Yin Yoga Reclining Twist with Modifications

Yin Yoga Reclining Twist with Modifications

Today's video is the yin yoga posture "reclining spinal twist". There are many variations to this pose dependent of personal preference and mobility in the knees and back. This posture primarily helps to twist the spine and "massage" or squeeze the internal digestive organs, making it a great pose to work out any last bits of tension near the end of your practice.

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Yoga Posture Basics :: Savasana / Corpse Pose with modifications

Yoga Posture Basics :: Savasana / Corpse Pose with modifications

Savasana (corpse pose) is a resting pose that is usually used at the end of yoga practice. But you can use savasana at any point in your practice to integrate the movement and practices you've done. 

Savasana helps us to let go at the end of our practice. It helps to calm the mind and induces a sense of relaxation. You can also use savasana throughout your day as a way to "reset", process daily events, and reduce fatigue.

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Yin Yoga Half Butterfly and Yin Yoga Half Dragonfly with Modifications

Yin Yoga Half Butterfly  and Yin Yoga Half Dragonfly with Modifications

Half butterfly pose and half dragonfly are forward folds with one leg bent and the sole of the foot placed along the inner thigh of the opposite extended leg. The names of these poses are oftentimes used interchangeably so I included them together for today’s video.

Both of these forward folds help to open the back, hips, and inner leg which correlates with the Kidney, Liver, Gall Bladder and Urinary Bladder meridians. 

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Yin Yoga Shoelace Pose with modifications

Yin Yoga Shoelace Pose with modifications

Shoelace pose is used within the yin yoga system to externally rotate the hips, stretch the inner thighs and groin and, if you're folding forward, decompress the lower spine.

The primary meridians affected are the Liver, Gallbladder and Kidney channels. If you're folding forward the Urinary Bladder meridian will also be affected. 

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Yoga Posture Basics :: Childs Pose / Balasana with modifications

Yoga Posture Basics :: Childs Pose / Balasana with modifications

Child's pose, like all forward folds, is a very cooling and calming posture. It can calm the mind, relieve stress, stretch the spine, open the lower back and sacrum, and help to compress the lower digestive system. 

Childs pose targets the Spleen, Kidney and Urinary Bladder meridians as well as the Liver meridian if the knees are wide and the Stomach meridian if there is pressure on the thighs and low belly.

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Join me for 7 Days of Spring

Join me for 7 Days of Spring

Spring is a such a wonderful time for a fresh start! Just as the buds burst through the ground, and the trees start to open, so do we! 

As the season changes, it can be a powerful time reevaluate our habits. I've seen time and again how simple daily practices can transform health and increase wellbeing. And when you create regular habits you see the best results.

So I created 7 Days of Spring.

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Yoga Posture Basics : Reclined Bound Angle / Supported Butterfly Pose

Yoga Posture Basics : Reclined Bound Angle / Supported Butterfly Pose

This posture is a wonderful pose to integrate into your practice due to its restorative and restful effect on the body. Take your time to set it up, and enjoy!

Reclined bound angle posture (supported butterfly pose) helps to open the chest, lungs, heart, abdomen, and pelvis. Its one of the best postures we have for women during the menstrual cycle and helps to alleviate the effects of stress on the body.

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Teacher Interview : Jill Satterfield

Teacher Interview : Jill Satterfield

"How we work with what we see is how we develop" ~ Jill Satterfield Jill Satterfield is the founder of Vajra Yoga and Meditation. Over 35 years ago Jill turned to yoga and meditation because of chronic pain. She managed to heal herself completely and since then she has been teaching a combination of yoga and Buddhism. Jill has been one of my teachers....

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Teacher Interview :: Dr. Saraswati

Teacher Interview :: Dr. Saraswati

In today's interview I speak with Dr.Saraswati. In particular, Dr.Saraswati works primarily with women. We get into some interesting areas of discussion including some great practices for women who are experiencing menopausal changes and for women of all ages who want to keep their hormonal health at optimum. We even chat a bit about yoga for fertility. And if you're a teacher this isn't one to miss either!  

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