Camel pose or extending backwards

Ustrasana is a beginner level back extension which is not to be confused with simply bending backwards as the name often implies. The whole idea is to extend and lengthen one’s spine upwards so that it can freely flex without creating any compression or discomfort in the spine.

The ease of performing this asana comes with the softening or lengthening of one’s front thigh muscles. As you go into the posture, avoid pushing the pelvis forwards. Before attempting this exercise, please read the page on bending backwards.


Place the feet and knees hip width apart with toes under as in the right image Place the hands on the hips and

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Not for feint hearts

Caution, anyone who has heart problems risks over-straining the heart in this pose and should avoid it.

This asana is often referred to as the chair pose because it resembles the action of sitting. However utkatasana as well as working the legs, also works all the internal structures of the torso and pushes the heart to work more strongly. There are several levels to this exercise, the first is with the feet apart and parallel to each other, the knees bend and the hips drop back but unlike many descriptions, the idea is to hold the arms and torso as upright as possible.

As one sinks into the pose, one’s weight will ideally remain consistent as

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Partner Yoga

Moving from Doing together to Being together

Partner yoga has been termed AcroYoga. There are many aspects and methodologies of which the most common is supporting and being supported in the performance of yoga asana. Yet it can also involve meditation and non-contact activities. But all aspects of acroyoga involve body to body and mind to mind communication at a subtle level beyond everyday consciousness.

By practising asana together as for instance in this right image, one develops trust and confidence in one’s partner which in turn fosters a better relationship. Where partners are of similar stature and flexibility, the practice is generally more balanced but when one is more supple, more stronger or of a different stature, some of

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Yoga and Health

The technology of being human

The word Yoga means ‘the perfected state of universal oneness or spiritual completion’ but it’s also used to describe the activities, the exercises leading to that state.

Beginning with the physical, the first aspect of yoga is asana comprising all the physical exercises. These exercises condition the body creating freedom of movement, improved muscle tone and overall balance within one’s physical structure.

Yoga asana are designed to exercise every muscle in the body so that the muscles are contracted, twisted, squeezed and relaxed to push out toxins and then the muscles are relaxed. By twisting the torso, the internal organs are also gently affected so that the circulation of energy and fluids throughout the body

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Virabhadrasana 1

Yoga Asana Series

Developing structural foundation

Virabhadra 1 is the first of a set of three of asana’s referred to as warrior poses. These foundational poses help to develop strength, tenacity, balance, alignment and balance core energy.

In simple terms this pose is a powerful lunge which strengthens the shoulders, arms, thighs, ankles and the muscles of the back; expands the chest, lungs and shoulders; tones the hip flexors, abdomen, and ankles; develops stamina and endurance in thighs and core muscles; stimulates abdominal organs and digestion; improves balance and concentration.

This image right is a good representation of the pose performed by a novice and in practise, it is regarded as an intermediate asana and not performed until one

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Asana and Movement

Activating connections for safety and dynamic freedom of movement

t.krishnamacharya in Tadasana

The earth is the basis of our body and therefore all our movements must begin in relationship with the earth. We can begin to understand this connection through our feet when standing in tadasana.

In this pose, when we stand tall and open, the toes are soft and sensing. The sensations felt in the toes communicate with the brain as to the nature of the bodies balance and position in space. The weight balance in general is that about 80% will be on the heel and the other 20% will extend into the ball the foot while the toes remain soft.


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Balance in Yoga

Defining Balance and how to find it?

The Buddha famously spoke of the middle way, of avoiding extremes and in simple terms physical balance is a state of equipoise whereby one can remain upright without rigidity. In yoga we typically think about balance in terms of the physical, but there are also states of mental and spiritual balance that comes about through right practice and mindfulness which of itself is another practice.

We could say that life itself is an exercise in finding balance in every area of life. However within yoga it is acknowledged that balance in all aspects of life enhances self-awareness, self knowing and ease of existence. So strive to balance inside and out – masculine

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Krishna Pattabhi Jois

The father of Ashtanga Yoga

Krishna Pattabhi Jois was an Indian yoga teacher who founded the Ashtanga Yoga Research Institute, in Mysore, India.

A student of Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, Pattabhi Jois’ ashtanga yoga concept provides a high cardiovascular workout. There is a great deal of similarity between the teachings of BKS Iyengar and but Patabi Jois, every asana is clearly defined and perhaps the key difference is that Patabi Jois moves quickly from one pose to the next to get the inner body warmed up and this is not to be confused with hot yoga which is a dangerous practice.

For those people who think or find that yoga practice is far too passive, the dynamics of Ashtanga

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Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya

The father of modern hatha yoga

A modern exponent of Asana, Sri Tirumalai Krishnamacharya (November 18, 1888 – February 28, 1989) was an Indian yoga teacher, ayurvedic healer and scholar. Often referred to as “the father of modern yoga,” Krishnamacharya is widely regarded as one of the most influential yoga teachers of the 20th century and is credited with the revival of hatha yoga.

Krishnamacharya held degrees in all the six Vedic darśanas, or Indian philosophies. While under the patronage of the Maharaja of Mysore, Krishnaraja Wadiyar, Krishnamacharya traveled around India giving lectures and demonstrations to promote yoga, including such feats as stopping his heartbeat. He is widely considered as the architect of vinyasa, in the sense of combining breathing

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Super Brain Yoga

Yoga Asana Series

A tool to improve your life

Yoga as we know has been around for many thousands of years but it’s only in the past couple of years that this exercise has come to wider public notice. In fact this idea of super brain yoga is finding its place in classrooms, medical and rehabilitation centres all over the world. It is a practical application to help people with learning difficulties and for those who want to succeed in life.

We often think of our brain as being two hemispheres and that we either use more the left left or the right. What super brain yoga does is harmonise both sides of the brain so that they

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