Wide Angle Pose Yoga, Seated, Standing, Upavistha Konasana

Upavistha Konasana Sitting on floor with legs straight in front, open legs to the side, toes pointing up if possible, and bow forward. Benefits Stretches the hamstrings and legs. What it looks like Wide Angle Pose A lazy princess, a doorway to another world.

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.

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

Rainbow Pose Yoga

Urdva Dhanurasana Rabbit Pose Place hands behind shoulders before pressing up into bridge pose. Come up onto head, draw shoulders on to back, curl under, then press up with hands into full pose. Benefits Good for rounded shoulders and back. Aids respiration. Improves energy. Opens heart. Strengthens arms, shoulders and wrists. Makes back flexible. What it looks like Rainbow Pose A wheel, a rainbow, a tunnel, a magic portal through an invisible door in the wall.

Head to Knee Pose Yoga Benefits, Stretching Pose, Forward Bend Pose Yoga, Janu Sirsasana

Janu Shirsasana Begin sitting and bring one bent knee in and extend other leg out. Draw in with the inner thighs and extend out through the feet. Extend forward and bring chest to thigh. Benefits Stretches and strengthens hamstrings. Tones kidneys and liver. Heart is at rest. What it looks like Branches, an arrow.

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.

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.