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Vajrasana

Yoga Asana Series

Sitting on your heels

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Vajrasana is derived from word “Vajra”, which means the armour. The body becomes adamantine, strong and firm. The Vajrasana centres you at the navel (the Manipura Chakra) and makes you firm in your resolve. Vajrasana is a kneeling pose, and it takes its name from the Sanskrit word Vajra (वज्), which means diamond or thunderbolt.

It is a restful pose and can be used for meditation, breathing (Pranayama) exercises like Kapalabhati and Anulon Vilom, and it is said that in doing so, the body becomes as strong as a diamond.

Like all asana’s, there are many variations starting from the simple act of having one’s

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Vrksasana

Tree Pose – testing your balance

This is a challenge for most people. The faster ones mind is working, the more difficult it is to balance so this is good pose to start tweaking awareness and moving toward a quieter mind. But don’t let it shatter your confidence.

If you are just starting out, are older or very unfit. It is a good option to simply stand tall and rest one foot on top of the other. If balance is a challenge, keep one hand on the wall and bring your hands into prayer position as able. From here continue with the raised foot on the ankle and the knee opened out. Then as your grow more confident, move to

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Tadasana

Yoga Asana Series

The Mountain Pose

To understand the body and interpret asana, it helps to understand the relationship between the planes of the body so that when performing asana, the planes are respected and form the integrity of the body. As with all yoga poses, tadasana helps to balance the musculature of the body creating evenness and as importantly, balance that many people tend to lose.

Grounding and openness

Tadasana is the art of standing in balance on both feet while holding your body upright and open with softness and evenness of breath. This is an elemental position from which all standing yoga poses commence.

This pose is about establishing integrity and openness in the body as represented

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Matsyendrasana Series

Yoga Asana Series

Seated spinal twists

BKS Iyengar – matsyendrasana 1 Completing the pose by sitting on the inside of the ankle. The ankle bone presses up into the perineum.

The asana is named after the great yogi Matsyendranath. The name comes from the Sanskrit words ardha meaning “half”- matsya meaning “fish”- eendra meaning “king”, and asana (आसन ) meaning “posture” or “seat.”

The Matsyendrāsana twist series allows the spine to be twisted all the way from the base of the spine to the very top. This asana tones the spinal nerves and ligaments, and improves digestion.and also improve liver and pancreas health.

This asana usually appears as a seated spinal twist with many variations. One of the

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Virabhadrasana #2

Yoga Asana Series

A primary warrior pose

This is a good representative pose – youtube

This asana is often performed after uthitta trikonasana as its easier to do than virabhadrasana 1. In this asana the integrity of tadasana is transferred with the feet placed slightly more than 1 m apart.

In the beginning it takes some experimentation to get the correct foot placings and begin to work into the pose. From standing with the feet wide and parallel, the right toes turn out a full 90° and the left heel turns back some 10°.

As with trikonasana, the line through the centre of the forward foot follows back to the centre arch of the back foot.

When

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Asana Preparation # 1

Yoga Asana Series

Warming up for exercise – cat stretch

Getting your body warmed up and moving before stronger exercise is important and it’s not just heat. Consider that if you’ve come from another activity, just woken from sleep, been sitting at a computer or doing some other from physical labour. Your body will be imbalanced and the purpose of the warm up sequences is bring your body parts and systems onto the same ‘page’.

This is a good opportunity to become aware of your physicality and any areas where muscles may be tight or fatigued. Warm ups prepare the body and mind before doing a stronger exercise which may have the potential to injure.

One of the most

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Utthita Trikonasana

Yoga Asana Series

Triangle Pose; An Iconic Asana

This is often the second pose after Tadasana in many asana routines. Like all asana’s, you must remain comfortable to avoid over stretching and injury.

There are several purposes to this posture. The most obvious is to arrive at the physical geometry which helps to turn the musculature, improve metabolic functions and facilitate the free flow of energy throughout the body. There is a powerful stretch in the back of the leg which helps to facilitate greater flexibility and of course it also assists the art of balance.

To get into the pose one commences from standing Tadasana with the feet together and the body expanded. Then doing one’s best to

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Bending Backwards

Yoga Asana Series

Opening the spine in yoga

Some yoga asana practitioners consider back bends to be as challenging or even more challenging than inversions, especially as they highlight any structural weakness or existing trauma within the spine and cause pain.

The term ‘back bend’ is erroneous and highly misleading. What we are talking about is an extension and flexion because if you think about the shape of the spine, when it bends there is a compression on one side and an expansion on the other.

Within yoga asana, especially when doing back bends, the idea is to lengthen the spine is much as possible creating space between the vertebrae and expanding the inter-vertebral discs. Then throughout the

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Yoga Asana

Yoga Asana Series

The science of human physicality

Preparing and celebrating the body as a temple

Yoga asanas (Hatha Yoga) are the physical exercises or the physicality of Yoga and they are taught world wide for many purposes. For some it’s about health and fitness, for others it’s about health recovery and a greater sense of ease in body and mind.

While asana can be any exercise or body position performed consciously that has a positive purpose and supports life, asana is about experiencing the distinction that we are not our bodies and that in fact our bodies are complex technological mechanisms.

Through yoga practises including asana, one comes to view one’s body as a vehicle in which to

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Sirsanana

Yoga Asana Series

One of Yoga’s most challenging poses

You are looking to achieve the pose similar to this example which as far as head stands go, it’s a good demonstration, but the head needs to be forwards to reduce the neck arch

The yoga asana referred to as headstand is challenging and sometimes dangerous depending on the person’s level of strength and fitness.

To practice this, one must first be competent at holding a handstand for 30 seconds or more because when one is performing a headstand, the weight of the body is taken on the arms to avoid damaging one’s neck which happens far too often.

We are so often very competitive and that competitiveness often

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