Headstand (Sirsasana) is the king of the asanas. This posture has an amazing amount of benefits. It relieves stress, increases focus, increases blood flow to the brain, strengthens shoulders and arms, improves digestion and stimulates lymphatic system. To name just a few. But there is a downside to headstand as well. The pressure on the […]
I created a ‘little challenge’ for myself. Getting into Hanumanasana; full splits. My goal: being able to do this pose by Christmas this year (2017). Will you join me? Emotional benefits I don’t want to do this yoga pose because I physically want to accomplish something, rather because of all the emotional benefits it has. […]
Eka Pada Galavasana (Flying pigeon pose) is an advanced arm balance in yoga. It requires a deep hip opening, arm strength, core strength and strength in the hamstring, next to a sense of balance. This tutorial will tell you how to do Eka Pada Galavasana (Flying pigeon pose). Arm balances Eka Pada Galavasana and other […]
A question I got a lot lately is how to do Bakasana. This tutorial will guide you through this basic arm balance step-by-step. Bakasana – Crane pose and Kakasana – Crow pose are two of the most practiced arm balances in yoga. They form the foundation for all other arm balances. Bakasana and Kakasana look alike. […]
Plank pose – Uttihita Chaturanga Dandasana is one of those poses in yoga a lot of people have a love-hate-relationship with, because it’s one of the hardest poses. At the same time it’s one of the best poses to get your blood pumping through your body to warm you up for the poses to come. […]
Easy pose with side bend – parsva sukhasana is one of the nicest poses to start your day with and/or to start your evening practice with. It stretches out your whole upper side: gluteus medius, quadratus lumborum, internal obliques and the serratus anterior. These muscle can do with some extra stretches, because most of us […]
Elephant’s Trunk Pose – Eka Hasta Bhujasana is an easy looking, but tricky arm balance. It looks like a variation of Scale pose (Tolasana), but it actually requires a deep hip opener to curl the leg around the upper arm. It’s that ‘top leg’ that makes the pose look like the trunk of an Elephant. […]
Crane pose – Bakasana is the pose that probably ‘saved’ me for yoga. I’m far from flexible, so my first months on the yoga mat were hell. I had no clue about yoga and thought that doing the asanas (yoga poses) was doing yoga. With a bit of breathing on the side. Sport was for […]
One legged Side Plank pose – Vasisthasana is a great combination of strength, balance and flexibility. The modification, with the top leg resting on the bottom leg, looks very simple, but was for me in the beginning really hard. It made me notice how little power I had in my core. The modification is the first variation […]
Upward Facing Dog – Urdhva Mukha Svanasana was one of the poses I struggled with most, when I started doing yoga. It’s a back bend and back bends don’t come very natural to me. After almost two years of yoga I started practicing Ashtanga. I set sequence where the poses are linked together with half […]
Koundinyasana is a fun arm balance to include in your warming-up. You probably want to do some wrist warm-ups first and maybe you want to throw in a pigeon and a twist while waking up your body for yoga, but after that: you’re set to go and to try out Koundinyasana. In this sequence […]
Boat pose – paripurna navasana is responsible for a lot of yoga injuries. Sadly enough. Wrong alignment in this pose, will give you low back pain, because if you don’t already have the abdominal and iliopsoas strength, your low back muscles (quadratus lumborum) will try to keep you in balance, but this muscle is not […]
Marichyasana C – Marichi’s pose is a hard pose for me. I like to do it, but I’m not able to. Yet the more I practice, the more I progress. Twisting is a lot of technique how to get into it. In Marichyasana it’s important to extend your spine towards the ceiling. To be able to […]
Knee to chest pose – Supta Ardha Apanasana is an asana I always use when I’m struggling with low back pain. It’s a nice soft way to stretch out my low back.
Happy Baby pose – Ananda Balasana is probably one of the favorite poses of everybody. It’s an easy pose, giving you a gentle stretch on your adductors.
Low Lunge – Anjaneyasana is an easy way to open up your iliopsoas muscle. That muscles causes a lot of (low) back problems.
Bound Angle pose A – Baddha Konasana A is one of the best grounding postures for me. I think I’m a very grounded person, so I probably don’t need to do a lot of grounding work for my muladhara chakra, but this pose always feels like I’m good to myself. Baddha Konasana A is a […]
I like slow starts of my yoga practice. Easy Pose Twist – Parivrtta Sukhasana is for me an ideal way to ‘arrive on my mat’ and wake up my body; combining movement with breath.
The first time I saw a picture of Astavakrasana – Eight Angle Pose was – if I remember correctly – on the website of Sampoorna Yoga; the school where I later studied yoga and now teach on the 200 and 300 hours Yoga Teacher Training Course. Deepak Sharma, the founder of the school, was doing […]
Viparita Virabhadrasana – Reverse Warrior, also know as exalted, is one of the poses I never use to practice a few years ago. Now it’s one of my main poses. Now clue why it was never in my practice and in the sequences I made. I did it a few times, but it never got […]
Ardha Supta Virasana – half reclined hero is a asana I couldn’t do for a long time. Well, couldn’t do: there is no picture perfect in yoga so I could do something, but it didn’t look anything like Supta Virasana or even half reclined hero. My quadriceps and iliopsoas muscles wouldn’t give me any room. […]
Tolasana – scale is one of the first challenging power poses I mastered. It’s part of the Ashtanga primary series. This is the series I started with when I started teaching yoga. At the end of that series – when you’re pretty tired – Tolasana comes in. It’s the pose to get rid of the […]
Matsyasana – fish pose is one of the greatest healing postures for now-a-day problems. Strangely enough we are eating less and less food. Yes, I know: we (in the West) have tons of ‘food’ around us and we are all eating too much. But the funny thing is: Americans are one of the most obese […]
Salamba Sarvangasana – shoulder stand and Sirsasana- headstand are seen as the queen and king of the yoga asanas. At the same time it are the most dangerous ones. In Sirsasana there is a lot of weight on your neck. In Salamba Sarvangasana the weight should be on your shoulders, but if you do the […]
Dandasana – staff pose is a very basic yoga pose. At the same time, it is for a lot of people harder than it looks. Be honest: how hard is it to sit up straight? The answer is: hard. I know I was struggling with this pose big time in the beginning. My hamstrings were […]