Lifting half way up is such a common move in daily movements but so many people are weak in the muscles it takes to safely stay in this position for more than a few seconds. In a lot of yoga classes this pose is only held for a few seconds still which isn’t strengthening anything. It’s always a great idea to hold this pose for 15 seconds or more at a time to build up every muscle it takes to nail this pose anytime you need it in life.
A salute to the sun, to the day, and to the adventure of being alive. Movement. Intentional movement that strengthens your entire body IF you know how to use it. This is the foundational base of movements and poses found in Vinyasa or Hatha yoga. This series of poses includes: Mountain, Upward Salute, Standing Forward Fold, Half Way Lift, High Plank, Low Plank, Cobra (or Upward Facing Dog), and Downward Facing Dog. Sun Salutation A is also commonly known as Surya Namaskar A.
Sun Salutation B, also known as Surya Namaskar B, is a foundational series of poses and movements in Vinyasa or Hatha yoga. This practice uses the poses Warrior I, Chair, and the rest of the poses used in Sun Saluation A. It’s another practice that is great for beginners with important poses every student of yoga should master.
Just a tad different, or perhaps a more defined and intentional version of a Sun Salutation A. It’s simple and even uses all the same poses as a Sun A, so if you know Sun A, you know Sun C. The poses in this basic yoga flow are designed to strengthen your ability to move through and hold yourself up in a variety of shapes and positions. Lower limbs, torso, upper limbs, and head all get a chance to activate and strengthen throughout this series of poses and movement. Sun Salutation C, also known as Surya Namaskar C, is an excellent practice to try if you are brand new to yoga.
Mountain Pose or Tadasana is where it all starts, standing up. Life as a human requires us to hold ourselves up. This pose is practice for the ever-so-important muscles used to stand on your own two legs. How you stand, whether intentional or accidental, can teach you a lot about the state your body is in and what it feels like to be inside your body, but only if you are listening.
Bending over, another movement from everyday life that a lot of people can only do for a few seconds at a time. To be a human, who stands and walks and sits you must have strong muscles to bend without injury. It seems simple to be strong enough in these muscles but it’s not uncommon to hear people say ” i threw out my back” bending over in one way or another. It’s great practice to get comfortable in this position in case you ever need to “empty out your head”, this is a great place to start. But probably the more important part of the practice is getting in and out of this pose. Standing Forward Fold is commonly known as Forward Fold, Standing Forward Bend, and Uttanasana.
Part of Sun Salutation B, Chair pose (or Utkatasana) is not commonly loved by all yoga practitioners and THAT says a lot about the difficulty as well as the importance of this foundational pose. Chair pose requires ankle flexibility, leg strength, spine strength, arm strength and breath to create and hold this pose. Try at your own risk and start on a wall if you need to 🙂
This is a how-to video going over the yoga pose Extended Side Angle also known as Utthita Parsvakonasana. This pose is great for improving stamina because it strengthens the entire body with a deep stretch to the groins and hamstrings, strengthening in the legs, knees, and ankles, while also stretching and toning the abdominal muscles.
This is a how-to video going over the yoga pose Triangle also known as Trikonasana. Triangle pose engages every part of the body, strengthens the core, opens the hips and shoulders and stretches the legs.
This is a how-to video going over the yoga poses Humble Warrior also known as Baddha Virabhadrasana and Reverse Warrior also known as Viparita Virabhadrasana. Humble Warrior stretches your chest, shoulders, arms, neck, belly and groins. Reverse Warrior strengthens and stretches the legs, groins, hips, sides of the torso and waist. Both poses put extra emphases on the Warrior poses strengthening your body in ways the Warriors by themselves cannot do.