Posts tagged with: Practices

YPFW :: Boat pose

Instead of just doing a text post for the Boat Pose, today I’d like to share a couple of videos with you instead. I can’t figure out how to imbed a video into this version of WordPress, (Hey CQ – maybe this is something we can work on for the next update?)

Here is what a picture of the boat pose looks like, but I encourage you to watch the videos to really get a sense of what the Boat Pose entails!

Navasana Yoga Posture – Boat Pose
Seated Yoga Poses – Yoga Boat Pose
Yoga Poses for Fibromyalgia – Yoga Boat Pose for Fibromyalgia Patients

If you want to read step by step guides on how to do the Boat Yoga Pose, check out the instructions here at Yoga.About.com page!

This pose is going to take me a long while to get back into, since my abdominal muscles were sliced into. I’m looking forward to strengthening them in the near future though!


YPFW :: Garland pose

While the Garland Pose (Malasana) looks a bit silly, it is a wonderful chance for your legs to rest during yoga sessions. It helps make your ankles supple, stretches your back, your lower legs and your neck muscles. When you think about it, the Garland Pose is actually just a simple squatting position that a lot of people worldwide use daily just to work!

To do the Garland Pose:
Squat with feet as close together as possible. (Keep heels on the floor; otherwise, support them on a folded mat.) Separate thighs slightly wider than torso. Exhaling, lean torso forward and fit it snugly between thighs.

Press elbows against inner knees, bringing palms together in Salutation Seal (Anjali Mudra), and resist knees into elbows. This will help lengthen front torso.

To go further, press inner thighs against sides of torso. Reach arms forward, then swing out to sides and notch shins into armpits. Press finger tips to floor, or reach around outside of ankles and clasp back heels.

Hold position for 30 seconds to 1 minute, inhale, straighten knees, and stand into Uttanasana.

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Yoga poses for women :: Child’s Pose

While I’m healing from herniagate*, I have realized that I really miss doing some basic yoga poses. There are ten yoga poses that have been “recommended” for women, and for the next few days, I’ll run through a few with my readers!

Child’s pose :: (bah-LAHS-anna) bala = child

Type of pose :: a resting pose. Stay anywhere from 30 seconds to a three minutes
Benefits :: stretches hips, thighs and ankles

How to do Child’s pose :: Kneel on floor. Touch big toes together and sit on heels, separate knees as wide as hips. Exhale and lay torso down between thighs.

Broaden sacrum across the back of pelvis and narrow hip points toward the navel, so they nestle down onto the inner thighs. Lengthen tailbone away from the back of the pelvis while lifting the base of skull away from the back of neck.

Two arm variations :: Either stretch the arms in front of you with the palms toward the floor or bring the arms back alongside the thighs with the palms facing upwards.

*See this post for more information on the beginning of herniagate!

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