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  • 3 Ways to Prep for Hanumanasana
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    3 Ways to Prep for Hanumanasana

    Stretch your hamstrings and hip flexors in these prep poses for Hanumanasana. PREVIOUS STEP IN YOGAPEDIA 3 Ways to Modify ParsvottanasanaNEXT STEP IN YOGAPEDIA Challenge Pose: HanumanasanaSEE ALL ENTRIES IN YOGAPEDIA See also 4 Ways to Prep for Ubhaya Padangusthasana About Our ProTeacher and model Natasha Rizopoulos is a senior teacher at Down Under Yoga in Boston, where… More

  • 3 Ways to Modify Parsvottanasana
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    3 Ways to Modify Parsvottanasana

    Modify Parsvottanasana as necessary to find powerful alignment and stability. PREVIOUS STEP IN YOGAPEDIA Master Parsvottanasana In 6 StepsNEXT STEP IN YOGAPEDIA 3 Ways to Prep for HanumanasanaSEE ALL ENTRIES IN YOGAPEDIA Powerful Alignment Tadasana can serve as a template for all other postures. If you can understand and embody its essential principles of sthira (stability) and sukha… More

  • Master Parsvottanasana In 6 Steps
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    Master Parsvottanasana In 6 Steps

    Stretch your hamstrings, tone your glutes, and maintain a balanced pelvis with these alignment principles and actions. NEXT STEP IN YOGAPEDIA 3 Ways to Modify Parsvottanasana SEE ALL ENTRIES IN YOGAPEDIA ParsvottanasanaParsva = Side · Ut = Intense (or superiority in power) Tan = Stretch · Asana = Pose BENEFITS Stretches your hamstrings; tones your gluteus… More

  • 10 ‘Simple’ Yoga Poses That Help Everyone at Any Age
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    10 ‘Simple’ Yoga Poses That Help Everyone at Any Age

    These 10 “simple” poses and practices might just be the best tools yoga has to offer, with huge benefits for your body and mind at any age or stage of life. Even though I’ve been practicing yoga for almost three decades, I still find myself drawn back again and again to the “simple” poses. I‘ve… More

  • Master Paschimottanasana in 6 Steps
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    Master Paschimottanasana in 6 Steps

    Stretch the back of your entire body, open your hips, and create a state of inner calm. NEXT STEP IN YOGAPEDIA 3 Ways to Modify PaschimottanasanaSEE ALL ENTRIES IN YOGAPEDIA PaschimottanasanaPaschima = Western · Uttana = Intense stretch · Asana = Pose BENEFITS  Stretches the back of your entire body, from your heels to your… More

  • 4 Ways to Prep for Ubhaya Padangusthasana
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    4 Ways to Prep for Ubhaya Padangusthasana

    Strengthen your legs and core and improve circulation with these prep poses for Ubhaya Padangusthasana PREVIOUS STEP IN YOGAPEDIA 3 Ways to Modify PaschimottanasanaNEXT STEP IN YOGAPEDIA Challenge Pose: Ubhaya PadangusthasanaSEE ALL ENTRIES IN YOGAPEDIA See also 3 Ways to Prep for Mayurasana More

  • 3 Ways to Modify Paschimottanasana
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    3 Ways to Modify Paschimottanasana

    Modify Paschimottanasana as necessary to find safe alignment in your body. PREVIOUS STEP IN YOGAPEDIA Master Paschimottanasana in 6 StepsNEXT STEP IN YOGAPEDIA 4 Ways to Prep for Ubhaya PadangusthasanaSEE ALL ENTRIES IN YOGAPEDIA Beyond the body It’s important to remember that the quality of your yoga practice is not defined by the pliability of your limbs… More

  • Challenge Pose: Ubhaya Padangusthasana
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    Challenge Pose: Ubhaya Padangusthasana

    Strengthen your abdominals as you move step by step into Ubhaya Padangusthasana. PREVIOUS STEP IN YOGAPEDIA 4 Ways to Prep for Ubhaya PadangusthasanaSEE ALL ENTRIES IN YOGAPEDIA Ubhaya Padangusthasana Ubhaya = Both · Pada = Foot · Angusta = Big Toe · Asana = Pose Benefits Tones your abdomen; applies acupressure to your big toes (which relate to head and brain… More

  • The Bandha Approach You Haven’t Tried—That Could Change Everything
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    The Bandha Approach You Haven’t Tried—That Could Change Everything

    This gentle way of accessing the six bandhas (energetic locks) during your practice will help you experience more freedom in your body and bliss in your life. The goal of working with the bandhas is to learn to control—and seal—prana (life energy) within the central energy channel that yogis believe runs along your spine. As… More

  • How the Teres Major Can Make or Break Healthy Shoulders in Inversions
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    How the Teres Major Can Make or Break Healthy Shoulders in Inversions

    Start to understand, lengthen, and strengthen your teres major—a little-known muscle that can be the key to protecting your shoulders when you go upside down. In every inversion, from Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog Pose) to Salamba Sirsasana (Supported Headstand), you are basically asking your arms and shoulders to act like legs. But there’s a… More

  • Challenge Pose: Visvamitrasana
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    Challenge Pose: Visvamitrasana

    Strengthen your shoulders and back as you move step by step into Visvamitrasana. PREVIOUS STEP IN YOGAPEDIA 3 Ways to Prep for VisvamitrasanaSEE ALL ENTRIES IN YOGAPEDIA Visvamitra The SageVisva = everyone · mitra = friend · asana = pose Benefits Strengthens your hands, wrists, shoulders, lats, hamstrings, and quadriceps; stimulates the intestines and encourages digestion. Stay… More

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