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    February Posture of the Month - "Tadasana: Tree Pose"

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Benefits:

    Here we are at the final posture of our standing series. Tree Pose is designed to stabilize the body to prepare for a brief, resting meditation before beginning our floor series. Being still and upright, while breathing consciously is at the heart of all meditation practices, and we see the form training for that in Tree Pose.

    Technique:

    Stand with your feet touching, side by side. Shift your body over your left leg, and lift your right leg, reaching to hold your right foot. Place your right foot as high up on the left thigh/hip crease as possible, ensuring an external rotation of the right leg/hip. Continue to hold the right foot in place using your left hand. Stand strong, supporting your balance with a firm left leg.

    Place your right hand in prayer position in the center of your chest. Draw in your belly, helping to lengthen your spine against gravity. Stand tall and steady.

    Continue to draw open your right hip by encouraging the right knee and thigh to lengthen out from the torso on a diagonal angle.

    Breathe here, fully engaged and energized in your stability and strength.

    Slowly release, placing your right foot back on the ground, shift your weight and begin the left side.

     

    The Goods:

    This pose solidifies our energy and prepares our bodies for a supine meditation in savasana. Tree pose helps to root our energy and bring our mental focus back from any distractions we have given ourselves to thus far in class. It is an opportunity to become present, to reset, and to stabilize our attention. It also helps to open the hip joints while lengthening the spine. Our hip girdle is notorious for energy reserves and deposits. Because of it’s potential to store, create, and release energy, it is so important to access the hips in this deeply therapeutic approach.  As the hips realign and re-energize, our back and spine sit more comfortably in their seat (the pelvis), and therefore, the entire nervous system feels the effects of this opening and awareness. 

    Student of the Month - Kazmel Minott

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Let's all congratulate Kazmel as he is February's Student of the Month.
     
    Thank you for your inspiration, dedication to your yoga practice, and the wonderful spirit you bring to each and every class.  

    Posture of the Month – January 2015 - Poona Salabasana: "Full Locust Pose"

    Last updated 2 years ago

    Poona Salabasana: “Full Locust Pose”

    Benefits:

    Full Locust Pose is the third posture in a four-posture spine strengthening series. Here, we combine the lower back work from cobra pose with the upper back work from locust pose. This pose emphasizes the strength of the middle spine which bridges the strength and structure of the upper and lower back muscles.

     

    Technique:

    Lying on your belly, place your chin forward on your mat/towel so that the front of your neck is stretched forward. Bring your arms out to the side, imagining they were wings in full span. Squeeze your legs together as one while toning the lower abdomen, bracing the core for stability and structure.

    Slowly begin to lift up your arms, legs, chest and back, like an eagle soaring through the sky. All limbs are extended in full energy and span, outward from center. Keep your belly engaged, hugging the spine to ensure proper control and alignment. Gaze up toward the ceiling to help the neck and upper back muscles lift against gravity. Hold your legs together as one throughout the entire posture.

    Slowly begin to return to your resting position. No crash landings! Control your descent with graceful movements. This will help to tone the muscles that engage the posture. There’s a 2nd set, so use the entrance and exit strength to prepare.

     

    The Goods:

    Full Locust Pose targets the twelve vertebrae of our middle spine called the “thoracic.” Our thoracic spine structure is responsible for being the column of alignment, around which lay the lungs and heart. Working to achieve maximum alignment, strength, and maintaining fluidity of movement helps to provide the necessary structure needed for these very important organs to function optimally. All postures in the spine strengthening series are designed to help your spine maintain upright posture against the weight of gravity. The stronger the spine positions it’s posture, the better placement of vital organs that situate themselves around the structure of the spine is. The better functioning of these very important organs are, the more we experience the beauty of optimal health and well-being.

    December Rego Park Student of the Month - Elfriede Abramson

    Last updated 2 years ago

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