Sensational Yoga Poses
Fengshui for the Body

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I'm usually pretty good at arranging things whenever I move homes. If a room doesn't feel right then I'll rearrange things until it does feel right.

And that's what learning a new yoga pose can be like. In a yoga pose the equivalent of furniture or books on a shelf are the bones and how they relate to each other. By shifting relationships slowly and mindfully we can find an arrangement that feels good.

Then every time we do the pose we can enjoy it while making small adjustments so that energy can freely flow.

Sensational Yoga Poses includes information on yoga poses and also on "yoga anatomy", that is, anatomy that you can directly feel and experience. While knowing your own anatomy isn't a requirement for doing a yoga pose well, it does make it easier to learn the body and explore it.

Directly below are links to yoga pose categories while at the bottom of this page is a yoga pose index linking directly to specific yoga poses.

Yoga Pose Categories

Grouped Yoga Poses include poses classified according to action or position. Ideally these groupings of yoga poses make it easier to create a balanced (and reasonably complete) yoga practice.

Get More Flexible

Improving flexibility is one of the main reasons I got into yoga. An important element of stretching is learning to relax and activate muscles at will.

Even more important is creating a stable foundation. Yoga Stretches for flexibility include.

Balance

  • Improving Balance, is one of my favorite topics.
    For an overview of balance read Yoga balance poses. As with stretching, an important aspect of balance is creating stability or mobile rigidness. The idea is to be able to control and vary stability so that balance is easy to maintain.

    One of the easiest ways to practice balance is by balancing on one foot.

    Slightly more advanced is balancing on one leg while binding or connecting parts of the body.

    Arm balances are a fun way to practice balancing. One of the simplest arm balances is crow pose. Inverted yoga poses are near the pinnacle of balancing postures. I generally teach poses like headstand, shoulder stand, forearm balance and handstand using a wall first to get students used to being upside down. Then I work at helping them learn to balance.

  • Using Strength Intelligently

    My current approach to strength yoga poses is minimal muscular effort.

    This lazy approach requires awareness and directed effort. Part of this means knowing which parts of the body to stabilize.

    Currently one of my favorite strengthening actions is the yoga push up, but I also enjoy squats and the one legged pistol squat.

    In addition I also occasionally play with kettlebells. One movement that I like is the Turkish Get Up.


    Sensational (Yoga) Anatomy

    Sensational Anatomy is about the anatomy that you can learn to feel and control while doing a yoga pose.

    So that you can direct your awareness intelligently it helps to understand the bones and muscles of the body and how they relate.

    My own understanding of anatomy has been helped by practicing drawing anatomy.

    This makes it easier to visualize those structures while meditating and doing yoga or tai ji or any other physical activity with a focus on mindfulness.

    Shoulders

    Hips

    Spine and Ribcage

    Pelvis and Sacral Area

    Integrated Anatomy and Energy Anatomy

    Increasing Body Awareness and Body Control

    In general there is a big difference between what we sense and what we perceive.

    A large part of my own training (and what I try to teach my students) is how to calibrate sense information and perception so that there is less of a disparity between sense and perception.

    Part of the process of improving both awareness and control involves first isolating body parts so that you can improve your ability to feel and control those body parts. (This is also where we calibrate.)

    The next steps are to integrate those body parts so that you can shift the focus of your consciousness easily between the different parts of the body.

    The end result is a unification of body and mind otherwise known as yoga.

    Note that calibration is a repeated process.

    Learning to feel your body is like learning the alphabet. Body Awareness has a very big alphabet but learning it bit-by-bit gives you the building blocks for "spelling" any movement or action.

    Meridian Yoga

    Meridian yoga uses the meridians as a guide for strengthening and stretching the body.

    Ashtanga

    Ashtanga Yoga is great for people who want a set sequence of yoga poses. Sun Salutations are used for warming up.

    Dance of Shiva

    Dance of Shiva is tool for practicing cognitive flexibility, the skill of learning, and getting into the flow.

    Anatomy (Understanding Your Body)

    Tensegrity, Body Awareness and Consciousness

    Breath Anatomy

    Hip and Leg Anatomy

    Pelvis and SI Joint Anatomy

    Shoulder And Ribcage Anatomy

    Arm Balances

    Arm Positions

    Ashtanga Yoga

    Balance

    Getting Used To Inversions

    Balancing While Inverted

    Getting Into Handstand

    Ebooks

    PDF, Epub, Mobi

    Flexibility and Stretching

    Meridian Yoga

    Notes, Articles, Interviews

    Pose Categories

    Routines

    Seated Poses

    Unbound Twists

    Side Bends

    Seated Forward Bends

    Janusirsasana (Seated Forward Bends)

    Hero (Virasana) Hip and Quad Stretches

    Seated Binding Yoga Poses

    Seated Hip Stretches

    Stability

    Standing Yoga Poses

    Standing Spinal Twists

    Standing Balance Poses

    Strength

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    What's New?

    Yoga Balance Poses

    Stay balanced in yoga balance poses, keep your center of gravity over your foundation. Learn how your center shifts relative to your body.

    Continue reading "Yoga Balance Poses"

    Knee Joint Stability

    The single joint muscles at the back of the knee joint are relatively small compared to those at the front of the knee. For knee joint stability, activate the hamstrings as well as the three vastus muscles.

    Continue reading "Knee Joint Stability"

    Improving Balance

    Key to improving balance and proprioception is the conscious control of tension. Tension can be used for both feedback and stability making it easier to stay balanced.

    Continue reading "Improving Balance"

    Sacroiliac Joint Stability Exercises

    The following sacroiliac joint stability exercises can be used to shape the pelvis. They may also be helpful in forward bending and backbending at the hip.

    Continue reading "Sacroiliac Joint Stability Exercises"

    Upper Back Exercises

    These yoga pose upper back exercises make it easier to feel the upper back (and lower back) so that it is easier to control them both.

    Continue reading "Upper Back Exercises"

    Hip Joint Pain

    Three simple techniques for alleviating hip joint pain while doing yoga poses.

    Continue reading "Hip Joint Pain"

    Hamstring Anatomy

    Hamstring Anatomy for yoga practitioners, focusing on backbending and forward bending of the hips with knees bent and straight.

    Continue reading "Hamstring Anatomy"

    Sitting Bone Pain

    Sitting bone pain while bending forwards may be a result of a facilitated (overactive) obturator internus or coccygeus muscle.

    Continue reading "Sitting Bone Pain"

    Stretching for Beginners: Half Split Mini-Sequence

    After a bit of a hiatus its back to stretching for beginners.

    The latest installment is a mini sequence that works towards the half split inner thigh stretch with some prone twisting and outer thigh stretching followed by some recovery work with standing poses to help reactivate the inner thighs.

    Continue reading "Stretching for Beginners: Half Split Mini-Sequence"

    Stretching for Beginners (Stretching the Front of the Body)

    This set of poses is designed to show you how to activate the spinal erectors to bend the spine backwards so that you stretch the front of the torso. It also includes stretches like upright pigeon pose and upward facing dog for stretching the front of the hip (the hip flexors).

    Continue reading "Stretching for Beginners (Stretching the Front of the Body)"

    Stretches for Beginners: Happy Baby and Low Lunge

    The latest stretch in the "Stretches for Beginners" series is a set of hip extensor stretches including happy baby and low lunge. Previous stretches in this series include bound angle (baddha konasana) and a pigeon pose hip stretch for the sides of the hip.

    Continue reading "Stretches for Beginners: Happy Baby and Low Lunge"

    Knowing What Muscles to Engage

    For well being is it better to be able to contract a muscle or relax it? I'd suggest that you learn to do both and just as importantly... Learn to feel when a muscle is activated and when it is relaxed.

    The key to both is...

    Continue reading "Knowing What Muscles to Engage"

    The Yoga Basics Ebook Bundle

    The yoga basics bundle is a collection of five yoga basics ebooks: balance basics, shoulder basics, backbend basics, hamstring basics and the hip control guide all for $52.00. (The suggested regular price is $124.95)

    Continue reading "The Yoga Basics Ebook Bundle"

    Consciousness

    Consciousness is like the Captain of a ship. At times the ship it commands can be very big with lots of sailors to tell what to do, at other times the captain is sailing solo, taking care of the sails and the tiller.

    Continue reading "Consciousness"

    Yoga Stabilization Basics Video

    This is a mini-routine that I've been using in my classes recently to teach awareness and control of the foundation in poses like

    table top, high lunge, low lunge, extended cat pose, and yoga push ups (leading to chaturanga dandasana.)

    This can lead to smoother and more mindful movement.

    Continue reading "Yoga Stabilization Basics Video"

    Tensegrity Basics

    Tensegrity basics: tension doesn't just integrate the body, it can be used for proprioception and for responsiveness and quicker reactions.

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    Proper Yoga Alignment

    What is proper yoga alignment for handstand? Why not learn to feel and control your shoulders and ribcage so that you can learn to feel when your body is best aligned.

    Continue reading "Proper Yoga Alignment"

    Pistol Squat Progression Video

    In this video some tips for body weight squat and the one legged pistol squat with a focus on "feeling your body."

    Why do a pistol squat? To improve hip strength and left/right hip balance. This may help to alleviate low back pain.

    Continue reading "Pistol Squat Progression Video"

    Dance of Shiva Videos

    This dance of shiva video playlist includes cyclic movement combinations: F-F, B-B, F-B, B-F, CF-CF, CB-CB, CF-CB, CB-CF.

    Continue reading "Dance of Shiva Videos"

    Beginners Side Plank Video

    Learn how to stabilize the shoulder and hip in side plank.

    This video goes over some basic body awareness exercises you can do while working towards side plank.

    Continue reading "Beginners Side Plank Video"



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