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Category: Backward Bending

Know your asana: Matsyasana

Yoga Practice November 20, 2017

Matsyasana or “Fish pose” is a mild backbend and helps in relaxing the neck-shoulders post inversions.  It is said that, if you do Matsyasana in water, you can float like a fish. What is so special about Matsyasana? Matsyasana is said to be the “destroyer of all diseases.” It is a great therapeutic asana for …

Know your asana: HALASANA

Yoga Practice November 20, 2017

One of my favourite quotes is, “Bend so that you don’t break!” This applies to inversions and backbends. Halasana or the Plough pose is challenging, but at the same time it is rejuevenating. What is so special about Halasana? Halasana calms the mind, stimulates internal organs, activates the thyroid, stretches the shoulders and hamstrings. Besides, it …

Know your asana: Veerabhadrasana1

Yoga Practice November 7, 2017

Commonly called the warrior postures, Veerabhadrasana series is used for strength, flexibility and balance.  Veerabhadrasana 1 is brilliant asana to improve flexibility, strength and focus. What is so special about Veerabhadrasana 1? This is a widely practiced standing asana. Besides, increasing the lower back strength and flexibility, it also increases focus. A spiritual warrior bravely does battle …

Know your asana- USHTRASANA

Yoga Practice October 17, 2017

Ushtrasana or the camel pose is a backbend which also opens the heart centre.  Ushtrasana is like a camel travelling through the Sahara, requiring stamina, endurance, and a commitment to inner awareness. What is so special about Ushtrasana? This asana improves the blood circulation in the abdominal region. Thus, improves the digestion. Also, the pose strengthens the …

Know your asana: Chakrasana

Yoga Practice September 20, 2017

In the esoteric tradition of hatha yoga, Chakrasana creates a bridge between six chakras. Besides, helping the mind, body and breath, the wheel posture stimulates the energy flow in the entire body. Also, this posture is popular because of its’ benefits and its’ aesthetic appeal. What is so special about Chakrasana? It is an intense …

Know your asana – Sethu bandhasana

Yoga Practice September 13, 2017

Sethu bandhasana can be used to fire up or cool down your yoga practice. The bridge posture is great for the spine, thus the vertebrae is lengthened and strengthened. This asana can be used as a preparatory posture for Chakrasana. What is so special about Sethu bandhasana? This asana can be a restorative posture or a …

Know your asana: ARDH KAPOTASANA

Yoga Practice July 24, 2017

A classic Yoga Asana, which is camera friendly and multipurpose. In Sanskrit, Ardha means “half” and kapota means “pigeon”.  Ardh kapotasana is named after a great master, Kapota. His yogic accomplishments are documented in scriptures such as the Mahabharata and the Kalika Purana. What makes Ardh Kapotasana so special? The posture is widely practiced by …

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