Tag Archives: Yoga for Vata

Yoga Pose of the Month: Hanumanasana

hanumanasana In honor of this year’s Hanuman Jayanti (aka Hanuman’s birthday) on this full moon day of April 22nd, I felt it quite fitting to have this month’s Yoga pose be Hanumanasana, the very pose that is named after the lovable Monkey God.  Hanuman represents courage, strength and devotion which are the very qualities this posture offers to one that practices it on a regular basis.  Hanuman, as the son of Vayu (wind), was known for his giant leaps using his back leg to propel the jump, and the other leg stretched to the front to guide the way.  Hanumanasana or the front splits, is an advanced posture that needs to be practiced in a modified version, until the openness of the shoulders, hips, lower back and hamstrings come with ease.  This can be acquired with patience and consistent practice, along with utilizing other postures to open these areas of the body. Continue reading »

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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: 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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