Category Archives: Yoga Postures

Yoga Activates The Left Prefrontal Cortex…

Using a MRI, Richard Davidson found that the left prefrontal cortex shows heightened activity in people who meditate, a finding that has been correlated with greater levels of happiness, better immune function, more flexibility in outlook, and a temperament that is harder to anger or fluster. The most dramatic left-sided activation Dr. Davidson has seen was found in a Westerner trained as a Tibetan monk. The calm demeanor and softness in the eyes you see in some spiritual masters seems to have physiological correlates in the brain. (source: Timothy McCall, M.D.)

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The Energy of Full Locust Pose…

Full Locust Pose - Poorna-Salabhasana

 

 

 

You were born with potential.

You were born with goodness and trust.

You were born with ideals and dreams.

You were born with greatness.

You were born with wings.

You are not meant for crawling; so don’t.

You have wings.

Learn to use them and fly.

     – Rumi

 Yoga Journal’s Instruction for the Pose

 Physical Benefits:

  • Full Locust increases strength in the middle spine; it is good for scoliosis, kyphosis, spondylosis and slipped discs.
  • It opens up the rib cage and increases elasticity there.
  • It also firms the abdominal muscles, upper arms, hips and thighs.

Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose…

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Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

Cures and prevents sciatica by stretching and strengthening the sciatic nerves and the tendons of the legs. It helps the functioning of most of the internal abdominal organs, especially the small and large intestine and gives you added flexibility in the pelvis, ankles, and hip joints, and especially in the last five vertebrae of the spine.  This posture is very good for depression, loss of memory, constipation, abdominal obesity and helps with diabetes and hyperacidity.

3 Tips for Standing Separate Leg Stretching Pose

  • This pose is very difficult if you have tight hamstrings and lower back but the only way to improve is to practice everyday and let your muscles open up gradually. If you are really struggling to grab underneath your feet you might have to start by putting your hands on the floor In front of you and work on straightening your legs first.
  • It is very important to get in touch with contracting your thigh muscles when your legs are straight because contracted thigh muscles will relax hamstrings.
  • If you are very flexible please make sure your body weight is forward towards your toes and not back in your heals or your risk over stretching your hamstrings.

Yoga Improves Return of Venous Blood…

Shoulder Stand

Upside down poses encourage venous blood from the legs and pelvis to flow back to the heart. Improved return of venous blood could help with such problems as swollen ankles. With better return of blood to the heart, the heart doesn’t have to work as hard. (source: Timothy McCall, M.D.)

Yoga Improves Function of the Feet…

The feet are the foundation of good posture. When they aren’t working properly, it can lead to problems in the ankles, knees, hips, lower back, and beyond. Many common foot problems, like fallen arches, can be improved and sometimes even corrected by regular practice of standing poses. (source: Timothy McCall, M.D.)

You may also be interested in prior post: Ground Your Feet

Yoga Improves Proprioception…

Proprioception is the ability to feel where your body is in space, even with your eyes closed. Most people with bad posture or dysfunctional movement patterns aren’t aware of what they are doing wrong, and their lack of awareness prevents them from making changes. The regular practice of asana, however, steadily builds the ability to perceive what your body is doing. Body awareness is part of the larger concept of awareness that is central to all yoga practice. With awareness comes the possibility of making different choices. As you become more aware to internal processes, you become more likely to notice subtle symptoms of serious disease at a stage when it may be more susceptible to treatment. Yogic awareness also allows you to tap into emotions earlier, to recognize, as Buddhists put it, “the spark before the flame.” This gives you more chance not to react impulsively out of anger or fear, to analyze feelings before a cascade of biochemical events sweeps you aware and you do something you might regret later. (source: Timothy McCall, M.D.)

Childs Pose…

There is within every human personality a child. Everyone can remember how it was to be a child, to feel the inner freedom of a child and to experience life in a simple way.

This inner child is very wise.

It feels CONNECTED to ALL LIFE.

It knows LOVE without question.

This inner child gets covered as we become adults and try to live by our rational minds only.

This limits us.

We all long for freedom – it is through the child that it will be gained.

– Barbara Ann Brennan “Hands of Light”