Asana of the Month: Balasana

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Balasana – child pose Sanskrit: Bala – child, asana – pose This asana mimics the position of the fetus in the womb. Balasana is a relaxing pose. In addition, it is practiced as a counter-pose to many other asanas within a sequence. Level: Beginner Duration: 1-3 minutes Repetition: none Stretches: hip, thighs, ankles Strengthens: back, […]

Asana of the Month: Eka Pada Pranamasana

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Eka Pada Pranamasana – One-legged prayer pose Sanskrit: Eka – one, Pada – foot, Pranama – salutation, Asana – pose Eka Pada Pranamasana strengthens the leg muscles and improves the balance – physically and mentally. Consciousness and focus are sharpened and the mind is quieted. The One-legged prayer pose increases self-confidence and willpower. Level: Beginner Duration: […]

Asana of the Month: Bhujangasana

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Bhujangasana – Cobra position Sanskrit: Bhujanga – Cobra, Asana – Pose Most people know Bhujangasana from the Sun Salutation, but as a single pose or in preparation for advanced backbends, this pose occupies a special position. The position resembles a cobra with its head raised. Level: Beginner Duration: 15-30 seconds Repetition: none Stretches: abdomen, ribcage, […]

How to master Sirsasana (Headstand)

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‘Sirsa’ is Sanskrit and means ‘head’. In yoga, Headstand is the ‘King of asanas’ because of the multiple benefits it brings to memory and concentration. It brings you great self confidence when you learn to balance upside down, however initially it should be practiced carefully under the guidance of a competent teacher. For many years […]