Yoga Pose of the Day

Yoga Pose of the Day – Downward Dog (Adho Mukha Savan Asana)

Demonstration of Downard Dog - Adho Mukha Svanasana Yoga Pose by a lake

  Todays Yoga pose of the day is the popular ¬†and staple of any yoga practice, Downward Dog which is called Adho (down) Mukha (face) Svan (dog) Asana in Sanskrit. The downard dog as the name suggest draws inspiration from the stretching of dogs and cats. It is a challenging pose as there are lots of components to it and it has personally taken me quite a few years of practice to finally start getting some hang of the direction the pose finally aims to reach. And every now and then i learn new things in the pose (like the position of the balls of the feet, the direction of the heel,...

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Yoga Pose of the Day- Tada Asana or Samastithi (Mountain Pose)

Todays Yoga pose of the day is the most basic and starting pose of any yoga practice. Tada Asana or the Mountain Pose. Also called Sama Stithi. Tada means Mountain. And Sama means standing upright and Stithi means stillness. So in essence, this pose it standing uprgith and still like a Mountain. Hence the pose is called Mountain pose. As BKS Iyengar says in his book Light on Yoga, Tada Asana "is the basic standing pose" How to do this pose (based on instructions from BKS iyengar's book Light on Yoga) 1. Stand tall with the feet together. It is important that the feet (big toes and heels)...

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Yoga Pose of the Day – Trikon Asana (Triangle Pose)

Doing a Trikon Asana (Triangle Pose) overlooking the Himalayan Mountains near Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh

Todays Yoga pose of the day is Trikon Asana or Triangle Pose. One of the beginning level Standing poses, Trikon Asana is a great pose to get a sensation of a good stretch in your side body and a firm contraction in your legs. How to do this pose 1. Stand in Mountain pose. Then bring your hands in front of your chest 2. Jump 3-4 feet making sure your feet are in line and the big toes point forward and the outer edge of the heels are paralle and not at angle 3. Turn your left foot in and your right foot completely out (meaning 90% to the torso which faces forward). Make sure the front...

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Yoga Pose of the Day: Kak Asana (Crow Posture) and Bak Asana (Crane Pose)

Demonstrating of the Crow pose. Note the elbows are bent. The Knee is placed outside the arm and around the mid point. The toes are pointed back.

Today's Yoga pose of the day is Kak Asana or also known as Crow Posture. Why? Because while doing practice in my apartment (yes weekly Yoga@Apt session), Kim suggested we try out Kak Asana (have tried it for a brief moment earlier but this was a serious attempt. And then while trying to get the pose and make sure i dont tumble over (the cushion helps to remove the fear of cracking your neck) Kim snapped a pic. After 3-4 attempts i was able to get both the feet off the ground and balance for a few seconds. Rest assured, this will get your triceps really working - they were feeling deliciously...

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Yoga Pose of the Day: Head Stand (Shirsh Asana)

Siomara Demonstrating a Headstand. Feet pulled up. Spine straight. Crown of the head resting comfortably on the floor. Body weight supported by the fore arms. And a Wide smile

We kick off the daily Yoga Pose of the day series (much like the Quote of the Day for Yogis series that is so well put together by our YogaAnywhere Fellow, Kimberly), with the Head stand pose (also known as Shirsh Asana). Headstand is among the most immediately recognizable poses that one associates with yoga and one of the most important ones as well. Headstand is one of the key inversion poses. When correctly done and practiced, this pose can benefit one tremendously. The pose utilizes the gravitational force to channelize the blood to the heart and brain without the heart having to do any work. In...

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Yoga Pose of the Day: Powerful Chair or Hunkering Pose (Utkat Asana)

Getting into Utkat Asana, to fire up the legs before a Grueling Half Marathon in New York City. Photo : Sheril

Today Yoga pose of the day is Utkat Asana - which is variously described as the Chair pose, Hunkering pose or the Powerful pose. There are two variations of the pose described - the first one being the classical description dating to the ancient text Gheranda Samhita which lists Utakat Asana as one of the 32 importnat poses. This variation called the Hunkering Pose requires one to as described by James Hewitt, author of the "Complete Yoga Book" (it is indeed very comprehensive) to "stand upright, rise on the toes and then hunker down, sitting on the heels, which are raised." One should stay...

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