Category Archives: Yoga and Ayurveda

Yoga Pose of the Month: Supported Supta Badhakonasana

SuptaBadhakonasana2Winter is a time of restoration, relaxation and hibernation and therefore our daily activities should reflect our environmental needs.  Supta badhakonasana (lit. reclined bound angle pose) is arguably one of my most favorite restorative asanas that I use on a regular basis.   The “supported” version uses pillows or bolsters behind the back to increase the restorative nature of this pose and promote comfort, healing and relaxation even further.  This posture is useful for grounding the energy and calming the mind (aka Vata), relieving any stress and constriction in the body.  It is a great pose for women to practice during menstruation as it removes obstructed or stagnant energy in the uterus, almost instantly alleviating pain and cramping.  Supta Badhakonasana also gives space to all of the organs in the solar plexus region and therefore is beneficial for increasing healthy digestion when practiced on a regular basis. Continue reading »

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Yoga Pose of the Month: Navasana

B68U9898As we embrace this New Year and take the time to find ways to improve ourselves, body and mind; we must invite practices that will build our confidence, strength and stability.  This is why I have chosen Navasana (aka boat pose) as the Yoga pose for this month.  Navasana is a well known posture for increasing our core strength, and this goes way beyond obtaining flat abs.  Our core is the foundation of our beings and if we are not solid and strong in this area, we may lack the proper stability and strength that we need to make the necessary decisions, actions and changes in our day to day life. Continue reading »

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Nadi Shodhana: Alternate Nostril Breathing for Balancing the Body and Mind

nadi shodhanaIn both Yoga and Ayurveda, Nadi Shodhana is quite possibly the most revered of all forms of Pranayama (breathing practices).  “Nadi” is a term to denote the subtle energetic channels of the body while “Shodhana” relates to a cleansing process.  Hence this most sattvic (balanced, peaceful) of Pranayama techniques is intended to purify our energetic channels, physical channels, our nervous system and the subtle body. Continue reading »

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Yoga Pose of the Month: Sarvangasana

iyengar_sarvangasana“It is no over-statement to say that if a person regularly practices Sarvangasana he will feel new vigour and strength, and will be happy and confident.  New life will flow into him, his mind will be at peace and he will feel the joy of life.” BKS Iyengar Continue reading »
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16 Detoxifying Yoga Poses to Complement your Cleanse

viparita virabhadrasanaA cleanse is a time of inward healing, making Yoga the perfect complement to any period of detoxification.  The main purposes of an Ayurvedic cleanse is to remove toxins from the system and to increase the digestive fire (Agni).  However, a cleanse is also a powerful time to detoxify the mind and balance the emotions as well.  Using the proper Yoga postures during a cleanse can be a great way to enhance the detoxification of both the physical body and the mind. 
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Yoga Pose of the Month: Parivrrta Parsvakonasana

parivrrta parsvokonasanaAs the cold continues to settle in for the month of October, let us continue to focus on creating an internal heat through some warming Yoga postures. With our bodies not quite used to the cold environment, our systems can grow stagnant and constricted creating poor circulation, poor digestion and constipation.  Utilizing warming twists such as Parivrrta Parsvakonasana, can help to prevent these obstructions and help ease you into the cooler months.  The twisting postures are also a great compliment to any cleanse or detox program, as they help to flush toxins from the GI tract and increase the digestive fire. Continue reading »

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Yoga Pose of the Month: Horse Stance

horse stanceFor this month of September, with Fall in the air, the Yoga focus of this month is the infamous Horse Stance.  This static pose is not only extremely grounding as we come into this disrupted season of Vata, but also strengthening and warming as well.  Performing this stance at the beginning of your practice will not only bring heat and flexibility to the body, but allow one to really find their foundation and center as they come into their practice. Continue reading »

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