Tag Archives : Power Yoga

Ratha Saptami – World Sun Salutations Day


Every year on the day of Ratha Saptami, my students and I practice 108 Surya Namaskaras. We get up early in the morning and practice just when the Sun is about to rise. It is believed that the exposure to the early morning sun, especially on this day rejuvenates, energizes and purifies the mind and body. The preparations start about 3-4…

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Anandabalasana – Happy Baby pose


Ever seen a baby in a pose where it’s little hands are holding its toes and flashing a smile at you? If you notice, babies are in this pose almost all the time and they do it so easily! Babies love to be in this position and for them it comes very naturally and instinctively. Ananda – Happy, blissful Bala…

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Upavishta Konasana


My first experience doing Upavishta Konasana was an unforgettable one. It was in my dance class, my instructor demonstrated this pose and we looked on with our jaws dropped. We were totally inspired to get into the split. Although at that time, I wasn’t very flexible and was struggling to get at least half way there. It was intense! He…

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That’s how we ‘Plank’ – Santolanasana


Plank is a foundational pose. It teaches you to hold yourself together – like a sturdy wooden plank- giving you the power for complex asanas and the grace to glide with ease through transitions between asanas. Plank or Santolanasana helps in building abdominal strength. If you are a beginner, it is common to see yourself shaking in this practice 😉…

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Parshvakonasana – Extended side angle pose


Standing postures are grounding and help in centering. Parshvakonasana is one such standing pose which utilises most of the muscles in the body. Utthita – extended Parshva – side Kona – angle Asana – pose This pose is a regular in most classes. Be it Hatha, Vinyasa or Power Yoga classes, it is practised in the beginning of the class…

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Bend like a Bow – Dhanurasana


Dhanu = Bow Asana = Posture This asana resembles the shape of a ‘bow’ or ‘dhanush’ and therefore has been named after that. The legs and the torso represent the body of the bow and the arms, the string. It is a classical Hatha Yoga posture and is a strong backbend. It is a wonderful heart-opening asana that builds courage,…

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Ashtanga Namaskara


  ‘Ashtanga Namskara’ is also known as ‘eight-limbed salutation pose’ or in more simple terms, ‘kness – chest- chin’ pose. It is a part of Surya Namaskara and is the 6th pose in the cycle. ‘Ashta’, means ‘eight’. ‘Anga’, means ‘part’ or ‘limb’. ‘Namaskara’, means ‘salutation’. It is called “ashtanga’ because, in this pose, the body touches the ground in…

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Veerabhadrasana II – Warrior II


Whenever I practice Veerabhadrasana II, it’s not more than 30 seconds that my thighs start to tremor. Tremors are good, it is just weakness leaving your body. Such is the effect of this asana, strong and powerful. It is really a matter of will power as to how long you can hold this pose. Veerabhadrasana series is a staple in…

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Ustrasana – Camel pose


Ustrasana is also known as camel pose. A lot of asanas in Yoga are named after animals. Ustrasana is one such pose. In Sanskrit ‘ushtra‘ means ‘Camel’. This backbending posture makes our body resemble the hump of a camel. It can also resemble how a camel bends its knees and folds its legs beneath its body to sit. Most of the…

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Adho Mukha Shvanasana


Adho Mukha Shvanasana – Downward-Facing Dog Adho Mukha Shvanasana posture replicates a dog bending forward, hence the name downward facing dog pose. It is a standing pose and mild inversion that builds strength while stretching the whole body.  This asana can be practiced by beginners and advanced students alike and with all its benefits, one should include it as a…

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