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…

Sitting Can Kill You: Tips on Reducing Sitting

Modern living has indeed reduced us to sitting most of our lives.  Further, poor sitting habits accumulate tension in the body, leading to tight hips, bad posture, and weak spine. I have been reading a lot of articles talking about research showing how sitting is killing us.  And how even an hour a day at the…

How to Teach Meditation to Your Kids

The first thing that comes to mind when we hear the word “meditation” is an image of a figure serenely sitting cross-legged with eyes closed.  Oftentimes, we think that sitting quietly is meditation.  If this is the case, I cannot imagine how I can teach my three-year old daughter meditation as she cannot sit still…

Cultivating Awareness through Yin

For the past four days, I have been bringing this big bolster onto my mat whenever I get props for our yin yoga immersion.  Just in case Dona might decide to squeeze in a full saddle pose into the practice.  Based on experience, I can never go down into the full pose without sitting on a…

Day 7: Challenge Completed

Finally!  Day 7 has arrived.  By next week, I can go back to my 2-3 times a week circuit routine and concentrate on Ashtanga and Yin Yoga!  Yay. For today’s workout, Coach Lester prepared a full body routine that works on cardio, triceps, shoulders, thighs, butt, and legs.  I had a very long day, so…

Day 5: Abs Attack. I Surrender.

In today’s circuit class, Coach Lester prepared another core challenge, similar to Day 3’s routine.  I was all energized and ready to really work it out and I had my old pink shoes on. There was a total of 8 stations.  3 circuits, 30 seconds each station.  We had limited props.  We mainly used the mats.…

Day 4: I Wanna Die Challenge

  Today was particularly challenging.  I was recovering from stiff neck and shoulder.  The pain wasn’t so bad after my massage last night and after applying topical pain killer on the affected areas this morning. I missed my asana practice so much after the 3-day intensive kids yoga training (more of that later) that I…

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…

Day 2: Core Galore

In today’s lunch session, the circuit challenge focused on abs.  I decided to ask Coach Meynard to document the stations that Coach Pau prepared since I was practicing yoga, focusing on back bends. Of course, I didn’t skip the circuit challenge.  I attended the afternoon session instead. Coach Pau prepared a grueling core sequence:  Total of…

Day 1: Total Body Workout

Today’s class was a total body work out with focus on the core – a total of 8 stations.  But since there were 12 of us, coach Heman added 4 “wait stations” to complete the circuit. The entire session was supposed to be 3 sets/rounds, devoting 30 seconds to each station in round 1; and…

Kale Juice

They say the darker the leaves, the healthier it is.  I have recently found a supplier of organic kale and I have been enjoying kale in my salads and juice.  Kale is high in beta-carotene, vitamin C and even calcium.Here’s another juice recipe starring this extremely powerful vegetable with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties. a…

Moving Beyond Asanas

Just a couple of months ago, I wrote in Getting to Know Yourself that asanas play the only role in my practice.  But after reading Iyengar’s Light on Life, I started to gain a better understanding about the other limbs of yoga. As I explore my yin practice further, I noticed how setting intentions and focusing…

Hardcore Green Juice

I’ve been juicing for some time now but I have yet to train my taste buds to like pure green juice.  I still prefer mixing a lot of fruits, especially orange, in my daily concoction. Here’s a recipe that I’d try out in the next few days, just to mix things up a little: 2 handfuls…

Carrot Orange Juice

Here is another great recipe  for those beginning their vegetable juicing journey: 3 medium oranges 3 medium carrots Juice the ingredients, using your favorite juicer.  Dump in a couple of ice cubes for that chilling effect. A simple but refreshing drink.  Sweet, light and delightful!  You can add in a handful of lettuce or kale…

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…

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,…

Restorative Yoga

I sorely miss my practice when I get sick.  But just because we are sick does not mean that we cannot practice yoga.  As my body is weakened by a nasty food poisoning experience, I looked for sequences that will help my body recuperate.  Restorative yoga can do just that. Restorative yoga is very relaxing…