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June 2015

plough

Plough Pose

Halasana: Hala means a plough, the shape of which this posture resembles. Its part of the Shoulderstand ( Savangasana ) sequence. 1. From the original form of shoulderstand ( see previous blog post ), lower the legs down over the head with the tops of the feet, toes pointing away. 2. Release the hands from…

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shoulder-stand

Shoulder Stand

Salamba Sarvangasana: Alamba means support, Sarvanga ( Sarva is all or whole and Anga is limb ) meaning the entire body or all limbs. The whole body benefits from the support of the pose. 1. Lay flat on your back with the legs actively together with the arms by the side with the palms facing…

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revolved-triangle

Revolved Triangle

Parivrtta Trikonasana: Parivrtta means revolved, Trikona is a triangle, hence the name ” Revolved Triangle” pose. 1. Starting with right foot forward, left leg back a good leg length. 2. Front foot is at 90 degrees, back foot about 60-70 degrees. 3. Placing the hands on the hips make sure the pelvis if facing square…

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corpse-pose

Corpse Pose

SAVASANA: Corpse Pose Sava means a corpse, with the object to keep the body and mind still. By remaining motionless for some time and keeping the mind still while you are fully conscious, you learn to relax. But its much harder to keep the mind than the body still. Therefore, this apparently easy posture is…

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om

Chanting of Om ( AUM )

Recently I was asked by a student ” why do we chant Om ” ( AUM ). By sound and form, AUM symbolizes the infinite reality and the entire universe. A stands for creation. U stands for preservation. M stands for destruction or dissolution. The three portions of AUM relate to the states of waking,…

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kitchari

Kitchari

Dr Vasant Lad – Ayurvedic Cooking for SELF-HEALING Kitchari, a seasoned mixture of rice and mung dal, is basic to the Ayurvedic ( Indian Medical System ) way of life. Basmati rice and mung dal both have the qualities of being sweet and cooling with a sweet after taste. Together they create a very well…

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revolved-triangle

Boat Pose

NAVASANA ( Boat Pose ) Nava is a boat, ship or vessel. 1. Begin sitting with two straight legs, hands beside the hips, spine erect. 2. As you near the end of the exhale, recline the trunk slightly back & lift the legs keeping the toes spread while energy extends out through the ball of…

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Siddhasana

Siddhasana

Siddha means a semi-divine being supposed to be of great purity and holiness ( still working on that 🙂 , and to possess supernatural faculties called Siddhis. Siddha means also an inspired sage or seer. The Siddhas say that among the Yamas ( moral codes of conduct ), the most important is not to harm…

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pranayama

Pranayama

Timing Breath Retention At Kaivalyadhama Hi, I am Paul Chambers studio owner and head teacher here at Yoga Benefits in Miami, Gold Coast, Australia, where we specialise in teaching the finer, detailed technique of Pranayama,( the 4th limb of Patanjalis Ashtanga Yoga )This incredibly powerful practice aids in healing & detoxifying while working towards the…

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triangle-pose

Triangle Pose

Utthita Trikonasana ( Triangle Pose ) 1. Start with the legs roughly 1 leg length apart with the feet parallel 2. Turn the back foot in about 15 degrees, front foot to 90 degrees 3. Activate the feet up the legs, drawing prana up into the torso to create length in the side waist (…

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