Splits Yoga Pose, Benefits, Positions Splits

Hanumanasana Begin in runner’s lunge. Slowly walk front leg out in front, maintaining muscular energy. Benefits Tones leg muscles. Good for sciatica. Splits What it looks like A cheerleader, a monkey, a road runner, a ballerina.

Side Angle Pose Yoga, Parsvakonasana, Pregnancy, Benefits

Parsvakonasana Begin with legs wide apart on the mat. Turn left foot in 60 degrees, and extend right foot out straight. Bend right knee to about a 90 degree angle, bring arm and elbow either down to the right knee or down to the outside of the right ankle. Extend left arm up over head, pinky pointing down. Reverse. Benefits Side Angle Pose Builds stamina. Good for toning ankles, knees and thighs. Develops the chest and opens the shoulders. What it looks like Traveling up and down hills, going places, … Continue reading

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.

Handstands Yoga Pose for Beginners, Benefits

Kids love to do handstands! Emphasize that this is NOT a HEADSTAND. These poses give kids confidence to do something that they usually don’t do and the confidence to be in a situation where things may be turned upside down. Start with an L handstand. They won’t be able to be at an L, and their legs will be high on the wall. Over time their arms, tummies and legs will build up strength. For regular handstands, children usually can’t get themselves up. Big kids can kick up, or may need … Continue reading

Lion Pose Yoga Benefits, Exercise, Asana

Simhasana Reclining Hero Pose Start in child’s pose, balasana, with arms and hands extended. Then press forward and let face go wild. Squish it up. Roar like a lion! Lion Pose Benefits Good for the speech and stammers. Releases tension in the face, jaw and body. Revives expression. What it looks like A lion, an alien, monsters, giant squids, dragons, witches.