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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

Top 3 Yoga Poses to Open the Shoulders

The following are  youtube videos featuring my top 3 favorite poses for opening the shoulders. 1.  Yin Yoga for the Shoulders:  1/4 Dog Pose.  This is really good to relieve shoulder pain and upper back stiffness.  Helped me a lot when I had shoulder injury. 2.  One Armed Shoulder Opening.  This is by far my…

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…

The Not So Easy Pose

The easy pose or Sukhasana is not so easy for me.  Yet this is one of the most basic poses in yoga and as  a beginner I struggled with this.  Sitting cross-legged with a straight back was so difficult that after just a few seconds, my lower back would ache and I would come out…