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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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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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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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