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.

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.

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.

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.

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.