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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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