Yoga Asana Articles

Extended Triangle Pose

By Gayatri A | August 19, 2014

  (Utthitha Trikonasana) Level: Easy Benefits: Increases flexibility in the legs, hips and spine. Increases mobility through the lower spine. Cautions: Knees and lower back, neck problems How To Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3 Step the legs wide just over a metre apart and raise the arms to shoulder height. In one movement turn …

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Seated Twist

By Gayatri A | August 19, 2014

  (Ardha Matsyendrasana) Level: Easy/Moderate Benefits: Stimulates the liver, kidneys and digestive organs. Stretches the shoulders, hips, and neck. Energizes the spine. Relieves menstrual discomfort, fatigue, sciatica and backache. Cautions: Back or spine injury. How To Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3 Sit on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you …

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Revolved Side Angle Pose

By Gayatri A | August 19, 2014

  (Parivrtta Parsvakonasana) Level: Easy/Moderate Benefits: Strengthens and stretches the legs, knees & ankles. Opens the groin, spine, chest, lungs & shoulders. Massages abdominal organs, improves digestion and aids elimination. Increases stamina & improves balance. Cautions: High or low blood pressure, Headache, neck or spinal problems. How To Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3 From …

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Revolved Lunge

By Gayatri A | August 19, 2014

  Level: Easy/Moderate Benefits: Stretches hips and shoulders, opens chest, relieves minor back pain, stimulates abdominal organs. Cautions: Pregnancy, serious back conditions. How To Fig. 1 Fig. 2 Fig. 3 With your right knee on the floor lunge your left foot forward between your hands. As you exhale sink your hips towards the floor.. Place …

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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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