Malasana (Squat)

Malasana (Squat) (mah-LAH-sanna)  / tāḍa = “mountain” INSTRUCTIONS Step the feet slightly wider than hip distance apart, turning the toes slightly out. Go into a deep bend. Bring the hands to heart center (Anjali Mudra), pushing elbows into the knees. Try and keep the feet flat, and the spine long, head up towards [...]

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Utkatasana (Chair Pose)

Utkatasana (Chair Pose) (OOT-kah-TAH-sah-nah)  / utkata = “fierce” The word utkata (उत्कट) in Sanskrit means "wild, or furious, or fierce". This asana increases strength, balance and stability. Instructions for Chair Pose Stand at the front of your mat. Inner edges of your feet are together, toes and heels aligned. Lift the toes and spread them and [...]

By |2017-01-19T21:37:42+00:00October 13th, 2016|Postures|0 Comments

Uttanasana (Standing Forward Fold)

Uttanasana (Standing Forward Fold) (OOT-tan-AHS-anna) / ut = “intense” + tan = “to stretch or extend” EXHALE swan dive folding forward. Pivot at the hip joint making your spine long. Place your hands as close to your feet as you can in line with the toes, or just touch your ankles. Chin to shins if you [...]

By |2017-01-14T17:05:46+00:00October 10th, 2016|Postures, Sun Salutation|0 Comments

Urdhva Hastasana (Upward hands)

Urdhva Hastasana (Upward hands) (oord-vah hahs-TAHS-anna) / urdhva = “raised (or upward)” + hasta = “hand” INSTRUCTIONS INHALE roll your palms our raising the hands above the head, palms together. Lift the chest (heart) and arch the back a little (do not over-arch). Core is engaged. Neck is long. Look up…and gaze at the [...]

By |2017-01-14T17:05:47+00:00October 9th, 2016|Postures, Sun Salutation|0 Comments