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Sibling Yoga

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I'm a tree standing tall
Your a tree upside down on the wall

We can both be dogs if I put my hands and feet on my mat
While you put your feet upon my back

Sister as airplanes soar stick out your arms and fly
No, I'd rather be superman zooming through the sky

Stand up, twist the body stay on one leg as an eagle,
look ahead, keep the head up and be calm and regal.

I turned into a candlestick to help light up your way,
Brother, when your with me I always see clear as day.

Can we be camels, and see the world from upside down?
It would be great be fun to have a camel to roam with around town.

Look, look the dogs are doing yoga, just like we were they are following us you see?
I'll stand straight and tall, now look, did they follow me?

Sit down on the floor sit really really long
Stick your legs out in front of you and sing your favorite song.

Time to sit thoughtfully,
bring both legs in and count quietly,
We close our eyes and meditate,
so the world flows peacefully,

Lastly lay…

Hormones have woken up!

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For the last almost 3 years now I have been fighting with my hormones. Since I had Michael they refused to come back to normal. I have been seeing a specialist, which about 5 people have told me to see her, and so far treatments were OK, but honestly not getting me results that I needed. We were pretty sure that my hormone issues were connected to my depression.

About 1.5 months ago we tried our last ditch effort. I had tried the creams, pills, oils, patch, and lozenges, nothing was working with my body. So now we were going to do the shot. I also wised up and decided to lean in and get in touch with Bobby Clennell, an Intermediate Senior II Iyengar Yoga teacher, meaning she has been trained by Mr. Iyengar and his children multiple times. She is a beautiful artist, and is the author of my daughter's favorite book, "Watch me do Yoga",  and she has studied the female body and how it works so intensely that I knew she would know what to do to help me.

I reached out to her, I…

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. 

Salamba Sarvangasana

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Salamba Sarvangasana 1

Supported Whole limbs pose Inverted pose pose



Key Benefits
Panacea for most common ailmentsBathes endocrine organs, ductless glands in blood- thyroid and parathyroid venous blood flows to heard wit h no strainHealthy blood circulates around neck and chest, suffering from breathlessness, palpitation, asthma, bronchitis, throat ailments get reliefNerves are soothed, headaches disappearEradicates common colds and nasal disturbancesHypertension, irritation, shortness of temple  nervous breakdown, insomnia are relievedBowels move freely constipation vanishes, system is freed of toxins one feels full of of energyRecommended for urinary disorder,uterine displacement, menstrual troubles, piles and herniaRelieve epilepsy, low vitality, anemiaFeel new vigorous and strength and be happy and confident, new lift will flow to himActivates abdominal organs, relieves suffering from stomach and intestinal ulcers, severe pains from abdomens and colitis How to get into Salamba Sarvanga…

Dandasana

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Dandasana

Staff Pose Seated pose



Key Benefits
stretches the leg muscles, massages abdominal organs and strengthens the waist musclestones the kidneys and trains one to sit straight with spine erectHow to get into Dandasana
Sit on blankets with your legs outstretched. Keep the legs and feet straight and together. Move the flesh out from under the sit bones and keep the sacrum moving into the body.   Straighten the torso and the arms next to the body as you bring the hands next to the sit bones. Press into the blankets  and look forward. Key Point
Press the top center thighs down as you lift the kneecaps into the thighs and stretch the outer knee ligaments. Roll the thighs together and extend from the inner groins out to the inner ankles as you press the toe mounds away from the body. Lengthen the torso towards the ceiling keeping it perpendicular to the ground and bring the shoulder blades together and spread the collarbones and lift the sternum.
Modifications:
Sit on blankets to keep the tailbo…

Salamba Sirsasana

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Salamba Sirsasana- best first done with a teacher

Supported Head stand Inverted pose
Key Benefits
seat of Brahman the soul, regular practice make s healthy pure blood flow through brain cells, rejuvenates them so that thinning power increases and thoughts become clearer tonic for people whose brains tire quickerproper blood supply for pituitary and pineal glandslungs gain power and resist climate  and stand up to work and relieves one from colds, coughs tonsillitis, halitosis, and palpitations, keeps body warmshow marked improvement in hemoglobin concentration on bloodHow to get into Salamba Sirsasana
Interlock the fingers and create a cup with your hands, creating a space between your fingers and your wrist. Place that 2-3 inches away from a wall.Keeping that straighten your legs as in Adho Mukha Svanasana and walk towards the wall moving the shoulder blades away from the ears. Once you have walked in as close as you can let the crown of your head touch the floor and the back of your hea…

Adho Mukha Svanasana- Hands at wall

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Adho Mukha Svanasana- Hands at wall

Downward facing dog- hands at wall Standing pose



Key Benefits
Removes fatigue and brings back lost energyGood for runners who get tired after a hard race, sprinters will develop speed and lightness in the legs. Relieves pain and stiffness in the heels and helps soften calcaneal spursStrengthens ankles and makes legs shapelyEradicate stiffness in region of should blades arthritis of shoulder joins is relievedAbdominal muscles are drawn towards spine and strengthenedDiaphragm is lifted heard rate is slowed downRejuvenates brain cells, and invigorates the brain by relieving fatigueGood for High Blood PressureHow to get into Adho Mukha Svanasana
Spread your thumb and index fingers wide and set them at the base of the wall and floor. Walk back about 4 feet and straighten your legs with your crown of the buttocks reaching for the ceiling. Relax your head. It should not touch the ground. Leave your heels in the air to maintain the height of the buttocks.  Key P…