tittibhasna B

Tittibha – Firefly, Asana – Pose; Pronounced as – tit-THI-BHA-ah-sana The Firefly Pose is one that requires exceptional strength in the upper body and flexibility in the hamstrings. But these two qualities can be gained only with practice. Therefore, you need to master the pose slowly. This difficult arm balance mimics a firefly in flight….

Baddha Padmasana

Baddha padmasana is a challenging and advanced variation of padmasana (lotus pose) that opens the heart, increases vitality and energy, and offers a number of other benefits to the body and mind. The name is derived from the Sanskrit, bandha, meaning “binding” or “bound”; padma, meaning “lotus”; and asana, meaning “pose.” To perform this asana, the practitioner begins in lotus pose. The hands are…

Supta Kurmasana

Supta kurmasana is an advanced yoga pose requiring great flexibility in the hips, knees and ankles. The name comes from the Sanskrit supta, meaning “sleeping,” kurma, meaning “turtle” or “tortoise,” andasana, meaning “pose” or “posture.” Begin by sitting on the floor with the knees bent. One leg is lifted and the same elbow reaches through. Then the lifted leg is hoisted…

muktha hastha sirsasana

Mukta hasta sirsasana is a variation of the traditional headstand (sirsasana). It is an inversion that displays strength, control and beauty. Headstands are often considered the “royalty” of asanas. In Sanskrit, mukta means “liberated,” hasta means “hand,” sirsa means “head” and asana means “pose.” To enter this asana, the yogi begins in dolphin pose (ardha pincha mayurasana). The crown of the head rests on…

tittibhasana

Tittibhasana is an arm balancing asana that demands strength and perseverance. The name comes from the Sanskrit tittibha, meaning “fly” or “insect,” and asana, meaning “pose.” To enter this asana, squat with the feet a little less than shoulder-width apart. Tilt the pelvis forward so the torso is between the legs. Lift the pelvis to knee height by straightening…

mukta hasta sirsasana B

Mukta hasta sirsasana is a building block to reaching the fullest expression of the inversion: an extended headstand (sirsasana)without the support of the hands and arms. It is recommended to master tripod headstand before moving on to practice full headstand. This supported inversion returns blood to the heart and brain, which refreshes the cardiovascular and…

Ardha Matsyendrasana

Ardha matsyendrasana has a wide range of health benefits. It stretches the spine and promotes spinal flexibility, tones the abdominal organs, improves digestion, and is very effective for easing back pain. This asana is recommended for menstrual disorders and urinary tract infections as well. The psychological benefits of ardha matsyendrasana include calming the mind, strengthening…

Chakorasana

This pose requires the legs and hamstrings to be flexible enough to place one foot behind the head and that the arms, core and shoulders are strong enough to lift and support the entire body off of the ground. On top of that, chakorasana also tones up the muscular and circulatory systems and gives the…

Karnapidasana

Karnapidasana is the name of an inversion asana that requires flexibility and balance. The name comes from the Sanskrit karna,meaning “ear,” pida, meaning “pressure,” and asana, meaning “pose” or “posture.” This asana is also sometimes called raja halasana (king plow pose) because it is a more advanced version of halasana. To enter this pose, begin by lying on the back. The legs are raised…

Urdhva Mukha Paschimottanasana

Urdhva mukha paschimottanasana is a more challenging variation ofpaschimottanasana (seated forward bend), which is part of the Ashtanga primary series and one of the basic postures of Hatha yoga. Traditionally, urdhva mukha paschimottanasana is believed to open thesvadisthana (spleen or sacral) chakra, which is associated with intimacy, enjoyment and creation. A healthy svadisthana chakra also ensures self-acceptance…

Marichyasana D

The sage, Marichi, is a mythological Hindu figure and the son of Brahma. He is said to be one of the seven seers, or wise lords, who heard Brahma’s words and translated them into Sanskrit. These words were the divine law of the universe, or dharma. Like many twists, Marichyasana D is said to be a…