Tag Archive | arm balance

#PowerPose 48 – Viśvāmitrāsana

#PowerPose 48 – Viśvāmitrāsana

“Put your oxygen mask on first.”  That’s what we always hear from the attendants just before a flight.  When you are sitting next to a young child or a loved one, you might have second thoughts.  But, this is a good lesson and reminder for all of us.  If someone needs our help, we need […]

#PowerPose 44 –  Eka Pāda Kouṇḍinyāsana #1

#PowerPose 44 – Eka Pāda Kouṇḍinyāsana #1

This week our focus is on Eka Pāda Kouṇḍinyāsana #1.  We worked on the second variation just a month ago.  For me, this variation is a bit more challenging, probably because of the big twist and the pull on the IT band.  It’s interesting to see the different perspective of yogis.  Poses that are more […]

#PowerPose 40 – Eka Pāda Kouṇḍinyāsana #2

#PowerPose 40 – Eka Pāda Kouṇḍinyāsana #2

Many of the pose names we learn are easy to remember as they are names of animals, object, or actions.  But, there are many poses that are named after sages, as this one is.  This week’s PowerPose is dedicated to the sage Kouṇḍinya. Kouṇḍinya was a wise teacher, who served in the court of King […]

#PowerPose 39 – Eka Pāda Bakāsana

#PowerPose 39 – Eka Pāda Bakāsana

A fundamental action in many arm balances is the employment of Uḍḍiyāna Bandha.  This energetic element starts as a muscular upward lift of the low belly.  It develops into the harnessing of Prāṇa or lifeforce in the body to create a flying up effect.  This is how a physical pose can transform from just an […]

#PowerPose 32 – Tittibhāsana

#PowerPose 32 – Tittibhāsana

Sometimes I feel like I shouldn’t have a favorite season.  Much like a mom with kids, you love them with an equal amount of fervor, but for different reasons.  I’ve been somewhat successful, but truth be told, I have my favorite.  (Season that is.) I love the crunch and vibrant colors of fall.  All things […]

#PowerPose 22 – Dwi Pāda Kouṇḍinyāsana

#PowerPose 22 – Dwi Pāda Kouṇḍinyāsana

With the nice weather comes a lot more outdoor activity.  The number of cyclists and runners on the roads and trails has dramatically increased in the last couple of weeks. This week’s Power Pose Dwi Pāda Kouṇḍinyāsana, provides a challenging counter-balance to this type of activity and will definitely make you aware of your lliotibial […]

#PowerPose Week 13 – Parsva Bakasana

#PowerPose Week 13 – Parsva Bakasana

The twisty flying pose of Side Crow or Parsva Bakasana is the power pose this week.  With all the New Year’s talk of letting go of the past, detoxifying, setting goals, and getting a strong start to 2015 it’s the perfect fit. If Bakasana or Crow Pose is in your practice, then you’re off to […]