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                           The postures for this week are ones that heat you up; that invigorate you; that rejuvenate you.  The postures we will focus on are: chaturanga dandasana, nakrasana, bhujangasana 1, and urdhva mukha svanasana. Here is what Iyengar says about nakrasana in Light on Yoga: "This asana develops powerful wrists, throws off lethargy of the body and fatigue of the brain, REJUVENATES the ENTIRE BODY and makes one feel lively and vigorous." You may be thinking - Wow, that's incredible!  Everyone should do this posture!  And then Iyengar throws in a little disclaimer: "Since the movements bring great pressure on the wrists, it is recommended that they be tried gradually,...

Backbends are my favorite category of postures.  Progress with backbends for me has been fast because I have a naturally flexible spine, and this is probably the reason that I like them so much.  It is easy to like the things you are naturally good at. It is hard though, to like what doesn't come readily; what feels difficult and unnatural.  For many people backbends are difficult and it requires a lot of work to make any progress. I understand - I have postures like this too!  When progress in a category of postures is painstakingly slow it is hard not to hate them with a burning passion.  Sometimes it...

The postures this week lead up to vatayanasana or horse pose.  So, this week we will be "horsing around."  Of course I say this in jest - vatayanasana is no joke; it is very challenging. Last week we discussed how padangusthasana and padahastasana could be seen as preparatory poses for uttanasana.  The poses this week have a very similar relationship.   Urdhva prasarita ekapadasana, ardha baddha padmottanasana, and garudasana can all be seen as preparatory poses for horse pose - vatayanasana. Urdhva prasarita ekapadasana prepares the body for the deep one-legged forward fold necessary for the entrance into vatayanasana.  Ardha baddha padmottanasana prepares the body for the half lotus leg...

In week 5 we are entering some intense territory.  The postures this week are utkatasana, padangusthasana, padahastasana and uttanasana.  Utkatasana comes from the Sanskrit word utkata which means powerful, fierce, wild, furious, gigantic, intense.  Because of the placement of padangusthasana and padahastasana in Light on Yoga, I see these as preparatory postures for uttanasana.  Uttanasana comes from the Sanskrit word uttana which means intense stretch.Those of you that have studied even a little bit of Sanskrit will know that there are many possible interpretations or translations of the same word.  So, this is merely one interpretation of these yoga asana terms.  However, the intense quality of these postures is...

  Thursday was Independence Day.  A big buzz word surrounding this holiday is freedom.   Well it just so happens that the yoga postures for this week are all about gaining freedom. When practiced together, the postures this week create the same effect as one of my favorite warm-ups from Bikram yoga.  In this warm-up (called half moon series), you bend your body in all four directions: right, left, back, front (pictured above).  I always feel more balanced and centered after this warm-up and here is why:  in the side bends you stretch and lengthen the side of the body you are bending away from, in the back...

It is week 3 and we are getting into postures that are not for the faint of heart: virabhadrasana 3, ardha chandrasana, utthita hasta padangusthasana and parsvottanasana.  Here is what Iyengar says in Light on Yoga about standing poses: "Those who feel weak and are exhausted by the standing poses should only practise Utthita Trikonasana and Utthita Parsvakonasana, as these two asanas strengthen the body.  The other standing asanas should be done only by people who have built up their strength and whose bodies have become elastic." So, good news!  If the postures featured this week are part of your practice you are strong; you are elastic! These postures test...