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Extended one-legged Pigeon: Animal Yoga Pose Series

UTTITHA EKA PADA KAPOTASANA (PREP) Level 1: Beginner Benefits: Stretches the piriformis and external hip rotator muscles in the bent leg (hip opener) Can reduce sciatic nerve pain by reducing compression/irritation by the piriformis Lengthens the IT band in the bent leg Gentle stretch of the psoas in the straight leg Activates core to level… Continue reading Extended one-legged Pigeon: Animal Yoga Pose Series

Staff pose outside arms up
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Staff Pose: Foundation Yoga Pose Series

DANDASANA Level 1: Beginner This pose may look simple, but anyone who has tried to hold it for a few breaths knows that it is a very active posture, and can get pretty challenging! With several benefits, whilst being very safe for most people, Dandasana is a worthwhile posture to include in your repertoire, and… Continue reading Staff Pose: Foundation Yoga Pose Series

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Legs up the Wall: Foundation Yoga Pose Series

VIPARITA KARANI VARIATION Level 1: Beginner This pose does exactly what it says on the tin: just get those legs up the wall and relax! This is a perfect posture for people who spend all day on their feet, and in stressful roles, and gives us the benefits of an inversion in a gentle and… Continue reading Legs up the Wall: Foundation Yoga Pose Series

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Reclining Bound Angle Pose: Foundation Yoga Pose Series

SUPTA BADDHA KONASANA Level 1: Beginner Benefits: Stretches the inner thighs Hip opener: improves range of external rotation of the hips Can incorporate a heart opening element (with bolster/blocks) Calming and restorative Can aid digestion by activating the parasympathetic 'rest and digest' mode Can be relieving for menstrual cramps and tension Contraindications/Cautions (consult your physician):… Continue reading Reclining Bound Angle Pose: Foundation Yoga Pose Series

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Lotus: Next Level Yoga Pose Series

PADMASANA Level 2-3: Intermediate-Advanced   Benefits: Stable and lengthening foundation for the spine whilst seated/meditating Opens the hips by improving external rotation Calms the mind/nervous system, is very grounding Contraindications/Cautions (consult your physician): Injury or inflammation of the ankles, knees, or pelvis. Do not practice this pose without an instructor present if you are a… Continue reading Lotus: Next Level Yoga Pose Series

Ustrasana hands on soles
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Camel: Animal Yoga Pose Series

USTRASANA Level 2: Intermediate From 'Ustra' meaning camel, and 'asana' meaning pose, camel is an intense posture with many benefits as listed below. Before you attempt it, bear in mind that the posture can result in a very deep backbend, and if you are a beginner I would not recommend experiencing the fuller expressions of… Continue reading Camel: Animal Yoga Pose Series

Bhujangasana from the side
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Cobra: Animal Yoga Pose Series

BHUJUNGASANA Level 1: Beginner Benefits: Strengthens the spine Lengthens the front body Heart-opener, stretches the shoulders and chest Relieves stress and fatigue Firms the buttocks and inner legs Can aid digestion by stimulating lower abdominal organs Some women find it beneficial for menstrual cramps Prepares the body for deeper backbends Contraindications/Cautions (consult your physician): Injuries/inflammation… Continue reading Cobra: Animal Yoga Pose Series