Strengthening and stretching. Elongates hamstrings, calves and achilles tendon. Strengthening of hands, wrists. Increased blood flow to head and face known to help maintain a youthful complexion. Opens upper body and also hips in this variation. Strengthening of core when engaging Mula Bandha. Balancing for the mind and body.
Strengthens muscles required for good posture, back, chest, shoulders, core and neck. Increased flexibility of upper body. Tension release which in turn is uplifting. Strengthens wrists, arms and legs. Improves balance and requires concentration therefore practicing silencing the mind of other thoughts or chatter.
Opening for your hips, groin, shoulders, chest and lungs. Builds stamina and concentration. Energising for tired limbs. Engaging and therefore strengthening your core. Develops balance and stability.
Stretching gently the hip, ankles, shoulders, and thighs. Restorative pose. Calming for mind and body. Relieving for back, neck, shoulder and hip tension. Lengthens and stretches the spine.
"The inner light within me bows to the inner light within you" A sign of peace, honour and respect.
Opening for the hips, and deep hip flexors, ankles, thighs, groin. Stretching and strengthening for the shoulders and back. Typically opposite to our daily sitting poses, so helps release tension and feels uplifting.
Strengthening for the quads, arms and neck. Stretching for the groin, hips and obliques. Chest and shoulder opener. Builds lower body strength.
Keeping feet slightly wider and stance slightly narrower than in the usual asana. Hip, ribs, shoulder and chest opening. Quad and hamstring, feet and arm stretching and strengthening.
Keeping legs/feet in bound position only as far as is comfortable. Stretching for the thoracic spine, ribs and chest. Strengthening for the arms and core. Opening for the hips.
Pulling the naval back to the spine to support your bump. Stretching for the wrists, elongating the spine, neck and tailbone. Strengthening for the arms, shoulders and upper legs. Grounding position.
Only taking the bottom foot to a comfortable place (avoiding the knee), ensuring you remain balanced in whatever variation your take. Stretching for the spine, ribs, shoulders and chest. Strengthening for the legs, core and feet. Opening the hips and pelvis.
"Yoni" meaning Uterus. Detaching from the outside world and chatter around you. Calming and stabilising. Redirecting your attention inwards to your baby.