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Chair Pose | Utkatasana

Chair Pose | Utkatasana

About the Pose utkata: awkward, mighty; asana: posture Chair Pose holds tremendous value when practiced at the Tapas Point because it heats things up quickly because of the large muscle groups in the legs and back that must work to keep the body from falling down. And we get all that work with minimal risk […]

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Downward Facing Dog | Adho Mukha Svanasana

Downward Facing Dog | Adho Mukha Svanasana

adho = down; mukha = face; svana = dog; asana = posture About the Pose What’s not to love about a well-aligned Downward Facing Dog pose? It can build strength in the shoulder flexors and the muscles that stabilize the scapulae in their end range of upward rotation. It can also increase range of motion […]

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Hands Up in Mountain Pose / Urdhva Hasta in Tadasana

Hands Up in Mountain Pose / Urdhva Hasta in Tadasana

    About the Pose urdhva = up; hasta = hand; tada = mountain; asana = posture Looking for a shortcut to balancing in Handstand? There isn’t one. But, this pose provides ample opportunity to identify and address the limitations in strength, openness, and skill that is required to do an optimally aligned Handstand. This […]

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Hero Pose | Virasana

UNDER CONSTRUCTION About the Pose vira = hero; asana = posture Hero Pose | Virasana is the blueprint pose for any of the seated asanas with similar positioning of the leg and foot. It is an excellent preparation for any more advanced asana that requires plantarflexion with toe abduction, like many backbends and inversions. It […]

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Mountain Pose | Tadasana

Mountain Pose | Tadasana

  About the Pose tada: mountain, mighty; asana: posture This is, anatomically speaking, the basic pose from which all other poses spring. That’s because it’s very close to anatomically neutral in all of the joints. The only areas that are not neutral are the forearms and the ankles. To find true neutral in all joints, […]

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Plank Pose | Phalakasana

Plank Pose | Phalakasana

UNDER CONSTRUCTION About the Pose phalaka = a board, plank, bench; asana = posture Developing the proprioception necessary to know whether the spine and hips are neutral is invaluable to aligning inversions safely enough that they can be held for a long time. This is where we start to teach that Four-Limbed Staff Pose | […]

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Staff Pose | Dandasana

Staff Pose | Dandasana

UNDER CONSTRUCTION About the Pose danda = staff, rod, stick; asana = posture If Mountain Pose sat down, but maintained all of its Mountain-ness, it would be Staff Pose. This is the blueprint pose for all seated postures. Every seated pose has hip flexion; and in Staff Pose, we have that hip flexion stripped down […]

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Table Pose | Prasthasana

Table Pose | Prasthasana

UNDER CONSTRUCTION About the Pose prastha = stable, spread, table-land on the top of a mountain; asana = posture This pose doesn’t get a fraction of the respect it deserves but let’s change that. This is where so much can be learned safely before adding weight and complexity. Let’s start with the wrists. Whether a […]

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