Category Archives: YOGA GLOSSARY

Yoga Glossary: Parsvottanasana

PARSVOTTANASANA (Intense Side Stretch Pose)  Benefits of the pose: Parsvottanasana is a beautifully complex pose. A stretching pose (the hamstrings, hips and back) and a strengthener (the legs; hamstrings and quadriceps; hips and back). As a standing forward bend, we are not … Continue reading

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Yoga Glossary: Utkatasana

UTKATASANA (Awkward Chair Pose)  Benefits of the pose: Traditionally this pose is taught with the inner edges of the feet touching, however for this purpose we are going to suggest standing with your feet about hip-width apart. Makes for a more … Continue reading

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Yoga Glossary: Cat and Cow Pose

Benefits of the pose: Warms up spine. Introduces vinyasa: linking breath to movement, where breath initiates movement. Allows gravity to root arm bones into shoulder joints and thigh bones into hip joints. Begins to release tension in lower back, shoulders, … Continue reading

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Yoga Glossary: Baddha Konasana

BADDHA KONASANA (Bound Angle Pose) Benefits of the pose: Doing Baddha Konasana this way will help to strengthen the back and core muscles as well as the outer hips.  You may find you also get a stretch around the inner … Continue reading

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Yoga Glossary: Vrksasana

VRKSASANA (Tree Pose) Benefits of the pose: One of the first standing balances we learn. Cultivates steadiness, poise and grounding. Teaches us how to balance sturdiness/uprightness with flexibility and movement. Builds strength and confidence. Teaches us how to root down in … Continue reading

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