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Pose of the Week: Parighasana

Pose of the Week: Parighasana

The pose of the week is Parighasana. Parigha means a lock or latch for a gate. Asana means pose or posture. More info...

Pose of the Week: Parivrtta Paschimottanasana

Pose of the Week: Parivrtta Paschimottanasana

The Pose of the Week is Parivrtta Paschimottanasana. Parivrtta means turned around, revolved. Paschima literally means the west and refers to the back of the entire body. Uttana means an intense stretch. This is a version of Paschimottanasana where the torso is revolved. Asana means posture or pose. More info...

Pose of the Week: Hanumanasana

Pose of the Week: Hanumanasana

The Pose of Week is Hanumanasana. As you can see in the photo below the asana resembles the classical front splits, often performed in ballet and gymnastics. More info...

Pose of the Week: Paryankasana

Pose of the Week: Paryankasana

  This week’s pose is Paryankasana, Paryanka = bed, couch or sofa and Asana = Pose/Posture.  More info...

Pose of the Week: Namaskar

Pose of the Week: Namaskar

The Pose of the Week, this week, is not actually a pose, it is a mudra. It is Namaskar Mudra. A mudra is a hand gesture.  More info...

Pose of the Week: Parsvottanasana

Pose of the Week: Parsvottanasana

This week’s pose is Parsvottanasana. Parsva = side or flank. Uttana = (Ut = intense, and tan= to extend, stretch, lengthen) means an intense stretch, and Asana = Pose/Posture. ‘The name implies a pose in which the side of the chest is stretched intensely.’ Light on Yoga, p.54   It’s a standing pose that incorporates elements of a forward bend and inversion. More info...

Pose of the Week: Virabhadrasana One

Pose of the Week: Virabhadrasana One

Hi All,   This week’s pose is Virabhadrasana 1. Virabhadra = Warrior and Asana = Pose/Posture.   It’s a standing pose named after the warrior named Virabhadra. It is known as Warrior 1. More info...

Pose of the Week: Utthita Parsvakonasana

Pose of the Week: Utthita Parsvakonasana

This week’s pose is Utthita Parsvakonasana. Utthita = Extended, Parsva = side or flank, Kona = angle, and Asana = Pose/Posture. More info...

Pose of the Week: Savasana

Pose of the Week: Savasana

This week’s pose is Savasana. Sava = Corpse and Asana = Pose/Posture. But you knew that already, didn’t you?! It’s one of the first Sanskrit words that are embedded in your memory! More info...

Pose of the Week: Navasana

Pose of the Week: Navasana

This week’s pose is Navasana. Nava= Ship, boat or vessel, and Asana= pose/posture. There are 2 versions of this asana – Paripurna (full/complete) and Ardha (half). Today we are looking at the full version of Boat Pose. More info...

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