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 – Side Crow (Parsva Bakasana)

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Birds undoubtedly capture human fascination for their remarkable gift of flight. In hopes of feeling the freedom of flying for ourselves, our human race has gotten pretty inventive in different ways to toy with gravity. From skydiving to bungee jumping to hang gliding, there are a some blissful floating moments to be found, but they […]

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 – 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 […]

21 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 19 30-Minute Peak Pose Sequence Wheel Pose

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Today we are bringing you another 30 minute practice focusing on a certain pose: today is the wheel pose. If you’ve never heard of the wheel pose, don’t worry! Try your best! If you can’t do it on your first try, simply go back into bridge pose and relax for a moment. Keep trying this […]