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…

Prenatal Backbends

I have never been a fan of backbends, particularly the deep ones.  As my pregnancy progresses, only a few remaining backbends are available to me.  These, I do not practice, as I prefer the gentle seated poses that stretch my hips and hamstrings.  Yet, during my maternal photo shoot, the most natural poses that occurred…

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…

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…

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

Wild Thing Pose

By far, my favorite photo from the travel tales of a yogini series.  I realize I need to work more on my backbend and I have yet to learn a lot to deepen this particular pose.  But looking at this photo made me realize how graceful I can look when I am not self-conscious.  This…

Sugar Cane Pose

    One of my favorite poses captured in the forest-like backyard of Ellenborough Park, Cheltenham, United Kingdom.  Travel tales of a yogini. READ MORE:  AN ENCHANTING STAY AT ELLENBOROUGH PARK

Tree Pose

Caught in a pose, literally!  We had fun with this photoshoot, being photographed by a tour guide with her neat trick shots.  Travel tales of a yogini, Cagsawa Ruins, Albay, Philippines.  Indeed, #itsmorefuninthephilippines. READ  MORE:  Playing Hide and Seek with a Shy Volcano

Yoga Focus of the Month: Backbends

October was particularly challenging as we focused on arm balances, practicing bakasana.  As I gain more strength, I feel more comfortable with basic arm balances, particularly those often used in vinyasa.  I still have a long way to go as I need to further open my hips, and strengthen my core and arms to be…

Four Limbed Staff Pose

This month of October, we focus on practicing crow pose.  Arm balances are particularly challenging because they require strength in the arms and core; and openness in the hips, hamstrings, groin, and knees.  Today, we talk about a pose that strengthens the arms, wrists, core, and legs.  A pose that can help you prepare to…

Yoga Pose for the Month: Crow Pose

September was a blast.  Our practice focused on the hamstrings and hips, freeing up our body; getting rid of those negative emotions and stress; and working towards the monkey pose.  As predicted, I have yet to come into the full pose but it was such an incredible journey of being open and free.  And noticeably,…

Warrior II

Warrior II is one of the first standing poses I learned.  I cannot say that this is a favorite pose since I always have a hard time maintaining the right alignment.  In particular, there are so many things to keep in mind and because of this, I am constantly correcting myself whenever I come into…

Staff Pose or Dandasana

Here is another pose that one may take for granted.  Much like the mountain pose, one may ask, what can be easier than sitting down?  There’s a lot of work going into this pose, much of which are subtle; from lifting of the muscles to carefully aligning your back, hips and legs.  Though simple, this…

Top 3 Favorite Yoga Poses

I have a lot of “favorite” yoga poses, so finding the top 3 is kinda difficult.  Further, it depends on my mood and the condition of my body at the time of my practice.  For now, the following are my top 3 favorite poses: 3. Warrior 3 As with any warrior pose, this is a…

Mountain Pose

I find  grounding poses my all-time favorites probably because these are the first poses that one learns in yoga.  I do not find these poses easy.  Simple, yes, but not easy.  It may seem like mountain pose is the easiest pose there is; after all, what is easier than standing up?  This pose, however, involves…