The name comes from the Sanskrit words chatur meaning “four”, anga meaning “limb”, danda meaning “staff” (refers to the spine, the central “staff” or support of the body), and asana meaning “posture” or “seat”. Here are pictures showing utthitha (extended) chatturanga dandasana and chatturanga dandasana:
As you can see, four limbs really are supporting the staff of the spine! In one of the pictures, you can see that we have body-painted a teacher so that we can demonstrate more about the anatomical structure of the pose. You can learn more too – see below for details.
How can the study of anatomy deepen your Yoga and Hot Yoga practice? Well for one thing it can provide scientific guidelines to help you keep your body safe. For example, did you know that the discs that stack between and cushion your vertebrae get rehydrated whilst you sleep, so your spine is literally longer after a nights sleep. Pretty cool fact but how can this apply to a Yoga and Hot Yoga practice. Well, because your spine is longer in the morning this means all the ligaments and tendons that hold the spine together are tighter in the morning than in the evening. And tight ligaments feel stiff and are easier to pull. So, if you are practicing in the morning you should expect the body to feel stiffer in backbends than later in the day, and perhaps you might warm the back up more or go lighter in backbending postures then you would in an evening practice.
What better time to don Christmas jumpers, grab a bauble and find a friend / family member with whom to have a Christmas Yoga practice! So this week, we present to you, Christmas Tree Pose!
We love Christmas at Yogafurie.
Well we’ve always loved Christmas, even before Yogafurie was thought of. As a family we’ve made a big deal about the festive season. The whole family would get together, we’d exchange gifts, eat a huge dinner, and play games into the evening with Christmas telly on in the background. We’d of course have our own Christmas tree in the house.
Stretch your hips and open your chest with Side Angle Pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana)
“Yoga. Because punching people is frowned upon.” – Anonymous
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.
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.
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.
“First I do the Yoga. Then I do the things.” – Unknown
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!
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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