Tag Archive | #PowerPose

#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 38 – Utthan Pristhāsana

#PowerPose 38 – Utthan Pristhāsana

One of my favorite things to witness as a yoga teacher is when students take the practice that you’ve outlined for them and make it their own.  They embody the practice and make it unique.  Sometimes you see this as finding their own pace, altering for their needs, or exploring variations.  Every once in a […]

#PowerPose 37 – Hanumanāsana

#PowerPose 37 – Hanumanāsana

When we think of the heart or the energy of the heart chakra, it’s easy to consider the love of romance.  But, that’s just a small fraction of the capacity of the heart.  The heart chakra symbol is adorned with twelve petals, each representing one of the qualities of the heart.  These qualities are joy, […]

#PowerPose 36 – Ūrdhva Dhanurāsana Dropback

#PowerPose 36 – Ūrdhva Dhanurāsana Dropback

When we practice the āsana of yoga we get to experience awkward, fun, interesting, and sometimes scary sensations.  We test the limits of our physical and emotional experience.  In this PowerPose, we plunge into the unknown with an open heart.  This can seem big, even daunting, but when we take a step back, when we […]

#PowerPose 35 – Ūrdhva Dhanurāsana

#PowerPose 35 – Ūrdhva Dhanurāsana

There are several yoga postures that bring me back to my childhood.  Ūrdhva Dhanurāsana or Upward Facing Bow is one of them.  Before a growth spurt and the busy life of middle school I was a dedicated gymnast.  I have vivid memories of front walk-overs, back handsprings, and other bendy tricks on the floor and […]

#PowerPose 34 – Pīncha Mayūrāsana Prep

#PowerPose 34 – Pīncha Mayūrāsana Prep

Which tribe do you claim?  The “tight shoulders” tribe or the “my shoulders are loosely attached” tribe?  Believe it or not, both tribes have their challenges, especially with this week’s PowerPose Pīncha Mayūrāsana Prep or Dolphin pose. I’m a card carrying member of the “tight shoulders” tribe.  Years of tension reside in my shoulders, making […]

#PowerPose 33 – Parivṛitta Anjanayāsana

#PowerPose 33 – Parivṛitta Anjanayāsana

Twists and turns are a part of life.  Just when you think you’ve got things figured out or you’ve found a wave to ride, circumstances change, directions change, and you must pick a new path or strategy.  Part of moving on when things change is the need to slough off, shed, to let go of […]