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Having trouble sleeping at night?

Most of us go through experiences periodically when we have trouble falling asleep when we go to bed. There are other times when you happen to wake up in the middle of the night, either due to a dream, some noise, or just because you have to go to the toilet, and then […]

Yoga Mudra (Yoga Seal)

In the Integral Yoga tradition, the style of yoga that I practice and teach, Yoga Mudra is practiced as the last asana in the asana segment of the full yoga routine. Through this asana one tries to reflect back on the experience and impact of the entire asana session just completed. The word […]

Parshvottanasana – Standing Side Stretch

Parshvottanasana (पार्श्वोत्तानासन) (standing side stretch) is a beginning to intermediate level pose which is great for the health of the legs as well as the spine. It provides an excellent stretch for the entire back side of the legs, hamstrings in particular.

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Hanumanasana

Hanumanasana (हनुमानासन) is named after Lord Hanumana, friend and a devoted servant of Lord Rama in the epic story Ramayana. For those who are not familiar with the story, here is a very brief recap :

At the time when Rama, his wife Sita, and brother Lakshamana were in exile as hermits in […]

Halasana (Plow Pose)

The word "hala" in Sanskrit means a ‘plow’ (also spelt ‘plough’), a basic implement in the old days used to till the soil. In its final position, it resembles a wooden plough which is pulled by one or two oxen or horses in the field. The mention of the name ‘plough’ brings back […]

Pashchimottanasana (Seated Forward Bend)

In the previous post, we learned about one of the seated forward bending poses, Head-to-Knee pose. In today’s post, we will talk about another seated pose – The Seated Forward Bend. Pashchimottanasana –पश्चिमोत्तानासन– is a compound word in Sanskrit consisting of pashchim + uttaana + asana. “Pashchim” means the direction “West” as well […]

Janu-Shirshasana (Head-to-Knee) Pose

Many of my students look for instructions on some of the basic yoga techniques that we practice in the class so they can practice these at home. In order to fulfill this need, I will be presenting here, as and when I find the time, some specific aspects of yoga – asana, pranayama, […]