Practicing twists is a great way to rev-up circulation and flush out toxins, as well as increase flexibility of the spine. When performing a twist, we promote blood flow and massage the internal organs, promoting rejuvenation of the whole body.
Sitting all day causes the hip flexors to contract and become tight, making full hip extension difficult or painful. The result? One can develop chronic lower back pain, experience limited range of motion for key movements in the gym like squats and have difficulty fully activating the glutes.
Yoga is a journey, though, one that never ends. Once you can tackle one yoga pose, step up your game and try something new—something that keeps the challenges coming. Enter baby crane!
Sure, you know push-ups, but do you know Chaturanga Dandasana? This widely done yoga pose, also known as Four-Limbed Staff Pose, is yoga’s version of a traditional push-up. Unfortunately, there are many ways to foil this move, and I’ve seen it all!
According to yoga philosophy, warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana II) pose is named after a fierce warrior—an incarnation of Shiva—described as having a thousand heads, a thousand eyes and a thousand feet; wielding a thousand clubs and wearing a tiger's skin.
Boat pose, or Paripurna Navasana, is an excellent example of finding such a balance. In Sanskrit—the ancient Indian language of yoga— “paripurna” means entire, full, or complete; “nava” means boat and “asana” means pose. Despite the effort and many actions involved, finding stability in this posture can help calm and align your body, mind and emotions.
Try this: Stand on one foot while wrapping the other leg around the straight leg. Now do a full squat all the way to the ground. Difficult? Now do it in a room that’s 105F degrees and 40% humidity. Sound like fun?
Bikram yoga, or “hot yoga” seems to be all the rage lately— maybe it’s because turning up the heat on your yoga practice may offer additional benefits not found in a typical class.