Halfway to a Cartwheel! Side Angle Pose by Perfect Postures

Stretch your hips and open your chest with Side Angle Pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana)

“Yoga. Because punching people is frowned upon.” – Anonymous

Side Angle Pose

Extended Side Angle Pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana) certainly can feel like a good wake up for the body! A big stretch for the side of the body, groin, spine, waist, chest, shoulders and the hip flexors as well as strengthening the legs. A fabulous way to wake up whilst brewing your morning coffee!

Read below to learn how to practice Side Angle Pose at home.

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Perfect Postures Brings You Side Plank!

Strike a Pose with Side Plank

Side Plank

Vasisthasana (side plank pose) is always a challenging posture. Strengthening arms, shoulders and core, and densifying hip muscles (great if you have to work sitting down) – this posture has it all!

Balance poses present an opportunity to reflect on our own instability – that we can all be thrown off our stride by life’s challenges, or even by a careless comment from a colleague or family member. No one can control the world around them, but we can change our own patterns. Practicing Side Plank or vasisthasana (and it’s many variations – see below), and developing steadiness is a metaphor for developing a steadier mind too.

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Project W.A.S.H, Running the Half Marathon and Raising Money for Charity

A dedicated Yogafurie Student, James Walker, is running the Water of Life Half Marathon! With your help he hopes to build a rainwater harvesting tank in a rural village in Kisoro, Uganda.

The water tank will reduce water stress for a community of over 100 people. It will capture and store rainwater to provide a water source which would otherwise be miles away.

The area “suffers for water”, and it is the job of children to walk miles over mountainous terrain to fetch it and carry heavy 20 litre jerry cans. This means they are often late for school and arrive exhausted. With your donations we can build this simple water solution and reduce water stress to this villagers and their children!

project w.a.s.h

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Learn Warrior 2 with Perfect Postures at Yogafurie!

Kind Heart, Fierce Mind, Brave Spirit

Watch our Warrior video and learn the story behind the posture.

warrior 2

Warrior 2 helps us become strong and focused whilst also opening us up. We strengthen our legs, core and shoulders. At the same time we find space and flexibility in our thighs, groin, chest and shoulders. This way we can stand tall, open, steady and ready.

This pose has a beautiful story of love and hate. Watch our video above to find out it’s gory history.

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Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose! Perfect Postures Guide.

“First I do the Yoga. Then I do the things.” – Unknown

Hand to big toe pose

Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose is a powerful standing posture to practice. In Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose you learn strength, stability and flexibility. You can stand upright, strong and balanced. Your legs and hips can become more flexible whilst your ankles, legs and tummy become stronger. But not to worry if you’re a beginner, props can go a long way here!

Read on to discover how to practice this pose safely at home. Better yet, come to a Yogafurie class and practice it with one of our teachers!

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Perch Up High and Find Your Balance with Crow Pose. Perfect Postures!

“If you fall, I’ll be there” – Mat

Crow Pose

Crow Pose, or Bakasana, is a fabulous arm balance with which you could start your arm balance journey. It builds strength, body awareness, balance, but most of all, it builds trust in your own power. Once we learn to get our feet off the floor, we learn to trust our balance and our strength, which could lead us on from Crow Pose to a whole host of arm balances such as Side Crow Pose, Flying Pigeon Pose, or even in to Inversion postures. Crow Pose really is a gateway into a whole host of Yoga postures, it helps us step into our power to develop and grow!

Crow Pose, or Bakasana, will strengthen our wrists, arms, shoulders, core and hips. Our balance improves and our confidence grows too!

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What Is Pilates? – Carmen Elvatud Dance Shares Her Knowledge

What is Pilates?

Carmen Elvatud Dance teaches a Pilates class every Tuesday at Yogafurie, she has shared with us below what is Pilates.

Pilates Bristol

Joseph.H. Pilates devoted his entire life to researching and developing an exercise system, which provides a balance between mind and body, strength and elasticity. Some of the movements were inspired by children and cats, also based on observation of the mechanism of the body, to achieve a universal, efficient and practicable method for the majority of people, regardless of age, sex and condition.

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Perfect Postures! Tree Pose

“The mighty oak was once a little nut that stood it’s ground” – Anon

Watch our Video of how to practice here on YouTube

Tree Pose

Tree pose (Vrksasana) is a brilliant asana to include in your daily practice. Tree pose requires balance and focus, and can help us to develop in our balance practice. Just like in Tadasana, we want to feel firmly rooted to the earth, we have the ability to sway with the wind but we stay tall and strong on the ground below. It can become almost a metaphor for balance in daily life, we’re rooted and strong, and can bend to the wind without losing our grounding.

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