Yoga Asana 101

I'm a huge fan of understanding the "why" behind the things that we do... So here you can learn the symbolism, body/mind benefits, chakra activation, and system balancing effects of some well-known yoga poses.  Check back often, as this archive will be growing :)  Take your practice to a deeper, more meaningful level!

July 17, 2017

Symbolism: This pose is a beautiful diagram of overlapping triangles created by the angles of the body.  The upward-pointing triangles connect us to the heavens, while the downward-pointing triangles root us to the earth.  As we extend in both directions, the body open...

June 19, 2017

Symbolism: The tree is seen as a symbol of the complete yoga journey.  The yamas and niyamas (ethical principles) are the roots of the tree; physical asana (poses) are the trunk; pranayama (breath) is symbolized by the leaves; pratyahara (withdrawal of the senses) is t...

May 9, 2017

Symbolism: The mountain embodies the stability of the Earth element.  In Indian mythology, Mount Kaliash is the birth place of creation and the abode of Shiva, the patron of Yoga.  The stability of the mountain allows us to cultivate Shiva's absolute stillness and sere...

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