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Marjarasana (Cat & Cow stretch) for a healthy back

Cat Pose

Back pain, especially pain in the lower back, is perhaps the most common reason why people join a yoga class. Many people notice stiffness in the back when they wake up in the morning. Most stretches in a typical yoga routine are geared toward making the spine more flexible, stronger […]

Veerabhadrasana (Warrior Pose 1)

Veerabhadrasana (वीरभद्रासन) [Audio clip: view full post to listen]or the Warrior Pose 1, along with its two siblings called Warrior 2 and Warrior 3, is one of the very commonly practiced asanas. This is a powerful and energizing pose, especially useful for strengthening the leg, hip and thigh muscles.

In my own practice […]

Reclining Twist to relieve back pain

Lower back pain is perhaps the single most commonly mentioned reason why people join yoga classes. There are several yoga poses that are recommended for taking care of lower back pain – for example, Marjarasana (cat & cow), Pawanamuktasana (wind-relieving pose), Balasana (child pose), all twisting poses etc. One of the poses that I […]

Pawana-muktasana (Wind Releasing Pose)

Pawana Muktasana

Pawana-muktasana (PMA) – पवनमुक्तासन – [Audio clip: view full post to listen] is a simple set of asanas, easy to practice, and yet has many far-reaching benefits. These asanas are great for eliminating excess gases from the digestive tract, strengthening the core muscles, massaging the internal organs and giving relief […]

Supta-Padangushthasana (Reclining hand-to-toe Pose)

Reclining hand-toe Pose

Supta Padangushthasana – सुप्त-पादाङ्गुष्ठासन – [Audio clip: view full post to listen] (Reclining hand-to-big toe Pose) is an excellent pose to stretch the hamstrings, hips, back of the knees, calf muscles, and ankles. It is also a great stretch for bringing relief for lower back pain.

I hope […]

Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose) with video

Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)

An excellent backward bending pose, Bhujangasana –भुजङ्गासन – [Audio clip: view full post to listen](Cobra Pose) is a beginner level asana which can either be done as part of the Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) routine or as an independent asana. It provides a great stretch for the whole back.

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Strengthen the back with Shalabhasana (Locust Pose)

Locust – desert

Shalabhasana (Locust Pose) – शलभासन – [Audio clip: view full post to listen] is a beginner level back-bending pose, which is normally practiced along with a couple of other back-bending poses like the Dhanurasana (Bow Pose) and Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose). Even though the basic version of the pose […]

21-day Yoga Immersion, July 20 – August 9

Virabhadrasana (Warrior2)

I am pleased to announce the next 21-day Yoga Immersion program. The past programs have been very well received by all the participants. For most of them, it has been truly a life-transforming experience. I invite you to join me on this exciting and deeply rewarding 21-day yoga journey. Here are […]

Twisting Head-to-knee pose and Pashchimottanasana

Janu-shirshasana (जानु-शीर्षासन) – [Audio clip: view full post to listen] is a composite of two Sanskrit words – Janu means the knee and Shirsha means the head or the forehead. So the literal translation of the pose is head-to-knee pose.

Twisting Janu-shirshasana is a variation on the traditional head-to-knee pose. In this […]

21-day Yoga Immersion, May 11-31

Virabhadrasana (Warrior2)

I am pleased to announce the next 21-day Yoga Immersion program. The past programs have been very well received by all the participants. For most of them, it has been truly a life-transforming experience. I invite you to join me on this exciting and deeply rewarding 21-day yoga journey. Here are […]