Tag Archive | variations

#PowerPose 53 – Vṛkṣāsana

#PowerPose 53 – Vṛkṣāsana

On a walk the other day I was taken by the image of a tree that had lost most of its leaves.  They were puddled up around in a circle at the base of the tree.  It was a vibrant pile of bright yellow and earthy brown.  The exposed branches of the tree were expansive […]

#PowerPose 51 – Supta Vīrāsana

#PowerPose 51 – Supta Vīrāsana

This pose was my kryptonite.  There was a time, that if I heard a teacher queue this pose, my whole body would cringe.  I just didn’t like it.  It was a pose that didn’t fit naturally, I couldn’t muscle it (and shouldn’t muscle others either), and progress was extremely slow.  I’ve never had major knee […]

#PowerPose 47 – Supta Pādānguṣṭhāsana

#PowerPose 47 – Supta Pādānguṣṭhāsana

It’s officially Fall!  The swirling vata energy of the season might have you craving or even demanding a little grounding of your energy.  This is the perfect time to bring your practice low to the ground.  Reclined and seated poses allow us to feel stable and secure as we open and strengthen the body.  The […]

#PowerPose 46 – Vasiṣṭhāsana Variation

In every yoga pose, the whole body should be involved in one way or another.  Some parts of the body work providing strength and structure, others make way for movement and motion.  Think about all of this involvements as links in a chain.  A pose is only as “strong” as the weakest link.  In a […]

#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 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 31 – Upaviṣṭha Koṇāsana

#PowerPose 31 – Upaviṣṭha Koṇāsana

Quite often, yoga practice brings us to explore balance.  This can mean finding stability on one foot, two hands, or in an elaborate configuration.  But many times it’s the balancing of opposites; expansion and contraction, inhale and exhale, activity of the mind and surrender of thoughts.  This complex act is where we find the work.  […]