Woman practicing yoga upward facing wide leg forward bend, Urdhva Mukha Prasarita Padottanasana

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Ubhaya Padangusthasana, Double Toe Hold

Yoga Pose Primer: Ubhaya Padangusthasana (Double Toe Hold)

One of the physical benefits of practicing yoga asanas is the development of balance. This is something our four-legged friends don’t have to worry about. But as two-legged, upright-walking humans, balance is... Read more
Paschimottanasana, Seated Forward Bend

Yoga Pose Primer: Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)

Forward bends are my favorite yoga poses for containing energy. When I sequence a yoga practice or a class, forward bends always precede Savasana. The reason is this: Folding your body inward naturally calms... Read more
Palm tree pose, talasana

Yoga Pose Primer: Plant Strong Roots with Palm Tree Pose!

Daily practice is the cornerstone of anyone’s yoga journey. But it’s not always easy to find a block of time to practice. Sometimes we have to take what we can get. On those days when our schedules are wall to... Read more

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Supine Half Lotus Pose, supta ardha padmasana

Supta Ardha Padmasana (Supine Half Lotus Pose): A Lotus Pose for Everybody

In 2001, I co-taught a teacher training with Donna Farhi in Vancouver, BC. The 50 attendees were experienced yoga teachers and bodyworkers from all over the world. During the training, we questioned teaching... Read more
Parvrtta Ardha Padmasana, Revolved Half Lotus

Parvrtta Ardha Padmasana (Revolved Half Lotus): Lotus with a Twist

Padmasana (Lotus Pose) may be yoga asana’s most recognizable pose. This is a bit odd since many Westerners do not have hip joints that will perform the pose safely. Lotus Pose requires a whole lot of external... Read more
Dekasana, Airplane Pose

Yoga Pose Primer: Dekasana (Airplane Pose)

Right off, I’ll say that the chances that Dekasana (Airplane Pose) is one of yoga’s ancient staple poses are slim. Unless an ancient yogi sage predicted the invention of airplanes thousands of years ago, this... Read more
Parvrtta Anjaneyasana, Revolved High Lunge Pose

Yoga Pose Primer: Parvrtta Anjaneyasana (Revolved High Lunge Pose)

In almost every class I teach, when I ask what people in the class would like to focus on, twists are high on the list. Whether we twist while standing, sitting or lying down, spinal rotation often feels like... Read more
Parsva Balasana, Bird Dog Pose

Yoga Pose Primer: Parsva Balasana (Bird Dog Pose)

Chances are Parsva Balasana (Bird Dog Pose) does not have a 2,000-year history in the yoga tradition. More likely, the concept of a bird dog— a symbol of one of their favorite pastimes—may have come from the... Read more
Utthita Parsvakonasana, Extended Side Angle Pose

Yoga for Beginners: Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose) - Free Online Yoga Video

Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose) is a foundational pose of any well-rounded yoga practice that energizes, strengthens, and lengthens the body in some very noticeable ways. It combines the legs... Read more
Supta Matsyendrasana, supported spinal twist pose

Rest with a Twist: Melt Away Stress and Ease Back Pain with this Simple Restorative Pose

What does stress feel like? When you’re too busy, overwhelmed, and running yourself ragged, do you notice that your muscles feel tense? Do your shoulders shrug up towards your ears? Maybe the muscles in your... Read more