Yoga Asana Articles

Sleeping Pigeon ( Eka Pada Rajakapotasana )

By Gayatri A | August 19, 2014

(Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) Level: Easy/Moderate Benefits: Sciatic and lower back pain, opens hips Cautions: Knee and hip problems, serious back problems How To Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Kneel in the cat position and bring your right knee to your right hand and your right foot towards the left hip. Sink your hips and lengthen and …

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Crescent Moon

By Gayatri A | August 19, 2014

(Anjaneyasana) Level: Easy/Moderate Benefits: Increases flexibility in spine, deeply opens lungs and chest, strengthens shoulders, spine and hips. Increases mobility in the thighs and hips. Cautions: High blood pressure, Back injury, ankle and knee problems. How To Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3 Start in a lunge position with the front knee over the ankle. …

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The Bridge Pose

By Gayatri A | August 19, 2014

(Setu Bandha Sarvangasana) Level: Easy Benefits: Strengthens lower back and thighs, tones buttocks, prepares body for deeper backbends. Cautions: Weak knees, neck injuries. How To Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3 Laying comfortably on your back, bend your knees, and bring your feet close to your buttocks. The knees and feet should be in line …

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Cobra

By Gayatri A | August 19, 2014

(Bhujangasana) Level: Easy Benefits: Increases flexibility in spine. Opens the lungs and chest. Tones the arms, shoulders and jaw line. Massages the internal organs. Good for menstrual problems. Cautions: Always move slowly and carefully Avoid if you have the following conditions: Pregnancy, Wrist problems, Severe back problems, Peptic ulcer, Hernia, Thyroid. How To Fig. 1 …

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The Pituitary Gland

The Pituitary Gland

By Gayatri A | August 19, 2014

The pituitary gland is a shaped like a bean and lies at the base of the skull behind the nose. This small gland relays messages from the hypothalamus to all the endocrine glands of the body therefore it is often called by medical science the master gland of the body. Messages from the hypothalamus coordinate …

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Core Support

Core Support

By Gayatri A | August 19, 2014

Core support is a term much used these days especially in the world of Pilates and Yoga. Basically it is the activation of certain muscles that stabilize our joints and hold our bodies upright and prevent injury. These stabilizer muscles lie close to the skeleton and their only job is to stabilize as opposed to …

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Yoga and the Skeletal System

By Gayatri A | August 19, 2014

Our skeletal system is a series of long and short bones connected to each other by joints. Our body depends on this skeletal framework for shape and movement, without it we would be like a jelly fish – soft and shapeless. The 206 bones which make up the human skeleton also have many other functions. …

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Yoga and Muscles

By Gayatri A | August 19, 2014

There are more than 640 muscles in our body and these make up more than half of our total weight. We can categorise our muscles as either voluntary or involuntary. As the name suggests we have very little power over the involuntary muscles, therefore it is the voluntary muscles which a yoga practice mostly addresses. …

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Yoga And Women's Health -- Menstrual Cramps

Yoga and Women’s Health – Menstrual Cramps

By Gayatri A | August 19, 2014

Cramps come in so many shapes and sizes and for some fortunate women, not at all. They can be sharp or dull, they can be experienced in the lower back or the lower abdomen. Some women may get migraines, nausea, extreme tiredness or bloating. Generally the symptoms last only a day or two and are …

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Yoga and Women’s Health – PMS (Pre Menstrual Syndrome)

By Gayatri A | August 19, 2014

What undeniable evidence of how our body influences our moods PMS is! During this time of the month if someone so much as looks at us the wrong way or says something not quite right we may feel hurt, angry or depressed whereas at any other time we wouldn’t even bat an eyelid at it. …

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