Yoga Pose of The Month

The journey is more important for self-awareness, self acceptance and self transformation than perfecting the pose. 


SEPTEMBER

Ardha Chandrasana or Half Moon Pose

  • ardha=half
  • chandra=glittering,shining,having the brilliancy or hue of light;"moon"

challenging body, balancing and mind

Benefits

  • Expands your chest and shoulders
  • Increases mobility in your hip joints
  • Lengthens neck mobility
  • Strengthens and tones the thigh, knee and calf muscles
  • Stretches groin and hamstrings
  • Improves digestion
  • Reduces anxiety, depression
  • Improves balance, coordination
  • Relieves stress

*Engage the standing leg strong, lengthen out through the lifted leg and extended arm , keeping the gaze down will assist  balance,  then shine open like a star !


OCTOBER

Standing Forward Fold: Uttanasana

'Ut"--intense   "Tan"--to stretch   "Asana"--pose

rejuvenation of the whole body

Benefits:

  • Stretches the hips, hamstrings & calves
  • Strengthens the thighs & knees
  • Keeps your spine strong & supple
  • Reduces stress, anxiety, depression & fatigue
  • Calms the mind & nourishes the nerves
  • Relieves tension in the spine, neck & back
  • Eases symptoms of asthma, headache, menopause & insomnia
  • Stimulates kidneys, liver & spleen
  • Improves digestion

*soften through the knees, being careful not to push too hard, bring about 80% of your weight forward onto the ball mounds of the toes, allow the head to drop, the spine to stretch,  release the neck , breathe & relax.


NOVEMBER 

Triangle Pose: Trikonasana                                        "tree-kone-ahsana"

Creating symmetry through the whole body

Benefits:

  • Stretches and strengthens the thighs, knees and ankles
  • Stretches the hips, groin, hamstrings, calves and spine.
  • Opens chest and shoulders 
  • Stimulates abdominal organs, thus improving digestion
  • Relieves back ache
  • Relieves stress
  • therapeutic for anxiety, flat feet, osteoporosis and sciatica

Improving overall balance and stability both physically and mentally.Increases body confidence and courage creating poise & grace.

 


DECEMBER 

Child's pose: Balasana  ("bah-LAHS-anna")

A resting pose that stretches: hips, thighs, ankles, legs. Releases tension from the mind, the back, shoulders and neck. Creates a balanced calm nervous system.

  • touch the big toes
  • rest the belly between the thighs
  • release the head to the floor
  • relax the jaw
  • breathe deeply 
  • allow the tension to release from the body & the mind.

 


January 

Upward- Facing Dog Pose "urdhvamukha shvanasana"

(OORD-vah MOO-kah shvon-AHS-anna)

Benefits

  • Improves Posture by stretching anterior spine & strengthening the posterior spine
  • Strengthens the spine, arms & wrists
  • Stretches chest, lungs, shoulders & abdomen
  • Increases lung capacity to relieve symptoms of asthma 
  • Stimulates abdominal organs 
  • helps relieve mild depression, fatigue, and sciatica

*TIP: keep a neutral alignment of the neck: Gaze straight ahead to avoid compression on the back of the neck and stiffening of the throat. Keep wrist joints under the shoulders to avoid low back pressure.


February

OPEN YOUR HEART in Camel Pose: Ustrasana (ooh-STRAHS-uh-nuh)

Benefits

  • Stretches the entire front of the body, ankles, thighs and groin, abdomen,chest and throat.
  • Stretches the deep hip flexors (psoas)
  • Strengthens back muscles
  • Improves posture
  • Improves digestion and elimination by expanding abdominal region
  • Strengthens thighs and arms
  • Improves spinal flexibility
  • Stimulates endocrine organs

"When you live with an open heart, unexpected joyful things are possible!"


MARCH

Take a stand~ROOT & RISE in Tree Pose "Vrksasana" (vrik-shahs-anna)

             

             

BENEFITS

  • Strengthens thighs, calves, ankles and spine
  • Stretches groins and inner thighs, chest and shoulders
  • Improves sense of balance
  • Relieves sciatica and reduces flat feet