Baddha Konasana Yoga Pose of the Week!
Also Known As Bound Angle Pose
Pronounced(BAH-dah cone-AHS-anna)
How do you do it?
1. From Staff Pose, bend the knees bringing the soles of the feet together and letting the knees fall out to either side.
2. Keep the spine long.
3. Press the outer edges of the feet together strongly.
Benefits

Stimulates abdominal organs, ovaries and prostate gland, bladder, and kidneys
Stimulates the heart and improves general circulation
Stretches the inner thighs, groins, and knees
Helps relieve mild depression, anxiety, and fatigue
Soothes menstrual discomfort and sciatica
Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
Therapeutic for flat feet, high blood pressure, infertility, and asthma
Consistent practice of this pose until late into pregnancy is said to help ease childbirth.
Traditional texts say that Baddha Konasana destroys disease and gets rid of fatigue.

Baddha Konasana Yoga Pose of the Week!

Also Known As Bound Angle Pose

Pronounced(BAH-dah cone-AHS-anna)

How do you do it?

1. From Staff Pose, bend the knees bringing the soles of the feet together and letting the knees fall out to either side.

2. Keep the spine long.

3. Press the outer edges of the feet together strongly.

Benefits

  • Stimulates abdominal organs, ovaries and prostate gland, bladder, and kidneys
  • Stimulates the heart and improves general circulation
  • Stretches the inner thighs, groins, and knees
  • Helps relieve mild depression, anxiety, and fatigue
  • Soothes menstrual discomfort and sciatica
  • Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
  • Therapeutic for flat feet, high blood pressure, infertility, and asthma
  • Consistent practice of this pose until late into pregnancy is said to help ease childbirth.
  • Traditional texts say that Baddha Konasana destroys disease and gets rid of fatigue.
Have you got your Yoga in today?

Have you got your Yoga in today?

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“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

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“Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured.” ~ B.K.S. Iyengar

Ardha Matsyendrasana Yoga Pose of the Week!
also known as Seated Twist
Pronounced (ARE-dah MOT-see-en-DRAHS-anna)
 ardha = half  Matsyendra = king of the fish (matsya = fish indra = ruler), a legendary teacher of yoga
How do you do it?
1. Sit down with your legs out straight in front of you.
2. Place your right foot over your left knee.
3. Bend your left leg and lay it on the mat so that your left foot is next to your right thigh.
4. Press your right hand against the floor behind your back.
5. Press your left elbow against your right leg and twist to the right.
6. Inhale lengthen, sitting nice and tall.
7. Exhale deepen, see if you can twist a bit more while gazing over your right shoulder at the wall behind you.
7. Hold for 3-5 breaths then repeat on opposite side.
Benefits

Stimulates the liver and kidneys
Stretches the shoulders, hips, and neck
Energizes the spine
Relieves menstrual discomfort, fatigue, sciatica, and backache
Therapeutic for asthma and infertility
Traditional texts say that Ardha Matsyendrasana increases appetite, destroys most deadly diseases, and awakens kundalini.

Ardha Matsyendrasana Yoga Pose of the Week!

also known as Seated Twist

Pronounced (ARE-dah MOT-see-en-DRAHS-anna)


ardha = half
Matsyendra = king of the fish (matsya = fish
indra = ruler), a legendary teacher of yoga

How do you do it?

1. Sit down with your legs out straight in front of you.

2. Place your right foot over your left knee.

3. Bend your left leg and lay it on the mat so that your left foot is next to your right thigh.

4. Press your right hand against the floor behind your back.

5. Press your left elbow against your right leg and twist to the right.

6. Inhale lengthen, sitting nice and tall.

7. Exhale deepen, see if you can twist a bit more while gazing over your right shoulder at the wall behind you.

7. Hold for 3-5 breaths then repeat on opposite side.

Benefits

  • Stimulates the liver and kidneys
  • Stretches the shoulders, hips, and neck
  • Energizes the spine
  • Relieves menstrual discomfort, fatigue, sciatica, and backache
  • Therapeutic for asthma and infertility
  • Traditional texts say that Ardha Matsyendrasana increases appetite, destroys most deadly diseases, and awakens kundalini.



Parivrtta Anjaneyasana Yoga Pose of the Week! 
Also Known As Revolved Lunge
How do you do it?
1. From Downward Facing Dog, bring the left foot forward in between hands.
2. Inhale sweep arms up over your head
3. Check that all 10 toes are pointing forward, back heel is raised off floor.
4. Bend the left knee so the calf and thigh are at a right angle with the thigh parallel to the floor.
5. Exhale bring hands in prayer position in front of your heart.
6. Then place your right elbow on your left thigh while gazing over your left shoulder.
7. Press into your hands to help open your chest.
8. Take 3-5 breaths, then repeat on opposite side.
Benefits

Strengthens and stretches the legs, knees, and ankles
Stretches the groins, spine, chest and lungs, and shoulders
Stimulates abdominal organs
Increases stamina
Improves digestion and aids elimination
Improves balance

Parivrtta Anjaneyasana Yoga Pose of the Week!

Also Known As Revolved Lunge

How do you do it?

1. From Downward Facing Dog, bring the left foot forward in between hands.

2. Inhale sweep arms up over your head

3. Check that all 10 toes are pointing forward, back heel is raised off floor.

4. Bend the left knee so the calf and thigh are at a right angle with the thigh parallel to the floor.

5. Exhale bring hands in prayer position in front of your heart.

6. Then place your right elbow on your left thigh while gazing over your left shoulder.

7. Press into your hands to help open your chest.

8. Take 3-5 breaths, then repeat on opposite side.

Benefits

  • Strengthens and stretches the legs, knees, and ankles
  • Stretches the groins, spine, chest and lungs, and shoulders
  • Stimulates abdominal organs
  • Increases stamina
  • Improves digestion and aids elimination
  • Improves balance

Natarajasana Pose Yoga Pose of the Week! 
Also Known As King Dancer Pose
Prenounced  (not-ah-raj-AHS-anna)
What does it mean?
nata = actor, dancer, mimeraja = king
How do you do it?
1. From Tadasana shift your weight onto the right leg.
2. Bend the left knee and grasp the inside of the left foot with the left hand.
3. Start to bring the left foot and the right arm up toward the ceiling as you bring your torso forward.
4. Hold 5-10 breaths.
5. Repeat on the other side.
Beginners: Fix your gaze on something that doesn’t move so that you don’t lose the balance.
Advanced: Go for the full version of this pose.
Shift your grasp on the raised foot so that your arm is coming straight up toward the ceiling with a bend at the elbow coming back towards the foot. This requires coming into a deeper backbend.
Once you have the foot grasped with one hand, move the other arm into a parallel position and take ahold of the same raised foot.
Balance and deepen the backbend.
Benefits


Stretches the shoulders and chest
Stretches the thighs, groins, and abdomen
Strengthens the legs and ankles
Improves balance

Natarajasana Pose Yoga Pose of the Week!

Also Known As King Dancer Pose

Prenounced  (not-ah-raj-AHS-anna)


What does it mean?

nata = actor, dancer, mime

raja = king

How do you do it?

1. From Tadasana shift your weight onto the right leg.

2. Bend the left knee and grasp the inside of the left foot with the left hand.

3. Start to bring the left foot and the right arm up toward the ceiling as you bring your torso forward.

4. Hold 5-10 breaths.

5. Repeat on the other side.

Beginners: Fix your gaze on something that doesn’t move so that you don’t lose the balance.

Advanced: Go for the full version of this pose.

Shift your grasp on the raised foot so that your arm is coming straight up toward the ceiling with a bend at the elbow coming back towards the foot. This requires coming into a deeper backbend.

Once you have the foot grasped with one hand, move the other arm into a parallel position and take ahold of the same raised foot.

Balance and deepen the backbend.

Benefits

  • Stretches the shoulders and chest
  • Stretches the thighs, groins, and abdomen
  • Strengthens the legs and ankles
  • Improves balance
Have you done your yoga today?

Have you done your yoga today?

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Did you know Marilyn Monroe was a Yogi? She learned yoga from Indra Devi who was known as "The First Lady of Yoga". Here are pictures of Marilyn Monroe’s Photo shoot in 1948 with Life Magazine doing yoga poses up above which she used to stay fit and toned.

Urdhva Dhanurasana Advanced Variation

Urdhva Dhanurasana Advanced Variation


Urdhva Dhanurasana Yoga Pose of the Week! 
Also Known As Wheel
Prenounced  (OORD-vah don-your-AHS-anna)
What does it mean?
urdhva = upward dhanu = bow
How do you do it?
1. Start in savasana (lying on your back).
2. Bend your knees so that there parallel to the mat.
3. Bend the elbows and bring the palms of your hands underneath your shoulders with the fingertips pointing towards your feet.
4. Inhale as you do a push up lifting first head, chest, and hips off mat.
5. Try to keep arms and legs parallel to each other.
6. Envision your chest pressing against the wall behind you. Hold for 3-5 breaths.
7. Exhale as you gently release to come down, tuck the chin into the chest and lower down slowly.
8. Relax the back down on the mat and begin to sway the knees from side to side like windshield wipers.
Beginners: Try the pose at the wall. Take two blocks and place them leaning on the wall at 45 degree angles. Put each hand on a block.
Advanced: Lift one leg at a time straight up to the ceiling.
Benefits

Stretches the chest and lungs
Strengthens the arms and wrists, legs, buttocks, abdomen, and spine
Stimulates the thyroid and pituitary
Increases energy and counteracts depression
Therapeutic for asthma, back pain, infertility, and osteoporosis

Urdhva Dhanurasana Yoga Pose of the Week!

Also Known As Wheel

Prenounced  (OORD-vah don-your-AHS-anna)


What does it mean?

urdhva = upward
dhanu = bow

How do you do it?

1. Start in savasana (lying on your back).

2. Bend your knees so that there parallel to the mat.

3. Bend the elbows and bring the palms of your hands underneath your shoulders with the fingertips pointing towards your feet.

4. Inhale as you do a push up lifting first head, chest, and hips off mat.

5. Try to keep arms and legs parallel to each other.

6. Envision your chest pressing against the wall behind you. Hold for 3-5 breaths.

7. Exhale as you gently release to come down, tuck the chin into the chest and lower down slowly.

8. Relax the back down on the mat and begin to sway the knees from side to side like windshield wipers.

Beginners: Try the pose at the wall. Take two blocks and place them leaning on the wall at 45 degree angles. Put each hand on a block.

Advanced: Lift one leg at a time straight up to the ceiling.

Benefits

  • Stretches the chest and lungs
  • Strengthens the arms and wrists, legs, buttocks, abdomen, and spine
  • Stimulates the thyroid and pituitary
  • Increases energy and counteracts depression
  • Therapeutic for asthma, back pain, infertility, and osteoporosis