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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

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

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Extended Child’s Pose: Foundation Yoga Pose Series

UTTITHA BALASANA Level 1: Beginner Benefits: Lengthens and stretches the spine, shoulders and arms. Relieves tension in the lumbosacral spine and pelvis. Gently stretches the groin, thighs, ankles and dorsal aspects of the feet. Helps to reduce stress and anxiety, can help to aid sleep. Promotes rest and relaxation- is restorative. Contraindications/Cautions (consult your physician):… Continue reading Extended Child’s Pose: Foundation Yoga Pose Series

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Lord of the Fishes: Animal Yoga Pose Series

ARDHA MATSYENDRASANA Level 1: Beginner ┬áBenefits: Expansion of the chest by releasing tension and stretching the intercostal muscles. Improves rotation in the hip joints and spine. Massages abdominal organs and promotes digestion/elimination. Contraindications/Cautions (consult your physician): Spinal/nerve issues- acute/chronic injuries, disc diseases, arthritis, sciatica IBS Hernias Women: AVOID if pregnant or menstruating Start from a… Continue reading Lord of the Fishes: Animal Yoga Pose Series