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Pose of the Week: Paryankasana

Pose of the Week: Paryankasana

  This week’s pose is Paryankasana, Paryanka = bed, couch or sofa and Asana = Pose/Posture.  More info...

Pose of the Week: Namaskar

Pose of the Week: Namaskar

The Pose of the Week, this week, is not actually a pose, it is a mudra. It is Namaskar Mudra. A mudra is a hand gesture.  More info...

Pose of the Week: Parsvottanasana

Pose of the Week: Parsvottanasana

This week’s pose is Parsvottanasana. Parsva = side or flank. Uttana = (Ut = intense, and tan= to extend, stretch, lengthen) means an intense stretch, and Asana = Pose/Posture. ‘The name implies a pose in which the side of the chest is stretched intensely.’ Light on Yoga, p.54   It’s a standing pose that incorporates elements of a forward bend and inversion. More info...

Pose of the Week: Virabhadrasana One

Pose of the Week: Virabhadrasana One

Hi All,   This week’s pose is Virabhadrasana 1. Virabhadra = Warrior and Asana = Pose/Posture.   It’s a standing pose named after the warrior named Virabhadra. It is known as Warrior 1. More info...

Pose of the Week: Utthita Parsvakonasana

Pose of the Week: Utthita Parsvakonasana

This week’s pose is Utthita Parsvakonasana. Utthita = Extended, Parsva = side or flank, Kona = angle, and Asana = Pose/Posture. More info...

Pose of the Week: Savasana

Pose of the Week: Savasana

This week’s pose is Savasana. Sava = Corpse and Asana = Pose/Posture. But you knew that already, didn’t you?! It’s one of the first Sanskrit words that are embedded in your memory! More info...

Pose of the Week: Navasana

Pose of the Week: Navasana

This week’s pose is Navasana. Nava= Ship, boat or vessel, and Asana= pose/posture. There are 2 versions of this asana – Paripurna (full/complete) and Ardha (half). Today we are looking at the full version of Boat Pose. More info...

Pose of the Week: Marichyasana 3

Pose of the Week: Marichyasana 3

This week's pose is Marichyasana 3. It is a seated twist named after the Sage Marichi, the son of Brahma. Marichi is one of the seven lords of creation who sprang from the mind of Lord Brahma to help oversee the complicated construction porcess of the universe. He was an intuitive seer. Marichi literally means a ray of light either from the moon or the sun. Asana = pose/posture. More info...

Pose of the Week: Paschimottanasana

Pose of the Week: Paschimottanasana

This week’s pose is Paschimottanasana. Paschima= west, Asana= posture/pose. It also is called Brahmacharyasana. More info...

Pose of the Week: Dandasana

Pose of the Week: Dandasana

This week’s pose is Dandasana. Danda = Staff or stick, Asana = Posture/pose.   How can something so simple be SO challenging? Just sitting on the floor with your legs straight out in front of you, with a lifted spine. Easy…. ;-) More info...

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