TA – DA! TADASANA (MOUNTAIN POSE)

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Asana Addict Tadasana Mountain Pose In the treasure trove of a book that is Light on Yoga, the author, renowned yoga teacher B.K.S. Iyengar, writes this sentence regarding Tadasana, or Mountain Pose: “It is…essential to master the art of standing correctly.” The art…? Of standing correctly? I don’t know about you, but when I think […]

Asana Addict Corner – Half Couch Pose (Ardha Sayanasana)

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Couch pose. Ha. Those ancient yogis sure did have a sense of humor. Instead of naming whatever position most closely resembled a body comfortably sprawled out on squishy-soft pillows munching on popcorn “Couch pose,” they instead bestowed the “Couch” title to the pose where you balance upside-down on both elbows only. But embracing that little […]

Asana Addict – Tree Pose (Vrksasana)

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At first I was going to share with you that the sensation of my standing ankle burning after a looong balance sequence could quite possibly be my least favorite physical sensation in asana practice. Then my brain offered up, “What about abs though?! Whew!” True. Another thought chirped in its two cents, “And how about […]

Asana Addict – Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)

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I’ve yet to do it, but I often feel like I could spend an entire hour in Ragdoll, a variation of Uttanasana. Other than in the partner-based practice of AcroYoga, I have never found an experience in my asana practice that gifts me with as much sweet-deep-down-sigh-and-relax feeling as this pose. As I trust my […]

Asana Addict – Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana)

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Sifting through pictures to write this column, I scope out new asana to explore each month. As I came across this photo of me in a Half Moon pose variation, my first thought (aside from how much I dig my rainbow pants, hehe) was that I couldn’t write about Half Moon again; I already had […]

Asana Addict Corner – Apanasana (Knees to Chest, or Downward Flowing Energy Posture)

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Recently, I was struck rather forcefully with the Flu of the Century. It rendered me completely at the mercy of my bed and was the kind of bug that made putting my hair into a ponytail the big to-do of the day. In stark contrast to my usual days, even the thought of yoga made […]

Asana Addict Corner – One Legged Upward Facing Bow

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You know that fun feeling of sticking a candle into the frosting on a birthday cake? After the love, thought, and effort put into baking or buying the cake, the candle on top is like an extra dose of celebration. After the love and effort put into building your solid Urdvha Dhanurasana (Upward Facing Bow/Wheel) […]

Asana Addict Corner – Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana)

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My introduction to yoga came through local gym Precision Fitness. I took my first yoga class there the same week I had my first date with my husband, whom I met at that gym. (We also live next door to it… I’d say the gym was a star-crossed place!) Bala Vinyasa Yoga teacher Lynda Waterhouse […]

Not Just For Beginners: Viparita Karani (Legs-up-the-Wall Pose)

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Reset your mind and renew your spirit with this restorative posture. We all need survival strategies to help us maneuver through life’s difficult days with some measure of sanity and grace. When the world threatens to overwhelm us, we need a way to hold ourselves together until the stormy weather passes or perhaps simply a […]

Asana Addict Corner – Halfway Lift (Ardha Uttanasana)

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To me, Halfway Lift seems like the shy cousin in the family that doesn’t get talked to very much. It usually gets only an inhale’s worth of time spent with it, and then it’s on to Chaturanga. While it is mostly a transition pose, it is also an excellent hamstrings opener and postural-muscle strengthener. Ardha […]