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This week you must be willing to go outside your comfort zone.  Just look at the picture to your left and you'll know what I mean.  The postures this week are: garbha pindasana (pictured left), goraksasana, baddha padmasana, and yoga mudrasana.  They aren't the kind of postures you would use for meditation, and if we're being honest they are downright uncomfortable!   Your legs are bound in padmasana, and either your arms somehow squeeze through your legs or wrap around your back to grab toes on the opposite side OR you are standing on your knees! BUT, despite the obvious challenge these postures present, they are really fantastic - they...

Lions, fish and roosters don't sound quite as ferocious as lions, tigers and bears - BUT - these are definitely some ferocious postures!  The most ferocious of all is the one pictured on the left: kukkutasana or rooster pose.  Most of the time kukkutasana is translated as cock pose, but since cock and rooster are interchangeable I chose rooster - rooster can't possibly be misconstrued (in case you were wondering). It is easy to see why this pose is so ferocious. Your legs must be in lotus, and then you have to somehow squeeze your arms through the small space between your legs, rock forward, plant your hands and...

                      The postures for week 11 are: supta virasana, paryankasana, bhekasana and baddha konasana.  The list of benefits just from practicing these four postures is seemingly endless. Supta virasana stretches your abdominal organs and pelvic region and helps with leg aches. Paryankasana expands the dorsal region which results in expansion of the lungs, the neck muscles are stretched, and it helps the thyroids and parathyroids to function better.  In bhekasana the abdominal organs benefit from being compressed as they are pressed against the floor, and relieves pain in the knee joints due to rheumatism and gout. Baddha konasana helps with urinary disorders, increases the blood supply to the pelvis and...

                                                                                                                                                                                     Lolasana is one of those poses that makes me vulnerable.  I can do so many other postures that I feel "should be harder," but this posture always seems to evade me.  We all have postures like this - postures that make us vulnerable.  And, I think that's good. A posture that is challenging (or frustrating; or downright angering) is humbling; it brings you down to earth.  Because work on these kinds of postures is incredibly challenging emotionally and mentally as well as physically, these postures are character building.  It is not easy to see these "challenge postures" as a gift, but that is exactly what they are. When working...

Repeating shapes is the theme of this week.  We will focus on adho mukha svanasana, paripurna navasana, dandasana and ardha navasana.  In all four of these postures, the shape of the legs and torso is relatively the same.  To illustrate this point I flipped a picture of adho mukha svanasana and placed it next to paripurna navasana. The beautiful thing about recognizing and identifying repeated shapes within postures is that you can be more intentional with your practice.  You can use postures with a similar shape to train and inform each other. Adho mukha svanasana is most often seen with the head off the floor and in line with the...