and Amy Matthews

All Day Yoga – One Minute at a Time

catspaw1If you incorporate you into your day it won’t feel like so much – All Day Yoga Give Me Just One Minute. During the month of June we will look at various yoga poses or asanas and how we can modify to bring through out your day.

No matter how advanced your routine, how far you have come, or how in-the-moment you are most of the time, there are often moments in your life when you are out of step with yourself and the world around you. These times are when you need to be the most mindful, but somehow you just are not in the right frame of mind.

This is when you need some form of all day yoga. One to five minutes of poses, mantras, or directed thoughts can be all you need re-center yourself and step back into the moment you need to be in. Having several of these mini routines will enable you to have your peace and live life’s crazy moments too, no matter the circumstances.

To get you started on creating your all-day yoga routines, here are a couple of things to consider carefully.

Daily Surroundings

First, where are you every day? Think hard about those surroundings. Is there a place where you can have five solid minutes of uninterrupted time to yourself? How about three minutes? Whatever the space and amount of time you believe you can be sure of, plan for that to be your go-to spot and create your routine to fit it. If there is space, include a few simple poses that are most comforting to your mindset. If space is tight, plan instead for stillness, mantras, and directed thought.

Restroom Restfulness

You absolutely should include in your bag of tricks at least one 1-minute stillness and directed thought routine you can do in any restroom. This will become one of the most useful things you have available to you in extremely stressful or rushed times. Everyone can find one minute in the restroom, no matter the circumstances, and that single minute can be enough to get back into the moment you need to be in.

Contact us to find all the ways to take yoga with you all day long.

Show Up

Show up!

Just show up and things will happen.  Mother Teresa 1910-1997 

As we continue to remind ourselves why practice matters during the month of April, I think of the quote from Aaron Sorkin below.  Showing up is the only way that something will happen.

decisions-are-made-by-those-who-show-up-quote-1Whether we show up to our meditation cushion, yoga mat, a job, a meeting, or most importantly, your life – be a participant and you get to decide!

I know sometimes showing up can be mundane, boring and repetitive.  How can we get a different attitude about showing up?  What needs to happen for us to become invested in showing up?shanti-town.jpg

In my post What’s Your Cue I pointed out that according to Charles Duhigg, changing one thing in the cycle of cue–routine–reward can change everything.  Recently I had a student try the “Crow” yoga pose-bakasana, which had eluded her for years.  So my cue to her was lift up your head – meaning, take your eye off the floor and raise your gaze higher.  She was successful and it changed her perspective.

What new cue will help you to show up and participate in your life?




Step up to the Plate

Do we really need an opportunity or crisis to step up to the plate?

stepuptotheplateOur theme for April is, “Practice Matters.”  Since the baseball season has just begun (Go, Rockies!) I thought I would use a baseball metaphor to make a point about the importance of practice.

When we begin yoga, we have to learn to come to our mat or meditation cushion even when we don’t want to.  We have to “step up to the plate.”  It is only when we show up at the appointed place for a specific purpose that we can see what will happen, whether it is a home run or a called third strike.

Stepping up to the plate does not mean, though, that we have to practice the same way, inning after inning, day after day.  Not every turn at bat requires swinging for the stands; sometimes a bunt is all you need.  It’s OK to mix it up; take a different route.  If, like lots of people, you have a job that has become boring, you have probably figured out ways to show up and make it interesting, so you don’t come home drained every day.  Even the sunrise isn’t the same every day.  So, stepping up to the plate can mean, try a new yoga pose or a different meditation that isn’t yet part of your practice.  But make a routine of coming to the mat and practicing something.  The more we practice – the more we take our turn at bat – the more we learn about ourselves. (Seth Godin book: It’s Your Turn and It’s Always Your Turn.

 Pause to step up to the …

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