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Everyday Yoga

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I am hit often with the feeling, if I can't practice for [set amount of time], then why even practice? Well because at this time in my life that time limit is not where I am. That is ok.

What if your practice is focusing on your breathing and how you stand? Stand in a really good Tadasana / mountain pose and feel the height that comes to your body as you do so. Or finish your day with a restorative pose, lay back for 2-10 minutes in Supta Virasana, Supta Baddha Konasana, Legs up the Wall, or Savasana - all without trying to fall asleep.
That can be a great
practice.

Why you ask? Because yoga is not about the bending or toning of the body. It is about uniting the mind and soul together. We use Asanas/ poses to work the body and tire it out so the body is ready to accept the will of the soul. The mind has been thinking so much about the poses that it is ready to relax and stay calm, and let the soul take over. It is this unity of mind, body, soul that we seek in yoga. There are di…

Supta Virasana

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Supta Virasana Reclined Hero's Pose

Above is the final pose, with no props. It aids digestion, rests the legs, stretches the abdominal organs and pelvic region. For athletes it relieves leg ache. Supta Virasana is a great pose for relaxing the body. It can help ease rheumatism, stomach ache, back pain, asthma, ulcers, heart burn, inflammation of nerves, and disorders of the ovaries.

The last benefit is why I am bringing up the pose today. My senior teacher, Carolyn Belko told me to make sure I am doing this pose before I practice each day, so I try to lay in it for about 5 minutes, but in a much gentler way, a way that I will demonstrate. You can get all the benefits of this pose using as many props as you need. It is not how close to perfect, or like Mr. Iyengar you get, it is doing the actions correctly that brings you the benefits. So take a moment grab some props and gain some relief for you body.


Props
You will need a chair that you can flip upside down, folding is best, either…

Setu bandha Sarvangasana on bricks

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Setu bandha Sarvangasana on Bricks

Whole body bridge pose on Bricks Restorative pose
Key Benefits
relieves backache and strengthens back muscles rejuvenates pelvic area curative in conditions of inferiority complex, unsteady mental condition in menopause and high blood pressure good for hot flashes How to get into Setu bandha Sarvangasana
Sit down,belt your top center top thigh and lie back. Bend your knees and have your feet flat on the floor. Near a wallTake the first brick place it at whichever level you are comfortable with and set it under your sacrum, just a little lower than your hips. Then straighten your legs, place them on the same height as the brick under your sacrum and touching a wall.Take the arms out to the sides and roll the shoulders under opening the chest.To exit take your feet off the wall brick and bend your knees. Lift your hips off the other brick and extend the spine towards the hamstrings as you come to the floor. Take the belt off and roll to the side to come up. Ke…

Halasana

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Halasana

Plow Pose Inverted pose






Key Benefits
headaches, fatigue, soothes brain and the nerves; relieves hot flashescurative in menstrual and urinary disorders, good for arthritis and stiffness of shoulders and the armssame effects as Sarvangasana cramps in hand are relievedgripping pain in stomach relievedgood for high blood pressureHow to get into Halasana
From Salamba Sarvangasana bring the feet down have all 10 toes touching the ground, roll the shoulders under  and clasp the hands and extend them away from the body. Stay in for a few minutes. To come out keep sides of neck even and reach through the toe mounds as you roll one vertebrae at a time down to support with straight legs towards head and lastly legs to the ground. Slide off support to with tips of shoulders touching the ground. Rest before rolling to the side before getting up.  Key Point
Roll the shoulder blades into the back and be on the tips of the shoulders,  as you clasp the hands and extend the hands away from the body …

Why to start

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So most people have been told by someone, "You should try yoga" Doctors, friends, maybe family has suggested it to you. But you are just at a hard NO.

 No I don't want to go inside a studio/ be around peopleNo, I don't want someone to see how tight I am, I can't touch the floor (A lot of yogis can't FYI) No it is too expensiveNo, I want to bother a teacher, I'll get a DVD, or a book and do it at home- I'll share my story about those laterNo it is uncomfortable staring at myself in a mirrorNo I am too injuredNo I will look silly in class, everyone will stare at me (everyone thinks that, so everyone keeps their eyes on themselves) Did I cover all the excuses? Right, then how to we move through them? Some people, and I am one of these type of people, say "I can do hard things" show up and jump right in. For me that is doable. But I have friends who have severe anxiety around other people. Going to a studio is terrifying for them, although yoga …

Supta Konasana

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Supta Konasana

Reclined angle pose Inversion pose




Key Benefits
tones the legs and help contract the abdominal organsbeneficial to those with kidney and uterus complaintschecks menstrual flow and white dischargeremoves pain and heaviness in uterus and corrects position of uterusHow to get into Supta Konasana
From feet on the floor straighten both legs and pull the trunk up.Take the feet to the left and right spreading the legs increasing the distance as far as you canTo return walk both the feet back to feet on the floorKey Point
Raise the chestLift the back and buttocks by scooping the back flesh up with the handsContinue to widen the legs apart as your ability increases; the feet should not drop to the sides, but remain heels to the ceiling. 
Modifications:
tones the legs and help contract the abdominal organs beneficial to those with kidney and uterus complaints checks menstrual flow and white discharge removes pain and heaviness in uterus and corrects position of uterus

Karnapidasana

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Karnapidasana

Ear Pressure Pose/ Deaf man pose Inverted pose



Key Benefits
rests trunk heart and legshelps circulation of blood round the waistlineremoves backache and flatulenceHow to get into Karnapidasana
From Salamba Sarvangasana bring the feet to the floor and bend the knees and lower them down to the floor either side of the face, next to the ears. The toes point away from the head; soles of the feet are up, big toes together. Arms either straight behind the body, supporting the back, as in Salamba Sarvangasana, or wrapped around the thing Exhale raise the knees up and be in bent legs feet on the floor. Key Point
Maintain the lift of the trunk and firmness of the spineMove the thighs towards the abdomen so they remain together
Modifications:
Add a brick under both knees to release pressure on the neckBring toes to a chair and rest toes on a chair.