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 "sensational (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
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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.

Pose Index

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Pose Categories

Sun Salutes (Ashtanga Style)

Standing Poses

Upright Standing Poses

Lateral Standing Poses

Forward Bending Standing Poses

Spinal Twisting Standing Poses

Seated Poses

Unbound Twists

Side Bends

Seated Symmetrical Forward Bends

Seated Asymmetrical Forward Bends

Seated Binding-Twisting Yoga Poses

Kneeling, Half Kneeling and Hero Yoga Pose Variations

Seated Lotus Pose Variations (with Binds)

Pigeon Yoga Pose Variations

More Poses

Lunge Variations

Splits and Split Variations

Yoga Arm Balances

Prone (Belly Down) Back Bending/Strengthening Yoga Poses

Arm Strength Required Belly Downwards Yoga Poses

Arm Strength Required Belly Upwards Yoga Poses

(Yoga) Arm Positions

Yoga Inversions

Forearm Stand

Shoulderstand and Plow Yoga Poses

Yoga Headstand

Yoga Handstand

Postures for Back Pain

Yoga Stretches for Flexibility

Meridian Yoga Stretches

Ashtanga Yoga Poses

Breathing, Bandhas and Related Exercises

Body Awareness Theory

Balancing And Stability

Sensational Yoga Anatomy

Hip and Leg Anatomy

Pelvis and SI Joint Anatomy

Shoulder And Ribcage Anatomy

Ebooks (PDF, Epub, Mobi)

Amazon (Mobi/Kindle)

Notes, Articles, Interviews

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Basic Principles for Sensational Yoga Poses (video)

Here's a general "lecture" on basic principles as I see them and how they apply to creating a "sensational" yoga pose (one in which you are as present as possible.)

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Yoga Side Stretches

These standing and seated side stretches are great for stretching the side of the waist.

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Active Stretching Yoga Routine Part 2

Here's part 2 of the yoga routine used for active stretching. I use the routine as a whole for teaching my students the muscle actions that make active stretching an effective stretching technique.

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Standing Meditation Instructions (Video)

Basic instruction for doing a standing meditation. I do meridian, chakra and anatomy meditations all while standing. This video goes over the basic set up for standing with balanced tension (or "tuned tension") throughout the body.

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Yoga Poses to Improve Balance

Some slightly different yoga poses to improve balance, including standing, kneeling and rolling.

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Active Stretching Yoga Sequence Part 1

Here's the first part of the yoga pose sequence used in the Active Stretch ebook.

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The Importance of Both Thoracic Stability and Scapular Stability in Yoga

Here's a quick look at why scapular stability and thoracic stability are important. They allow you to do certain types of yoga poses with greater ease.

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Scapular Stability (video)

Here's my latest video on scapular stability.

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Ankle Stretches

Some ankle stretches to make it easier to kneel and also to stretch the backs of the ankles. Learn actions you can do to make these poses more comfortable and more effective.

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Yoga Kneeling Poses

What can you do while kneeling? How many kneeling yoga posture variations are there?

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Sometimes a Knee Injury Can Be a Good Thing

I can't say that I was happy to have injured my knee recently. After all, I'm a yoga teacher and it's part of my job to be able to show my students what I'm trying to get them to do. And that's when I discovered that perhaps it wasn't such a bad thing after all.

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Yoga for Bikers (Motorcyclists

My latest ebook is designed especially for motorcyclists. The exercises in this book are designed to improve body awareness so that you can control your bike with greater confidence, particularly in the corners.

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Adjusting Yoga Plank Pose by Feel (video link)

Here's my latest video on plank pose (with elbows straight) with a focus on feeling the mid section (to remove excess lumbar lordosis) and on feeling and controlling the shoulder blades (for scapular stability.)

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Ribcage Awareness and Posture

Some basic exercises for feeling the ribcage and controlling it and then adjusting it for a balance between openness and relaxation.

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Sensational Breathing

Has anyone ever told you that you can use your spinal erectors to help you breath?

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Foot Awareness (Even if you Don't Have Flat Feet)

This set of exercises initially developed because I had collapsed arches. But even if you don't have collapsed arches they can be helpful for improving foot awareness.

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More Exercises for Flat Feet (Video)

In this next set of exercises for flat feet the focus is on the heel bones and how to stack them.

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Should You Squat if you Have Flat Feet (video)?

I was asked, recently, if it was safe to squat if you have flat feet. Here's my answer. (this is also included in the tail end of the "heel stacking" video.)

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Exercises For Flat Feet (Video)

Exercises for collapsed arches. I actually have collapsed arches and I learned how to hide them so that I could join the army. I often use these foot exercises as a prelude to balancing on the fronts of the feet or balancing on one foot.

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Yoga Basics Book Bundle

This book bundle includes my 5 yoga basics ebooks for $52.00. (After clicking the "Buy the Bundle Now" button you can use the sliders to reduce the price to $52.00.)

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