viparita karani half shoulder stand

Viparita Karani (Half Shoulder Stand)

Physical Benefits Viparita Karani (vip-par-ee-tah car-AHN-nee) is a restorative pose similar to Sarvangasana. It gives relaxation to the abdomen, legs and the lower back, especially after standing asanas. This encourages deep and smooth breathing....

pawanmuktasana wind relieving pose

Pawanmuktasana (Wind-Relieving Pose)

Physical Benefits Pawanmuktasana (pah-van-ah-mook-TAHS-uh-nuh) massages the intestines and abdominal organs and, as the name implies, helps to remove excess air from the digestive system, which improves digestion efficiency and relieves bloating, gas, and constipation....

Jathara Parivartanasana (Reclining Twist Pose)

Physical Benefits Jathara Parivartanasana (JUT-ah-are-uh par-ree-VAR-tuh-nuh-suh-nuh) tones the spinal column and removes stiffness of the spine and shoulders. It also helps stimulate the large intestines and elimination. Jathara Parivartanasana 1 (bent knees) is a...

Gomukhasana (Cow Face Pose)

Physical Benefits Gomukhasana (goh-moo-KHA-suh-nuh) removes stiffness and pain in the hip joints and lower extremities. The position of the arms stretch the shoulders, armpits, triceps and chest, therefore relieving stiff shoulders and neck, while...

Paschimottanasana (Sitting Forward Bend)

Physical Benefits Paschimottanasana (PASH-ee-moh-tan-AH-suh-nuh) is one of the best traditional forward bending poses. This pose strengthens the spinal muscles, nourishes the entire nervous system, increases lumbar spine elasticity, and relieves spinal compression and sciatica....

Janu Sirsasana (Head-To-Knee Pose)

Physical Benefits Janu Sirsasana (JAH-new shear-SHAH-suh-nuh) stretches the entire back of the body where all the major muscles are. This asana stretches the hamstring and gluteal muscles and is best done after standing asanas...

Dandasana (Staff Pose Or Base Pose)

Physical Benefits Dandasana (Dahn-DAH-uh-nuh) is the blueprint for all the seated postures. This asana gives the fundamental understanding of how evenly sit on both sit bones, which is essential in all seated postures as...

setubandha bridge pose

Setu Bandhasana (Bridge Pose)

Physical Benefits Setu Bandhasana (SET-too BAHN-dah-suh-nuh) realigns the spine, eliminates rounded shoulders and relieves backache. It strengthens the rhomboids, quadriceps and the hip flexors. It brings blood to the pineal, pituitary, thyroid and adrenal...

navasana boat pose

Navasana (Boat Pose)

Physical Benefits Navasana (nah-VAH-suh-nuh) is a balancing pose that strengthens the abdominal muscles, back and hip flexors and tones the digestive organs. It also gives strength and flexibility to the hip joints and legs....

ustrasana camel pose

Ustrasana (Camel Pose)

Physical Benefits Ustrasana (OO-strah-suh-nuh) tones and gives flexibility and strength to the sacral nerves and all the spinal muscles. It also helps in cases of spinal injury and stiff back. It also gives elasticity...

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