Tree Pose

Tree Pose (Tadasana) The best thing you can do to prevent injury is to balance on one leg. Tree Pose builds awareness, control and stability. It’s also a foreshadowing of postures yet to come, such as Padmasana (lotus pose). Strengthens: Abdominal muscles Gluteal muscles Postural (back) muscles Stretches: Hip joints Lower back and spine Groins … Continue reading

What makes one posture more difficult than another?

It’s easiest for us to become aware of–and to control–the movement and positioning of our hands and feet. Generally speaking, awareness of the body and the ability to control the muscles diminishes as you move towards the center of your body. That means we build many of our postures from feet, to hips, to stomach…and … Continue reading

Slowly, gently…

Next is Tree Pose, Tadasana Please be careful with your knees! Strengthens: Abdomen Gluteal muscles Stretches: Knee and hip joints Lower back and spine Groin and inner thighs Benefits: Builds balance. Corrects bad posture. Relieves lower back pain. Good for circulatory problems, arthritis and rheumatism. Relieves flat feet. Helps with sciatica.  Tree pose is often … Continue reading

Exactly forehead, exactly knee

Next is Separate Leg Head to Knee posture. This posture may not be particularly glamorous (sweat dripping in your eyes and your nose) but it is a powerhouse. Don’t cheat yourself. Get your exactly forehead to touch your exactly knee. Strengthens: Abdomen Thighs Calves Stretches: Shoulders Stimulates: Thyroid / Parathyroid Pancreas Kidneys Endocrine system Digestive … Continue reading

80/20 Breathing? What’s that?

“You can learn to observe healthier breathing patterns while you are doing yoga postures; then you can carry the refined habits over into your daily life.” -Anatomy of Hatha Yoga For Half Moon and many of the back-bending postures, we use 80/20 breathing. Inhale 100 percent and hold the breath just for a moment. As … Continue reading