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  • Alphabetical Yoga Poses Index

    Yoga Pose Index

    The yoga pose alphabetical index is directly below.

    A

    half split adductor stretch with elbows on the floor

    Adductor Stretches

    Stretches for your your inner thighs

    B

    bridge yoga pose, back bending yoga poses, leg strenghtening yoga poses, energizing poses, yoga postures, spinal back bends, neil keleher

    Bridge Yoga Pose

    Backbending at the Hips, Lumbar and/or Thoracic Spine

    C

    compass yoga pose, compass yoga pose alternatives and preparations, compass pose, binding yoga poses, shoulder stretches, leg stretches

    Compass Yoga Pose

    Try relaxing your shoulder until you straighten your leg.

    D

    yoga poses, yoga postures, belly down yoga poses, downward facing dog (adho muka svanasana) with head in line with the arms

    Downward Dog Pose

    Use your shoulders to push your ribcage backwards and upwards.

    E

    eagle arm position

    Eagle Yoga Pose

    The hard part is getting binding arms and legs. So you may find it helps to practice them separately.

    F

    pincha mayurasana, forearm stand, inverted yoga pose, yoga balance pose

    Forearm Balance (Pincha Mayurasana)

    Try picking a balance point just in-front of your elbows (towards the hands).

    G

    Glute Stretches

    This hip stretch targets the glutes. Note the position of the shoulder relative to the foot.

    H

    Half Moon Balance

    Focus on feeling your foot to help stay balanced.

    J

    janu sirsasana A with hand clasping wrist

    Janu Sirsasana

    Try stabilizing both knees while pulling your chest towards your thigh.

    K

    semi-kneeling forward bend (triang muka eka pada pashimottanasana.)

    Kneeling Postures

    One way to work towards kneeling on both knees is to practice one leg at a time.

    L

    Locust pose (salabhasana) with head, chest and legs lifted.

    Locust Yoga Poses

    One option for locust pose is to lift the legs first (activate the knees), then lift the torso.

    M

    Mayurasana yoga pose. In this yoga pose, hands are on the floor with fingers pointing backwards. Elbows are bent and are close enough together that the stomach can be placed on top of them. Stomach muscles (abdominals) are engaged. With stomach resting on elbows, move torso and elbows forwards relative to the hands till you the point where both legs and chin can be lifted off of the floor. Neil Keleher. Sensational Yoga Poses.

    Mayurasana

    To get your feet off of the floor shift your weight forwards.

    N

    Nauli Kriya

    The first step after exhaling all of your air is to pull your ribcage up, away from your pelvis.

    P

    pigeon yoga pose, pigeon yoga pose variations, pigeon hip stretch, pigeon hip stretch variations, pigeon pose with torso upright, balancing on knees with hands off of floor.

    Pigeon Pose Basics

    To lift the hip focus on pressing down with the front knee.

    Q

    half hero yoga pose reclinging quad stretch

    Quad Strethes

    For reclining quad stretches you may find it helps to press the bottom foot into the floor.

    R

    purvottanasana, reverse plank yoga pose, ashtanga yoga poses.

    Reverse Plank (Purvottanasana)

    Try activating the front and back of the thighs before lifting the hips.

    S

    side plank on knee with shoulder active and with pelvis lifted

    Side Plank

    Practice shoulder activation by doing this pose with knees bent first.

    T

    yoga tree pose preparation exercise, standing on one leg with the other leg lifted to the side. Knee and hip on lifted leg side are both lifted high. Neil Keleher. Sensational Yoga Poses.

    Tree Pose

    Use this as a preparation (or substitute) for tree pose.

    U

    Upward Facing Dog

    Legs strong, press feet down, pull hips forwards.

    W

    wheel pose, chakrasana or urdhva dhanurasana with weight towards hands

    Wheel Pose

    Learn to use your legs to push your hips up.

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