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.

Seated Twist Yoga Pose, Abs Exercise, Benefits, Stretch

Ardha Matsydendrasana I Begin seated with legs extended. Bend left knee and place foot over the opposite leg. Bring opposite foot in toward buttocks. Cross right elbow to left knee and leverage back. Reverse. Benefits Stretches neck muscles. Tones the internal organs. Good for the spine and shoulders. Releases toxins. What it looks like A pretzel, a mixed–up professor, looking this way and that way.

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.

Pigeon Pose Yoga Benefits, Beginners, Knee Pain

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana prep Begin in table position. Bring one knee forward and extend back leg out, activate back leg. Extend up. Bow forward. Switch sides. Benefits Opens the hips. Stretches the legs. Opens the heart. What it looks like Someone crawling on the ground, a seal, a pigeon, ice skating.

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.

Seated Forward Bend Yoga Poses, Paschimottanasana, Benefits, Pregnancy, Contraindications

Paschimotanasana Sit on floor with legs extended. Activate legs and inner thighs. Bow forward and touch toes. Seated Forward Bend Seated Twist Benefits Tones the abdominal organs, kidneys and is good for the spine. Lengthens hamstrings. What it looks like A flower getting ready to bloom, a shy animal.  

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.

Forward Bend Yoga Pose for Back pain & Benefits, Posture

Uttanasana Feet fist–width apart, bending over at the hips and hands touching the floor. Make feet, ankles, knees and legs strong. Benefits Forward Bend Good for concentration, removing fatigue. Good for stomach, liver, kidneys and heart. Stretches the hamstrings. What it looks like A folding chair, a sleeping praying mantis.