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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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Neck Stretch Sequence: Foundation Yoga Pose Series

NECK STRETCHES Level 1: Beginner Benefits: Eases tension in the neck and shoulders Can help with headaches Can gently improve range of motion in the neck over time Aids relaxation Connects movement to breath Contraindications/Cautions (consult your physician): Injuries/inflammation of the cervical spine, discs, vertebrae, including atlantoaxial joint If you find sitting on the floor… Continue reading Neck Stretch Sequence: 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 Puppy: Animal Yoga Pose Series

UTTANA SHISHOSANA Level 2: Intermediate Benefits: Lengthens and improves flexibility of the spine. Stretches the back, arm, and shoulder muscles, relieving tension. Heart-opening element relieves tension in the sternum. Soothing for the nervous system, calms the mind. Contraindications/Cautions (consult your physician): Spinal, back, or shoulder injuries. Knee injuries. Pregnancy- fine but widen the knees, and… Continue reading Extended Puppy: Animal Yoga Pose Series

Frog pose/mandukasana prone
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Frog: Animal Yoga Pose Series

MANDUKASANA Level 1-2: Beginner-Intermediate Benefits: Hip-opener, stretches the hips and inner thighs, as well as the ankles. Promotes focus and resilience. Can open the chest and front of the shoulders in the prone position. Alleviates menstrual cramps for some women. Promotes digestion/elimination. Contraindications/Cautions (consult your physician): Hip/knee/ankle injuries or inflammation. Lower back issues. Pregnancy- discuss… Continue reading Frog: Animal Yoga Pose Series