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Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) with Upper Body routine (video)

If you’ve attended a yoga class with me, you would have noted that Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) is an integral part of the routine that we practice. Typically, we practice three rounds of Surya Namaskar. In the first round, we go through the basic sequence which has the classic 12 movements. In the […]

Five Tibetan Rites (fountain of youth)


The book Five Tibetan Rites (The ancient secret of fountain of youth) was originally published by Peter Kelder in 1939. It contains a description of five exercises, now knows as the Five Tibetan Rites. Even though most of these exercises are the ones we do in our class in one […]

Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-limb Staff Pose)

Chaturanga Dandasana

Chaturanga Dandasana (Chaturanga for short) – चतुराङ्ग दण्डासन – (Four-limbed Staff Pose) is a level 1/level 2 pose, excellent for strengthening the arms, shoulders, toning the core muscles, stretching the ankles, thighs and the spine. The Sanskrit word Chaturanga is a composite of two words – chatur meaning four and anga […]

Vasishthasana (Side Plank Pose)


Vasishthasana (वसिष्ठासन) [Audio clip: view full post to listen] is an intermediate level pose and requires proper technique and adequate strength in the wrists, arms and shoulders, as well as the legs, to get into the final position. Some of the poses that will help you develop the necessary skills for […]

Strengthen your spine with Chakrasana (Wheel Pose)

Chakrasana (Wheel Pose)

Chakrasana – चक्रासन – (Wheel Pose), also known as the Urdhva Dhanurasana – ऊर्ध्व धनुरासन – (Upward Bow Pose), is a challenging pose which has tremendous benefits for the strength and suppleness of the spine. In the final position it looks like an inverted bow or a semi-circle – hence […]

Building Upper Body Strength

In this article, we will talk about a vinyasa (a flow in which movements are synchronized with breathing) that will help you develop a strong upper body. Regular practice of this routine will build strength in the wrists, arms, shoulders, spine and abdominal muscles. When you want to go beyond the basic yoga poses and […]