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

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.

Runner’s Lunge Yoga Pose, Stretch

  Begin in table position or downward dog. and lunge right foot forward with knee at a right angle above the ankle. Bring shoulders on the back and extend out through back foot.

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.

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.

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.