Chair Pose Yoga, Benefits

CHAIR POSE Utakatasana Begin in mountain pose. Raise arms over head, bend knees and bring together and sit as if sitting in a chair. Benefits Strengthens ankles, calves, inner thighs, back. Stretches the shoulders. What it looks like A princess with a puffy dress, a chair, a lightening bolt.

Bow Pose Yoga Benefits, Postures, Precautions

Dhanurasana Begin lying face down. Bend knees. Bring shoulders on the back and grab ankles. Tuck the tailbone and arch up. Rock side to side for variation. Benefits Stretches the spine and keeps it flexible. Tones the abdominal organs What it looks like A bow, a circle, a bug, a ship.

Triangle Pose Yoga Benefits, Trikonasana

Trikonasana Spread legs wide on the mat, left foot turned in at 60 degrees and right foot pointing straight out. Inhale arms up to shoulder height. Bring muscular energy to the legs and arms, then extend trunk over to the right leg and bring the right hand toward the right shin, ankle or mat. Left arm extends straight up. Look at the fingertips. Switch sides. Benefits Strengthens leg muscles and ankles. Builds and opens the chest. What it looks like Traveling places, a triangle, a magic wand.

Warrior Pose 1 2 3 Yoga, Benefits

WARRIOR I Virabhadrasana I Spread legs wide. Turn left foot in 60 degrees and right foot out 90 degrees. Turn hips. Bend left knee to a 90 degree angle, extend arms up over head. Reverse sides. Benefits Opens up and strengthens shoulders, back and neck. Develops good breathing in the chest. Builds stamina, strengthens legs, ankles and knees. Stretches thighs. What it looks like Any major or minor character, proud warrior, victorious runner. WARRIOR II Virabhadrasana II   Spread legs wide. Turn left foot in 60 degrees and right foot … Continue reading

Upward Boat Pose, Posture, Benefits

Urdva Navasana Lying on stomach with both arms extended out front, arch back and lift off arms and legs from ground. Extend out through hands and feet. Benefits Good for the back. Tones the abdominal organs. What it looks like A magic carpet, a flying fish, a boat, Superman, Superwoman.

Cat Cow Yoga Pose, Benefits, Pregnancy

Beginning in table pose, inhale. Exhale and arch back up like a cat. Inhale again and drop down like a cow. Benefits Good for the spine. Develops the wrists and arms. What it looks like A cat, a cow, a moving vehicle, a bumpy road, a bicycle pump, waves.

Rabbit Pose Yoga Benefits, Hatha Yoga, Kids Pose, Sasangasana, Modifications

Begin in table position. Place hands on ankles, then arch the back and tuck head under. Place gentle weight on head. Benefits Stretches the back, arms and neck. What it looks like A rabbit, a butter ball, a bomb, a seed.

Lotus Pose Yoga For Beginners, Benefits, Padmasana, Muscles

Padmasana Seated, lift each foot and cross onto each thigh. Try both sides. Benefits Helps with relaxation and calms the mind. Opens the hips. What it looks like Lotus, any flower, a fairy, a meditating Genie.

Hero Pose Yoga for Ankle Pain, Knee Pain, Virasana, Benefits

Virasana and Supta Virasana Begin by kneeling. Bring legs and feet slightly out to the side of the leg, toes pointing straight back, then gently sit back as far as comfortable. Make ankles and toes active. Benefits Removes fatigue. Stretches quads and thighs. Relieves stomach problems. Calms the mind. Encourages deep Hero Pose breathing and a rested heart. Good for the knees. Opens the chest. What it looks like Somebody who is tired and wants to take a nap, a frog king, a smiling fish, a heart.

Frog Pose Yoga for Kids, Benefits

Bekasana Begin in table position. Spread knees out toward edges of mat and bring heels together. Bow forward onto stomach and elbows. Press feet into each other and extend out through the knees. Variation: Lower legs are perpendicular to upper legs and feet out. Benefits Abdominal organs are toned. Stretches the hips and thighs. What it looks like A frog, a diamond, a minnow, a swimmer under the deep sea.