Category Archives: Poses and Pranayama

Tree Pose or Vrksasana for Better Balance, Focus and Strength

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Tree pose is a classic standing yoga pose that helps improve your strength, balance and focus. It replicates the graceful, steady stance of a tree and helps you feel grounded and centered.  In Sanskrit, the ancient language of yoga it is known as Vrksasana (Vrak-sa-sana) or Vrkshasana (VRik-shah-SUN-aa). Vriksha (or vrksa) means tree, and asana […]

Full Yogic Breath: How to Practice and Reap Its 7 Benefits


Full yogic breathing is a simple deep breathing technique that offers so many benefits. Learn to practice it step by step along with a video. Full yogic breathing is a simple deep breathing pranayama with many profound benefits. It revitalizes the entire body with prana (the life force energy). It is sometimes known as three-part […]

Chair Pose or Utkatasana: Strengthen Your Legs and Willpower

Chair pose — or Utkatasana (OOT-kat-AAS-ana ) in Sanskrit — is a challenging leg-strengthening posture that builds intensity and heat in the body as it brings all parts of your body together into a cohesive and powerful whole. Utkatasana is a great pose to do after completing other standing postures, in preparation for seated and […]

Uttanasana: Standing Forward Bend For Strong Legs and Back


Standing Forward Bend — Uttanasana (OOT-un-AA-SUN-aa) — is an intense, standing pose that provides a deep stretch along the backside of the body while calming the mind. It can be adjusted to increase or decrease levels of intensity in the hamstrings. The pose gets its name from the Sanskrit words, Ut, meaning intensity, tan, meaning […]

Standing Backward Bend: Ardha Chakrasana For Strong Spine


Standing Backward Bend: Ardha Chakrasana For Strong Spine   Standing Backward Bend — Ardha Chakrasana (Ar-DAA-Chahk-RAA-SUN-aa) — is a deep backbend that gently opens the chest and increases flexibility in the spine. It can help to prepare the body and mind for deeper backbends and heart-opening postures like chakrasana (wheel pose). It gets its name […]

Do this Easy Angle Pose or Konasana to Strengthen Your Spine

Lean step-by-step instructions on how to do the Angle pose or Konasana. It strengthens your spine, relieves back pain and constipation. Try now.  Today we will learn two variations of sideways bending standing pose Angle pose – Angle pose 1 and 2. While the Seated bound angle, Reclined bound angle pose, Eight angle pose (Astavakrasana), […]

Practicing Kapalabhati Pranayama Properly

Hello my yoga friends: Today I would like to talk to you about Kapalabhati Pranayama to address a few questions that I have received.  Prana is the life force, the subtle energy that keeps you alive, just like the charge in a laptop battery keeps the laptop alive. Your battery, known as Kundilini, is located […]

Pratyahara + Shanmukhi Mudra

Pratyahara;  (Taking the senses inward) Pratyahara is the the 5th limb of 8 limbs of Ashtanga Yoga, which is explained in Patanjali Yoga Sutras. Lord Krishna also mentions Ashtanga Yoga in Bhagvad Gita but gives no explanation, and neither does Arjuna asks about it, suggesting that Ashtanga Yoga was well known and practiced then, over […]

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