Natarajasana or Lord of the Dance Pose

The name comes from the Sanskrit words nata meaning “dancer”, raja meaning “king”, and asana meaning “posture’.  Nataraja is one of the names given to the Hindu god Shiva in his form as the cosmic dance. This pose has always fascinated me because it represents events that may, at first, glance, be catastrophic.  Yet, just like the Shiva the…

Extended Triangle Pose

The triangle pose is one of the first asanas I have learned, yet, one which I find challenging.  Challenging in the sense that I find difficulty in creating awareness about how my body should be aligned in this pose.  I am quite flexible in my hamstrings and I have a tendency to just “hang” into…

My Love-Hate Relationship with Hip Openers

When I started my regular yoga practice two years ago, my hips were so stiff that I was wondering how my classmates could easily cross their ankle against the opposite leg, bend forward and squat. I could hardly cross the my ankle, let alone bend forward or squat!  Today, I tried the flying pigeon in my home…

Backbends: A Journey of Discovering Fears

It has been almost a year since I wrote about backbends.  My feelings over backbends haven’t changed much, I’m afraid.  I don’t like the thought of doing them.  In Ashtanga, for example, we are asked to hold the wheel for 5 breaths.  And we do it three times!  Even as the the instructor would cue…

Marichyasana I

I’ve recently tried to add Ashtanga into my practice for at least 2 times a week.  I love this yoga style because it instills discipline into my practice.  It likewise challenges me out of my comfort zone.  My favorite pose in the primary series is Marichyasana I, a pose dedicated to the sage Marichi. I…

Revisting Crow Pose

I have always struggled with arm balances as I always had weak wrists and arms. In my previous article on bakasana, I mentioned that the strength required in chaturanga dandasana should be enough to execute the crow.  However, I kept on struggling with this pose.  Next, I worked on opening my hips.  Check.  Yet I still struggled as…

Yoga Focus of the Month: Core is Power

In asana practice, core strength is needed to get into poses properly, as well as to prevent injury, particularly to the lower back.  For the past two weeks, I have been working on my core and I can feel a lot of improvement in my vinyasas and arm balances.  Here’s a short sequence from Yoga…

Getting to Know Yourself by Esther Ekhart

Getting to Know Yourself I love this article by Esther where she shares what yoga means to her.  I do not necessarily understand or practice the other aspects of yoga (besides asanas) but the journey of the self is something universal and one which I  am open to. What I love about Esther is that…

Reverse Prayer

This pose reminds me of progress.  This pose used to be inaccessible; having very tight right shoulder from years of playing badminton.  My right wrist used to hurt whenever I come into this pose.  I am grateful for the journey of patience and discipline.  Namaste. Travel Tales of a Yogini.  The Manor, Baguio, Philippines Related…

Reverse Warrior

I love the grace of reverse warrior.  But in this case, baby’s smile is more beautiful. Travel Tales of a Yogini.  The Manor, Baguio, Philippines.   Related Links: Top 3 Reasons to Introduce Yoga to Your Kids Quick Visit to the City of Pines

Cobra

Kayla was in the mood for massaging mama’s back.  And I couldn’t do a proper upward facing dog.  So I settled for a cobra instead. Travel tales of a Yogini.  The Manor, Baguio, Philippines.

Triangle Pose

Do you know how hard it is to keep the leg straight in triangle pose when wearing heels?  I’m usually comfortable with triangle, but this time I found it impossible to straighten my leg!  And I couldn’t reach the floor for the extended version.  Bummer.  Nevertheless, I had fun doing this pose in this iconic…

Lord of the Dance

The majestic view of Mt. Mayon is breathtaking.  Amidst volcano rocks and this awesome backdrop, dancing this pose was a humbling experience. Travel Tales of a Yogini.  Mt. Mayon, Philippines READ MORE:  Playing Hide and Seek with a Shy Volcano  

Warrior III

Such a difficult pose to maintain.  Strength, balance, grace…The hardest part for me is to keep those hips facing downward while lifting the leg up high and keeping balance.  TOUGH. Travel Tales of a Yogini.  Misibis Bay, Philippines. READ MORE: A Night at Misibis Bay READ MORE:  Top 3 Favorite Yoga Poses

Yoga Focus of the Month: Split or Monkey Pose

This month, I have decided to focus my practice on the monkey pose.  I am pretty flexible in the hamstrings; forward bends are my least challenging asanas.  Monkey pose, however, requires more than hamstrings flexibility:  the hips are likewise actively involved.  I remember as a child when I could easily do a split in my…