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Five Koshas or Sheaths of Yoga

We humans are like a lamp that has five lampshades over our light. Each of the lampshades is a different color and density. As the light shines through the lampshades, it is progressively changed in color and nature. It is a bitter-sweet coloring. On the one hand, the shades provide the individualized beauty of each…

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Warrior 1

Virabhadrasana A This pose gets its name from the warrior Virabhadra who was created by Siva by tearing a lock from his matted hair. 1. From downward dog ( Adho Mukkha Svanasana ), turn the left heel in and bring the right foot forward between the hands. 2. Ground the outer edge of the back…

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Setu Bandhasana

Setu Bandhasana: Setu bandha means the construction of a bridge, the whole body forms and arch and is supported at one end by the crown of the head and at the other on the feet. 1. Lay flat on the back, legs together with the arms down by the side, palms facing down. 2. Bring…

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Simple Locust Pose

Simple Salabhasana: ( Locust Pose ) Salabha means a locust and is meant to represent a locust resting on the ground. 1. Lie on the floor at full length, resting on the forehead with the arms stretched back, palms facing the ceiling. 2. When beginning, the legs can be hip distance apart. 3. Exhale, lift…

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Pindasana

Pindasana: Pinda means an embryo or foetus, this posture resembles that of an embryo in the womb, hence the name. 1. Continuing to the next variation in the shoulderstand sequence, from Upward Facing Lotus ( Urdhva Padmasana ), the crossed lotus legs fold down at the hips towards the head. 2. Release the hands from…

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Upward Lotus in Shoulderstand

Urdhva Padmasana: Urdhva means facing or high and Padma is a lotus. 1. Continuing on from the previous blog, Karnapidasana ( Deaf Ear pose ), the legs return to the original shoulderstand form ( legs extending up ) as the arms again support the back. 2. Take the right leg into half lotus then cross…

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