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 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 – Scorpion in Forearm Stand (Vrischikasana)

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There seem to be a lot of black-and-white beliefs in life. While some of these beliefs might be true (as in “the world is round”) there are many things, like opinion, that are subject to perspective. To me, being willing to soften my personal perspective and make space for other people’s truths is a gift […]

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 […]

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 […]

Asana Addict Corner – Bent Knee Pike

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Some of you know this about me already, but I have to admit: I love standing on my hands so much that sometimes I even dream about it. Finding balance on my hands gives me an instant spark of excitement, passion and deep happiness. It also reminds me that humility, willingness and perseverance are as […]