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Pose of the Month: Eight Angle Pose (Astavakrasana)

Author: myaizzolena / Date: 18-09-2015 / Tag: Full Circle Yoga, Yoga, astavakrasana, eight angle pose, pose, asana

Astavakrasana is a pose that is dedicated to the sage Astavakra who, according to the myth, infuriated his father who then cursed him to be born crooked with 8 different body deformities. Eight Angle Pose may resemble the stereotypical contorted looking yoga pose found on the cover of popular yoga magazines. However, due to the beautiful nature of yoga, a pose stems much deeper allowing us to explore our mental flexibility.  The expression of the pose should engage the soul rather than the ego. Read more about Pose of the Month: Eight Angle Pose (Astavakrasana)

Pose of the Month: Reverse Warrior (Viparita Virabhadrasana)

Author: myaizzolena / Date: 27-08-2015 / Tag: Full Circle Yoga, reverse warrior, viparita virabhadrasana, Yoga, pose, asana

Viparita Virabhadrasana or Reverse Warrior is a rejuvenating and strengthening pose. It stretches and strengthens the obliques, chest, quadriceps and hamstrings. It also focuses on lateral flexion through the spine to encourage healthy spine mobility. Mentally, it reminds you to feel strong and light simultaneously. Muhammad Ali once said, “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee.” Warriors of light and love are aware of the significance of the balance between strength and lightness. Read more about Pose of the Month: Reverse Warrior (Viparita Virabhadrasana)

Pose of the Month: Hand to Big Toe Pose (Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana)

Author: myaizzolena / Date: 24-07-2015 / Tag: Full Circle Yoga, utthita hasta padangusthasana, Hand to Big Toe Pose, asana, vinyasa, jennie rindler, ahymsa

Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose or Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana pose is physically about balance, flexibility, and stretching the hamstrings and hips. It also strengthens the back and arms as we expand and open through our chest. With a focus inwards; this pose is about flexibility of the mind and strength of the spirit. Often in a standing balance pose as dynamic as Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose we may automatically become critical of ourselves in one moment. Read more about Pose of the Month: Hand to Big Toe Pose (Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana)

Pose of the Month: Eka Pada Koundinyasana 1 (One footed Pose Dedicated to the Sage Koundinya 1)

Author: myaizzolena / Date: 22-05-2015 / Tag: eka pada koundinyasana 1, one footed pose dedicated to the sage, Full Circle Yoga, pose of the month, asana, vinyassa, Yoga

In yoga, challenging poses often challenge our minds just as much of our physical bodies. In the Yoga Sutras, Pantanjali defines yoga as “chitta vritti nirodah”, meaning yoga resolves and stills the fluctuations of the mind.  Eka Pada Koundinyasana 1 gives us the chance to practice quieting the ego and allowing the mind to break free of barriers so we can catch some air and fly into the present moment.  Physically, this pose strengthens the shoulders, arms, core, and  intentional gaze. It also incorporates a delightful twist to encourage more mobility and strength in the spine. Read more about Pose of the Month: Eka Pada Koundinyasana 1 (One footed Pose Dedicated to the Sage Koundinya 1)

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