Balance and Proprioception

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From WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show:

Please Explain: Balance and Proprioception
March 14, 2008

“Find out about two senses we often take for granted - balance and proprioception (the sense that indicates body movement and placement). Science writer Sandra Blakeslee is author of the book The Body Has a Mind of Its Own: How Body Maps in Your Brain Help You Do (Almost) Everything Better. Scott McCredie is author of Balance: In Search of the Lost Sense.”



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Year of Yoga: Week 48

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Here is the third week of our final progression phase of the year. Remember that these sequences are just suggestions, so adapt them according to the time you have available. The Friday and Monday practices are restorative. If for any reason you feel unable to do the active practice on a given day, substitute one of these two, do only the quite practice, or rest completely.

If you find any given pose beyond you, think about ways to break the pose down into manageable variations. Perhaps practice the arms and legs separately. Use a simpler modification or use a prop to give you a taste of the pose. However you decide to approach a pose, NEVER PUSH YOURSELF BEYOND YOUR LIMITS. ALWAYS BE SAFE. When doing pranayama NEVER PUSH THE BREATH. If the breath becomes forced at any point, release and return to normal breathing. Pranayama is a subtle and powerful practice that should be approached with respect. Do not attempt pranayamas or poses that you have not been taught in class by a competent instructor.

Tuesday, November 25


Quiet Practice:

• Viparita Karani (Upside Down Pose) (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over a bolster (5 min)
• Meditation Practice (15-30 min)

Active Practice:

• Virasana (Hero Pose)
• Gomukhasana in Virasana (Cow Face Pose arms in Hero Pose)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Adho Mukha Vrkshasana (Hand Stand)
• Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Stand)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Urdhva Dandasana (Upward Staff Pose) (30 sec)
• Parshva Shirshasana (Side Head Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Parivrttaikapada Shirshasana (Revolved Single Leg Head Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Eka Pada Shirshasana (Single Leg Head Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Parshvaikapada Shirshasana (Single Leg to the Side Head Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Baddha Konasana Shirshasana (Bound Angle Pose in Head Stand) (20-30 sec)
• Upavishtha Konasana Shirshasana (Seated Angle Pose in Head Stand) (20-30 sec)
• Urdhva Dandasana (Upward Staff Pose) (30 sec)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Supta Virasana (Reclined Hero Pose) (3-5 min)
• Adho Mukha Ardha Padmasana (Downward Facing Half Lotus Pose)
• Adho Mukha Padmasana (Downward Facing Lotus Pose)
• Matsyasana (Fish Pose)
• Uttana Padma Mayurasana (Intense Stretch Lotus Peacock Pose) with block under sacrum
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 2 (Shoulder Stand 2) (20-30 sec)
• Niralamba Sarvangasana 1 (Unsupported Shoulder Stand 1) (20-30 sec)
• Niralamba Sarvangasana 2 (Unsupported Shoulder Stand 2) (20-30 sec)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (3-5 min)
• Karnapidasana (Pressure on the Ear Pose) (20-30 sec)
• Supta Konasana (Reclined Angle Pose) (20-30 sec)
• Parshva Halasana (Side Plough Pose) (20-30 sec each side)
• Parshva Karnapidasana (Side Pressure on the Ear Pose) (20-30 sec each side)
• Urdhva Padmasana (Upward Lotus Pose) (20-30 sec each side)
• Pindasana (Embryo Pose) (20-30 sec each side)
• Parshva Pindasana (Side Embryo Pose) (20-30 sec each side)
• Parshva Padamasana (Side Lotus Pose) (20-30 sec each side)
[Each crossing of the legs in the above Padmasana cycle in Sarvangasana can be done at one stretch.]
• Eka Pada Sarvangasana (Single Leg Shoulder Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Parshvaikpada Sarvangasana (Single Leg to the Side Shoulder Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Eka Pada Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Single Leg Bridge Pose in Shoulder Stand) (1-3 attempts)
• Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose in Shoulder Stand) (1-3 attempts)
• Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Stretch Pose) (1-3 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (10 min)

Wednesday, November 26


Quiet Practice:

• Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) with breath awareness (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over bolster with breath awareness (5 min)
• Meditation Practice (15 min)

Active Practice:

• Sukhasana (Comfortable Pose)
• Parvatasana in Sukhasana (Mountain Pose arms in Comfortable Pose)
• Adho Mukha Sukhasana (Downward Facing Comfortable Pose)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose)
• Parshvottanasana (Intense Side Stretch Pose)
• Uttanasana (Intense Stretch Pose)
• Prasarita Padottanasana 1 (Widespread Feet Pose 1)
• Adho Mukha Vrkshasana (Hand Stand)
• Pincha Mayurasana (Peacock Feather Pose)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Eka Pada Shirshasana (Single Leg Head Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Parshvaikapada Shirshasana (Single Leg to the Side Head Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Supta Padangusthasana 1 (Reclined Big Toe Pose 1)
• Supta Padangusthasana 2 (Reclined Big Toe Pose 2)
• Supta Padangusthasana 3 (Reclined Big Toe Pose 3)
• Setu Bandha (Bridge Pose) (3 min)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (3-5 min)
• Supta Konasana (Reclined Angle Pose) (20-30 sec)
• Eka Pada Sarvangasana (Single Leg Shoulder Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Parshvaikapada Sarvangasana (Single Leg to the Side Shoulder Stand)
• Maha Mudra (Great Seal)
• Janu Shirshasana (Head of the Knee Pose)
• Ardha Matsyendrasana 2 (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose 2)
• Ardha Baddha Padma Pashchimottanasana (Half Bound Lotus Intense West Stretch Pose)
• Adho Mukha Padmasana (Downward Facing Lotus Pose)
• Pindasana (Embryo Pose)
• Yoga Mudrasana (Yoga Seal Pose)
• Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Stretch Pose) (1-3 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (10 min)

Thursday, November 27


Quiet Practice:

• Parshva Bharadwajasana (Side Bharadwaja's Pose) over bolster with breath awareness (5 min each side)
• Meditation Practice (15 min)

Active Practice:

• Virasana (Hero Pose)
• Parvatasana in Virasana (Mountain Pose in Hero Pose)
• Bharawajasana 1 (Bharadwaja’s Pose 1)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Adho Mukha Vrkshasana (Hand Stand)
• Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Stand)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Baddha Konasana in Shirshasana (Bound Angle Pose in Head Stand) (60 sec)
• Upavishtha Konasana in Shirshasana (Seated Angle Pose in Head Stand) (60 sec)
• Malasana (Garland Pose)
• Triang Mukhaikapada Pashchimottanasana (Three Limbs Facing Single Leg Intense West Stretch Pose)
• Marichyasana 1 (Marichi’s Pose 1)
• Marichyasana 5 (Marichi’s Pose 5)
• Bharadwajasana 2 (Bahradwajasana’s Pose 2)
• Marichyasana 2 (Marichi’s Pose 2)
• Marichyasana 3 (Marichi’s Pose 3)
• Marichyasana 6 (Marichi’s Pose 6)
• Ardha Matsyendrasana 2 (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose 2)
• Marichyasana 4 (Marichi’s Pose 4)
• Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Tretch Pose) (1-3 min)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (3-5 min)
• Supta Konasana (Reclined Angle Pose) (20-30 sec)
• Eka Pada Sarvangasana (Single Leg Shoulder Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Parshvaikapada Sarvangasana (Single Leg to the Side Shoulder Stand)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (10 min)

Friday, November 28


Quiet Practice:

• Setu Bandha (Bridge Pose) over a bolster with breath awareness (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over bolster with breath awareness (5 min)
• Meditation Practice (15-30 min)

Restorative Practice:

• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose) (2 min)
• Jathara Parivartanasana (Belly Turning Pose) (90 sec each side)
• Parshva Bharadwajasana (Side Bharadwaja's Pose) over bolster (90 sec each side)
• Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand) in chair (5 min)
• Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) (3 min)
• Supta Virasana (Reclined Hero Pose) (3 min)
• Setu Bandha (Bridge Pose) (5 min)
• Viparita Karani (Upside Down Pose) (5 min)
• Ujjayi 4 (Victorious Breath 4) in Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5 min)
• Ujjayi 8 (Victorious Breath 8) in seated position (5 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (10 min)

Saturday, November 29


Quiet Practice:

• Viparita Karani (Upside Down Pose) with breath awareness (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over bolster with breath awareness (5 min)
• Meditation Practice (15-30 min)

Active Practice:

• Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) (any simple variation, 3-5 rounds)
• Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) (any challenging variation, 3-5 rounds)
• Supta Padangusthasana 1 (Reclined Big Toe Pose 1)
• Supta Padangusthasana 2 (Reclined Big Toe Pose 2)
• Supta Padangusthasana 3 (Reclined Big Toe Pose 3)
• Urdhva Prasarita Padasana (Upward Extend Feet Pose)
• Paripurna Navasana (Full Boat Pose)
• Ardha Navasana (Half Boat Pose)
• Jathara Parivartanasana (Belly Turning Pose)
• Adho Mukha Vrkshasana (Hand Stand)
• Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Stand)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (8-10 min)
• Supta Virasana (Reclined Hero Pose) (3-5 min)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Uttanasana (Intense Stretch Pose)
• Malasana (Garland Pose)
• Bakasana (Crow Pose)
• Pashasana (Noose Pose)
• Parshva Bakasana (Side Crow Pose)
• Shirshasana 2 (Head Stand 2) into Bakasana (Crow Pose)
• Shirshasana 2 (Head Stand 2) into Parshva Bakasana (Crow Pose)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Parivrtta Parshvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle Pose)
• Eka Pada Koundinyasana 1 (Single Leg Koundinya’s Pose 1)
• Supta Padangusthasana 2 (Reclined Big Toe Pose 2)
• Eka Pada Koundinyasana 2 (Single Leg Koundinya’s Pose 2)
• Eka Pada Koundinyasana 1 (Single Leg Koundinya’s Pose 1) into Eka Pada Koundinyasana 2 (Single Leg Koundinya’s Pose 2)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1) (8-10 min)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (3-5 min)
• Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) over a bolster (3-5 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose (10 min)

Sunday, November 30


Quiet Practice:

• Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) with breath awareness (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over bolster with breath awareness (5 min)
• Meditation Practice (15-30 min)

Active Practice:

• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Utthita Parshvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose)
• Vashisthasana 1 (Vashistha’s Pose 1)
• Chaturanga Dandasana 1 (Four-Limbed Staff Pose 1)
• Chaturanga Dandasana 2 (Four-Limbed Staff Pose 2)
• Virabhadrasana 1 (Warrior Pose 1)
• Adho Mukha Vrkshasana (Hand Stand)
• Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Stand)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Supta Virasana (Reclined Hero Pose) (5 min)
• Viparita Dandasana (Inverted Staff Pose) over a chair (3 min)
• Kapotasana (Pigeon Pose) over a chair (3 min)
• Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow Pose) with feet on a chair (2-3 attempts)
• Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana (Two leg Inverted Staff Pose) with feet on a chair (2-3 attempts)
• Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow Pose) (2-3 attempts)
• Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana (Two leg Inverted Staff Pose) (2-3 attempts)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Uttanasana (Intense Stretch Pose)
• Ardha Halasana (Half Plough Pose) on chair (5 min)
• Adho Mukha Sukhasana (Downward Facing Comfortable Pose) (90 sec each side)
• Parshva Bharadwajasana (Side Bahradwaja’s Pose) over bolster (90 sec each side)
• Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Stretch Pose) (3-5 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose)

Monday, December 1


Quiet Practice:

• Parshva Bharadwajasana (Side Bharadwaja’s Pose) over a bolster (3-5 min each side)
• Meditation Practice (15-30 min)

Restorative Practice:

• Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) (5 min)
• Setu Bandha (Bridge Pose) (5 min)
• Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand) on chair (5 min)
• Parshva Bharadwajasana (Side Bharadwaja's Pose) over bolster (3 min each side)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) with breath awareness (5 min)
• Ujjayi 4 (Victorious Breath 4) in Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5 min)
• Viloma 2 (Interrupted Breath 2) in Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5 min)
• Ujjayi 8 (Victorious Breath 8) in seated position (5 min)
• Viloma 5 (Interrupted Breath 5) in seated position (5 min)
• Nadhi Shodhana 1b (Alternate Nostil Breathing 1b) in seated position (5 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (10 min)

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Yoga Rag Round-Up: Yoga Journal (November 2008)

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favicon WAYS OF THE WARRIOR by Hillari Dowdle (p.74)

This is the kind of thing Yoga Journal should be doing more of. Ms. Dowdle examines the way Virabhadrasana 1 varies in different schools of yoga, focusing in particular on Iyengar, Ashtanga, Anusara, Kripalu and Viniyoga. Comparative discussions of different yoga schools often veer between "ours is the only right way of doing it" and "it's good, it's all yoga." Neither of these attitudes are particularly helpful. Here the approach is "this is what we do and why we do it," which is much more useful. YJ did an article like this on Utthita Trikonasana, Triangle Pose, some years ago: "The Right Triangle" by Todd Jones.

favicon BASICS: PARSVOTTANASANA" by Natasha Rizopoulos (p.56)

A breakdown of key points and variations for Intense Side Stretch Pose.

favicon HOME PRACTICE: INVITE QUIET WITH BARBARA BENAGH by Elizabeth Winter (p.65)

A basic/intermediate forward bend and twist practice.

favicon MASTER CLASS: SIRSASANA II TO BAKASANA by Maty Ezraty (p.87)

A simple and straightforward breakdown of this advanced transition from Head Stand 2 to Crow Pose.

favicon ANATOMY: YOUR BEST BREATH by Roger Cole (p.97)

A look at diaphragmatic breathing. Iyengar Yoga teacher and sleep research scientist Roger Cole has written several great anatomy-based articles for YJ. ("Yoga Shouldn't Hurt")

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In Our Time: Neuroscience

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From BBC Radio 4’s weekly show “In Our Time” presented by Melvyn Bragg:

“NEUROSCIENCE

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In the mid-19th century a doctor had a patient who had suffered a stroke. The patient was unable to speak save for one word. The word was ‘Tan’ which became his name. When Tan died, the doctor discovered damage to the left side of his brain and concluded that the ability to speak was housed there.

This is how neuroscience used to work – by examining the dead or investigating the damaged – but now things have changed. Imaging machines and other technologies enable us to see the active brain in everyday life, to observe the activation of its cells and the mass firing of its neuron batteries.

But what picture of the brain has emerged, how has our understanding of it changed and what are the implications for understanding that most mysterious and significant of all phenomena – the human mind?

Contributors

Martin Conway, Professor of Psychology at the University of Leeds

Gemma Calvert, Professor of Applied Neuroimaging at WMG, University of Warwick

David Papineau, Professor of Philosophy of Science at King’s College London”


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Year of Yoga: Week 47

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Here is the second week of our final progression phase of the year. Remember that these sequences are just suggestions, so adapt them according to the time you have available. The Friday and Monday practices are restorative. If for any reason you feel unable to do the active practice on a given day, substitute one of these two, do only the quite practice, or rest completely.

If you find any given pose beyond you, think about ways to break the pose down into manageable variations. Perhaps practice the arms and legs separately. Use a simpler modification or use a prop to give you a taste of the pose. However you decide to approach a pose, NEVER PUSH YOURSELF BEYOND YOUR LIMITS. ALWAYS BE SAFE. When doing pranayama NEVER PUSH THE BREATH. If the breath becomes forced at any point, release and return to normal breathing. Pranayama is a subtle and powerful practice that should be approached with respect. Do not attempt pranayamas or poses that you have not been taught in class by a competent instructor.

Tuesday, November 18


Quiet Practice:

• Viparita Karani (Upside Down Pose) (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over a bolster (5 min)
• Meditation Practice (15-30 min)

Active Practice:

• Sukhasana (Comfortable Pose)
• Parvatasana in Sukhasana (Mountain Pose arms in Comfortable Pose)
• Adho Mukha Sukhasana (Downward Facing Comfortable Pose)
• Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Parshvottanasana (Intense Side Stretch Pose)
• Uttanasana (Intense Stretch Pose) with the feet apart
• Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana (Revolved Half Moon Pose)
• Padangusthasana (Big Toe Pose)
• Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle Pose)
• Padahastasana (Hand Under Foot Pose)
• Parivrtta Parshvakonasana (Revolved Side Angle Pose)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Urdhva Dandasana (Upward Staff Pose) (20-30 sec)
• Parshva Shirshasana (Side Head Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Parivrttaikapada Shirshasana (Revolved Single Leg Head Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Eka Pada Shirshasana (Single Leg Head Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Parshvaikapada Shirshasana (Single Leg to the Side Head Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Setu Bandha (Bridge Pose) (3-5 min)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 2 (Shoulder Stand 1) (30 sec)
• Niralamba Sarvangasana 1 (Unsupported Shoulder Stand 1) (30 sec)
• Niralamba Sarvangasana 1 (Unsupported Shoulder Stand 1) (30 sec)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (3-5 min)
• Supta Konasana (Reclined Angle Pose) (30 sec)
• Parshva Halasana (Side Plough Pose) (30 sec)
• Eka Pada Sarvangasana (Single Leg Shoulder Stand) (30 sec)
• Parshvaikapada Sarvangasana (Single Leg to the Side Shoulder Stand) (30 sec)
• Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Stretch Pose) (1-3 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (10 min)

Wednesday, November 19


Quiet Practice:

• Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) with breath awareness (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over bolster with breath awareness (5 min)
• Meditation Practice (15 min)

Active Practice:

• Virasana (Hero Pose)
• Gomukhasana in Virasana (Cow Face Pose arms in Hero Pose)
• Adho Mukha Virasana (downward Facing Hero Pose)
• Supta Padangusthasana 1 (Reclined Big Toe Pose 1)
• Supta Padangusthasana 2 (Reclined Big Toe Pose 2)
• Supta Padangusthasana 3 (Reclined Big Toe Pose 3)
• Bharadwajasana 2 (Bharadwaja’s Pose 2)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Eka Pada Shirshasana (Single Leg Head Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Parshvaikpada Shirshasana (Single Leg to the Side Head Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Baddha Konasana in Shirshasana (Bound Angle Pose in Head Stand) (60 sec)
• Upavistha Konasana in Shirshasana (Seated Angle pose in Head Stand) (60 sec)
• Urdhva Dandasana (Upward Staff Pose) (30 sec)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Setu Bandha (Bridge Pose) (5 min)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 2 (Shoulder Stand 2) (30 sec)
• Niralamba Sarvangasana 1 (Unsupported Shoulder Stand 1) (30 sec)
• Niralamba Sarvangasana 2 (Unsupported Shoulder Stand 2) (30 sec)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (3-5 min)
• Urdhva Padmasana Shirshasana (Upward Lotus in Shoulder Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Pindasana Shirshasana (Embryo Pose in Shouler Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Parshva Pindasana Shirshasana (Side Embryo Pose in Shoulder Stand) (30 sec each side)
[Each crossing of the legs in the above Padmasana cycle in Sarvangasana can be done at one stretch.]
• Karnapidasana (Pressure on the Ear Pose) (30 sec)
• Janu Shirshasana (Head of the Knee Pose)
• Ardha Matsyendrasana 2 (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose 2)
• Ardha Baddha Padma Pashchimottanasana (Half Bound Lotus Intense West Stretch Pose)
• Adho Mukha Padmasana (Downward Facing Lotus Pose) OR Yoga Mudrasana (Yoga Seal Pose)
• Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Stretch Pose) (1-3 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (10 min)

Thursday, November 20


Quiet Practice:

• Parshva Bharadwajasana (Side Bharadwaja's Pose) over bolster with breath awareness (5 min each side)
• Meditation Practice (15 min)

Active Practice:

• Virasana (Hero Pose)
• Parvatasana in Virasana (Mountain Pose in Hero Pose)
• Bharawajasana 1 (Bharadwaja’s Pose 1)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Adho Mukha Vrkshasana (Hand Stand)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Eka Pada Shirshasana (Single Leg Head Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Parshvaikpada Shirshasana (Single Leg to the Side in Head Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Baddha Konasana in Shirshasana (Bound Angle Pose in Head Stand) (60 sec)
• Upavishtha Konasana in Shirshasana (Seated Angle Pose in Head Stand) (60 sec)
• Parivrttaikapada Shirshasana (Revolved Single Leg Head Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Bharadwajasana 2 (Bahradwajasana’s Pose 2)
• Marichyasana 1 (Marichi’s Pose 1)
• Malasana (Garland Pose)
• Bakasana (Crow Pose)
• Kurmasana (Tortoise Pose)
• Titthibasana (Firefly Pose)
• Supta Kurmasana (Sleeping Tortoise Pose)
• Bhujapidasana (Pressure on the Arms Pose)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (3-5 min)
• Karnapidasana (Pressure on the Ear Pose) (30 sec)
• Supta Konasana (Reclined Angle Pose) (30 sec)
• Parshva Halasana (Side Plough Pose) (30 sec each side)
• Parshva Karnaipdasana (Side Pressure on the Ear Pose) (30 sec each side)
• Urdhva Padmasana in Sarvangasana (Upward Lotus in Shoulder Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Pindasana in Sarvangasana (Embryo Pose in Shoulder Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Parshva Pindasana (Side Embryo Pose) (30 sec each side)
[Each crossing of the legs in the above Padmasana cycle in Sarvangasana can be done at one stretch.]
• Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Tretch Pose) (1-3 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (10 min)

Friday, November 21


Quiet Practice:

• Setu Bandha (Bridge Pose) over a bolster with breath awareness (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over bolster with breath awareness (5 min)
• Meditation Practice (15-30 min)

Restorative Practice:

• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose) (2 min)
• Jathara Parivartanasana (Belly Turning Pose) (90 sec each side)
• Parshva Bharadwajasana (Side Bharadwaja's Pose) over bolster (90 sec each side)
• Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand) in chair (5 min)
• Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) (3 min)
• Supta Virasana (Reclined Hero Pose) (3 min)
• Setu Bandha (Bridge Pose) (5 min)
• Viparita Karani (Upside Down Pose) (5 min)
• Ujjayi 4 (Victorious Breath 4) in Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5 min)
• Ujjayi 8 (Victorious Breath 8) in seated position (5 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (10 min)

Saturday, November 22


Quiet Practice:

• Viparita Karani (Upside Down Pose) with breath awareness (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over bolster with breath awareness (5 min)
• Meditation Practice (15-30 min)

Active Practice:

• Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) (any simple variation, 3-5 rounds)
• Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) (any challenging variation, 3-5 rounds)
• Urdhva Prasarita Padasana (Upward Extend Feet Pose)
• Paripurna Navasana (Full Boat Pose)
• Ardha Navasana (Half Boat Pose)
• Jathara Parivartanasana (Belly Turning Pose)
• Adho Mukha Vrkshasana (Hand Stand)
• Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Stand)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Urdhva Dandasana (Upward Staff Pose) (30 sec)
• Parshva Shirshasana (Side Head Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Parivrttaikada Shirshasana (Revolved Single Leg Head Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Eka Pada Shirshasana (Single Leg Head Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Parshvaikapada Shirshasana (Single Leg to the Side Head Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Marichyasana 3 (Marichi’s Pose 3)
• Marichyasana 6 (Marichi’s Pose 6)
• Ardha Matsyendrasana 1 (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose 1)
• Pashasana (Noose Pose)
• Parshva Bakasana (Side Crow Pose)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 2 (Shoulder Stand 2)
• Niralamba Sarvangasana 1 (Unsupported Shoulder Stand 1)
• Niralamba Sarvangasana 2 (Unsupported Shoulder Stand 2)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (3-5 min)
• Eka Pada Sarvangasana (Single Leg Shoulder Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Eka Pada Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Single Leg Bridge Pose in Shoulder Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose in Shoulder Stand) (3 attempts)
• Eka Pada Parshva Sarvangasana (Single Leg Side Shoulder Stand) (20 sec each side)
• Parshva Sarvangasana (Side Shoulder Stand) (20 sec each side)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose (10 min)

Sunday, November 23


Quiet Practice:

• Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) with breath awareness (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over bolster with breath awareness (5 min)
• Meditation Practice (15-30 min)

Active Practice:

• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Utthita Parshvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose)
• Vashisthasana 1 (Vashistha’s Pose 1)
• Chaturanga Dandasana 1 (Four-Limbed Staff Pose 1)
• Chaturanga Dandasana 2 (Four-Limbed Staff Pose 2)
• Virabhadrasana 1 (Warrior Pose 1)
• Adho Mukha Vrkshasana (Hand Stand)
• Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Stand)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Supta Virasana (Reclined Hero Pose) (5 min)
• Paryankasana (Couch Pose)
• Sayanasana (Pose of Repose)
• Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
• Ardha Bhekasana (Half Frog Pose)
• Bhekasana (Frog Pose)
• Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana 1 (Single Leg King Pigeon Pose 1)
• Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana 2 (Single Leg King Pigeon Pose 2)
• Padangustha Dhanurasana (Big Toe Bow Pose)
• Kapotasana (Pigeon Pose) over a chair
• Natarajasana (King Dancer Pose)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Uttanasana (Intense Stretch Pose)
• Ardha Halasana (Half Plough Pose) on chair (5 min)
• Adho Mukha Sukhasana (Downward Facing Comfortable Pose) (90 sec each side)
• Parshva Bharadwajasana (Side Bahradwaja’s Pose) over bolster (90 sec each side)
• Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Stretch Pose) (3-5 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose)

Monday, November 24


Quiet Practice:

• Parshva Bharadwajasana (Side Bharadwaja’s Pose) over a bolster (3-5 min each side)
• Meditation Practice (15-30 min)

Restorative Practice:

• Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) (5 min)
• Setu Bandha (Bridge Pose) (5 min)
• Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand) on chair (5 min)
• Parshva Bharadwajasana (Side Bharadwaja's Pose) over bolster (3 min each side)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) with breath awareness (5 min)
• Ujjayi 4 (Victorious Breath 4) in Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5 min)
• Viloma 2 (Interrupted Breath 2) in Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5 min)
• Ujjayi 8 (Victorious Breath 8) in seated position (5 min)
• Viloma 5 (Interrupted Breath 5) in seated position (5 min)
• Nadhi Shodhana 1b (Alternate Nostil Breathing 1b) in seated position (5 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (10 min)

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Muscles

From WNYC’s Leonard Lopate Show:

Please Explain: Muscles
August 01, 2008

“Please Explain is all about muscles! Find out how they function, how to strengthen them, and how they can break down. Dr. E. Todd Schroeder teaches clinical exercise physiology at the University of Southern California.”



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All Life On Earth...

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... apparently goes back to a chance encounter between two single-cell organisms, according to scientists. “An amoeba-like organism engulfed a bacterium that had developed the power to use sunlight to break down water to make oxygen.” Instead of digesting it, the amoeba-thingy made it part of itself to become “the ancestor of every tree, flowering plant and seaweed on Earth today."

That was some mighty powerful yoga going on there.

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Year of Yoga: Week 46

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Here is the first week of our final progression phase of the year. Remember that these sequences are just suggestions, so adapt them according to the time you have available. The Friday and Monday practices are restorative. If for any reason you feel unable to do the active practice on a given day, substitute one of these two, do only the quite practice, or rest completely.

If you find any given pose beyond you, think about ways to break the pose down into manageable variations. Perhaps practice the arms and legs separately. Use a simpler modification or use a prop to give you a taste of the pose. However you decide to approach a pose, NEVER PUSH YOURSELF BEYOND YOUR LIMITS. ALWAYS BE SAFE. When doing pranayama NEVER PUSH THE BREATH. If the breath becomes forced at any point, release and return to normal breathing. Pranayama is a subtle and powerful practice that should be approached with respect. Do not attempt pranayamas or poses that you have not been taught in class by a competent instructor.

Tuesday, November 11


Quiet Practice:

• Viparita Karani (Upside Down Pose) (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over a bolster (5 min)
• Meditation Practice (15-30 min)

Active Practice:

• Sukhasana (Comfortable Pose)
• Parvatasana in Sukhasana (Mountain Pose arms in Comfortable Pose)
• Adho Mukha Sukhasana (Downward Facing Comfortable Pose)
• Virabhadrasana 2 (Warrior Pose 2)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Utthita Parshvakonasana (Extedned Side Angle Pose)
• Uttanasana (Intense Stretch Pose) with the feet apart
• Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose)
• Padangusthasana (Big Toe Pose)
• Prasarita Padottanasana 1 (Wide Spread Feet Pose 1)
• Bharadwajasana 2 (Bharadwaja’s Pose)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Urdhva Dandasana (Upward Staff Pose) (20-30 sec)
• Parshva Shirshasana (Side Head Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Parivrttaikada Shirshasana (Revolved Single Leg Head Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Eka Pada Shirshasana (Single Leg Head Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Parshvaikapada Shirshasana (Single Leg to the Side Head Stand) (20-30 sec each side)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Setu Bandha (Bridge Pose) (3-5 min)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 2 (Shoulder Stand 1) (30 sec)
• Niralamba Sarvangasana 1 (Unsupported Shoulder Stand 1) (30 sec)
• Niralamba Sarvangasana 1 (Unsupported Shoulder Stand 1) (30 sec)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (3-5 min)
• Supta Konasana (Reclined Angle Pose) (30 sec)
• Parshva Halasana (Side Plough Pose) (30 sec)
• Eka Pada Sarvangasana (Single Leg Shoulder Stand) (30 sec)
• Parshvaikapada Sarvangasana (Single Leg to the Side Shoulder Stand) (30 sec)
• Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Stretch Pose) (1-3 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (10 min)

Wednesday, November 12


Quiet Practice:

• Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) with breath awareness (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over bolster with breath awareness (5 min)
• Meditation Practice (15 min)

Active Practice:

• Virasana (Hero Pose)
• Gomukhasana in Virasana (Cow Face Pose arms in Hero Pose)
• Adho Mukha Virasana (downward Facing Hero Pose)
• Supta Padangusthasana 1 (Reclined Big Toe Pose 1)
• Supta Padangusthasana 2 (Reclined Big Toe Pose 2)
• Supta Padangusthasana 3 (Reclined Big Toe Pose 3)
• Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Eka Pada Shirshasana (Single Leg Head Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Parshvaikpada Shirshasana (Single Leg to the Side Head Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Baddha Konasana in Shirshasana (Bound Angle Pose in Head Stand) (60 sec)
• Upavistha Konasana in Shirshasana (Seated Angle pose in Head Stand) (60 sec)
• Urdhva Dandasana (Upward Staff Pose) (30 sec)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Setu Bandha (Bridge Pose) (5 min)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 2 (Shoulder Stand 2) (30 sec)
• Niralamba Sarvangasana 1 (Unsupported Shoulder Stand 1) (30 sec)
• Niralamba Sarvangasana 2 (Unsupported Shoulder Stand 2) (30 sec)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (3-5 min)
• Urdhva Padmasana Shirshasana (Upward Lotus in Shoulder Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Pindasana Shirshasana (Embryo Pose in Shouler Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Parshva Pindasana Shirshasana (Side Embryo Pose in Shoulder Stand) (30 sec each side)
[Each crossing of the legs in the above Padmasana cycle in Sarvangasana can be done at one stretch.]
• Karnapidasana (Pressure on the Ear Pose) (30 sec)
• Janu Shirshasana (Head of the Knee Pose)
• Triang Mukhaikapada Pashchimottanasana (Three Limbs Facing Single Leg Intense West Stretch Pose)
• Ardha Baddha Padma Pashchimottanasana (Half Bound Lotus Intense West Stretch Pose)
• Adho Mukha Padmasana (Downward Facing Lotus Pose) OR Yoga Mudrasana (Yoga Seal Pose)
• Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Stretch Pose) (1-3 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (10 min)

Thursday, November 13


Quiet Practice:

• Parshva Bharadwajasana (Side Bharadwaja's Pose) over bolster with breath awareness (5 min each side)
• Meditation Practice (15 min)

Active Practice:

• Virasana (Hero Pose)
• Parvatasana in Virasana (Mountain Pose in Hero Pose)
• Bharawajasana 1 (Bharadwaja’s Pose 1)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Adho Mukha Vrkshasana (Hand Stand)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Eka Pada Shirshasana (Single Leg Head Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Parshvaikpada Shirshasana (Single Leg to the Side in Head Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Baddha Konasana in Shirshasana (Bound Angle Pose in Head Stand) (60 sec)
• Upavishtha Konasana in Shirshasana (Seated Angle Pose in Head Stand) (60 sec)
• Parivrttaikapada Shirshasana (Revolved Single Leg Head Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Bharadwajasana 2 (Bahradwajasana’s Pose 2)
• Ardha Matsyendrasana 2 (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose 2)
• Marichyasana 2 (Marichi’s Pose 2)
• Marichyasana 6 or F (Marichi’s Pose 6 or F)
• Ardha Matsyendrasana 1 (Half Lord of the Fishes Pose 1)
• Marichyasana 4 (Marishi’s Pose 4)
• Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose)
• Upavishtha Konasana (Seated Angle Pose)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (3-5 min)
• Karnapidasana (Pressure on the Ear Pose) (30 sec)
• Supta Konasana (Reclined Angle Pose) (30 sec)
• Parshva Halasana (Side Plough Pose) (30 sec each side)
• Parshva Karnaipdasana (Side Pressure on the Ear Pose) (30 sec each side)
• Urdhva Padmasana in Sarvangasana (Upward Lotus in Shoulder Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Pindasana in Sarvangasana (Embryo Pose in Shoulder Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Parshva Pindasana (Side Embryo Pose) (30 sec each side)
[Each crossing of the legs in the above Padmasana cycle in Sarvangasana can be done at one stretch.]
• Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Tretch Pose) (1-3 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (10 min)

Friday, November 14


Quiet Practice:

• Setu Bandha (Bridge Pose) over a bolster with breath awareness (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over bolster with breath awareness (5 min)
• Meditation Practice (15-30 min)

Restorative Practice:

• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose) (2 min)
• Jathara Parivartanasana (Belly Turning Pose) (90 sec each side)
• Parshva Bharadwajasana (Side Bharadwaja's Pose) over bolster (90 sec each side)
• Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand) in chair (5 min)
• Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) (3 min)
• Supta Virasana (Reclined Hero Pose) (3 min)
• Setu Bandha (Bridge Pose) (5 min)
• Viparita Karani (Upside Down Pose) (5 min)
• Ujjayi 4 (Victorious Breath 4) in Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5 min)
• Ujjayi 8 (Victorious Breath 4) in seated position (5 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (10 min)

Saturday, November 15


Quiet Practice:

• Viparita Karani (Upside Down Pose) with breath awareness (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over bolster with breath awareness (5 min)
• Meditation Practice (15-30 min)

Active Practice:

• Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) (any simple variation, 3-5 rounds)
• Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation) (any challenging variation, 3-5 rounds)
• Paripurna Navasana (Full Boat Pose)
• Ardha Navasana (Half Boat Pose)
• Urdhva Prasarita Padasana (Upward Extend Feet Pose)
• Jathara Parivartanasana (Belly Turning Pose)
• Adho Mukha Vrkshasana (Hand Stand)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Urdhva Dandasana (Upward Staff Pose) (30 sec)
• Parshva Shirshasana (Side Head Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Parivrttaikada Shirshasana (Revolved Single Leg Head Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Eka Pada Shirshasana (Single Leg Head Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Parshvaikapada Shirshasana (Single Leg to the Side Head Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Malasana (Garland Pose)
• Bakasana (Crow Pose)
• Bhujapidasana (Pressure on the Arms Pose)
• Titthibasaha (Firefly Pose)
• Eka Pada Koundinyasana 2 (Single Leg Koundinya’s Pose2)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 1 (Shoulder Stand 1)
• Salamba Sarvangasana 2 (Shoulder Stand 2)
• Niralamba Sarvangasana 1 (Unsupported Shoulder Stand 1)
• Niralamba Sarvangasana 2 (Unsupported Shoulder Stand 2)
• Halasana (Plough Pose) (3-5 min)
• Eka Pada Sarvangasana (Single Leg Shoulder Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Eka Pada Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Single Leg Bridge Pose in Shoulder Stand) (30 sec each side)
• Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose in Shoulder Stand) (3 attempts)
• Eka Pada Parshva Sarvangasana (Single Leg Side Shoulder Stand) (20 sec each side)
• Parshva Sarvangasana (Side Shoulder Stand) (20 sec each side)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose (10 min)

Sunday, November 13


Quiet Practice:

• Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) with breath awareness (5 min)
• Child’s Pose over bolster with breath awareness (5 min)
• Meditation Practice (15-30 min)

Active Practice:

• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Utthita Parshvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose)
• Virabhadrasana 1 (Warrior Pose 1)
• Adho Mukha Vrkshasana (Hand Stand)
• Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Stand)
• Salamba Shirshasana 1 (Head Stand 1) (5-10 min)
• Supta Virasana (Reclined Hero Pose) (5 min)
• Paryankasana (Couch Pose)
• Uttana Padasana (Face Up Pose)
• Sayanasana (Pose of Repose)
• Shalabhasana (Locust Pose)
• Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
• Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
• Parshva Dhanurasana (Side Bow Pose)
• Ardha Bhekasana (Half Frog Pose)
• Bhekasana (Frog Pose)
• Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana 1 (Single Leg King Pigeon Pose 1)
• Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana 2 (Single Leg King Pigeon Pose 2)
• Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana 3 (Single Leg King Pigeon Pose 3)
• Hanumanasana (Hanuman’s Pose)
• Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana 4 (Single Leg King Pigeon Pose 4)
• Padangustha Dhanurasana (Big Toe Bow Pose)
• Natarajasana (King Dancer Pose)
• Adho Mukha Shvanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose)
• Uttanasana (Intense Stretch Pose)
• Ardha Halasana (Half Plough Pose) on chair (5 min)
• Adho Mukha Sukhasana (Downward Facing Comfortable Pose) (90 sec each side)
• Parshva Bharadwajasana (Side Bahradwaja’s Pose) over bolster (90 sec each side)
• Pashchimottanasana (Intense West Stretch Pose) (3-5 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose)

Monday, November 17


Quiet Practice:

• Parshva Bharadwajasana (Side Bharadwaja’s Pose) over a bolster (3-5 min each side)
• Meditation Practice (15-30 min)

Restorative Practice:

• Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclined Bound Angle Pose) (5 min)
• Setu Bandha (Bridge Pose) (5 min)
• Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand) on chair (5 min)
• Parshva Bharadwajasana (Side Bharadwaja's Pose) over bolster (3 min each side)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) with breath awareness (5 min)
• Ujjayi 4 (Victorious Breath 4) in Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5 min)
• Viloma 1 (Interrupted Breath 1) in Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (5 min)
• Ujjayi 8 (Victorious Breath 8) in seated position (5 min)
• Viloma 4 (Interrupted Breath 4) in seated position (5 min)
• Nadhi Shodhana 1b (Alternate Nostil Breathing 1b) in seated position (5 min)
• Shavasana (Corpse Pose) (10 min)

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Web Round-Up

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favicon The State of New Jersey has introduced a bill to license yoga teachers and yoga studios. (Esutra)

favicon Washington State has begun to enforce a three-year-old ruling that requires yoga studios to charge 9% sales tax, with some studios being told they now owe three years of back taxes. (Teachstreet.com)

favicon Yoga teacher Celina Miller has started a new quarterly magazine and website called YogaMom. “YogaMom has a little bit of yoga, and a lot of healthy-living, lifestyle focus. It's about real moms looking for realistic tips. It's not all granola,” she tells Connie Baggett of the Clarksdale Press Register. (Source: Montgomery Advertiser)

favicon An Australian study has found that activities that cause sustained pressure spikes in the eyes, such as Salamba Shirshasana (Head Stand), could make certain eye diseases such as Glaucoma worse. This is not really news, though, as such contraindications should be known by any properly-trained yoga teacher, but I thought the list of other activities that increase eye pressure was interesting: playing the trumpet or other wind instrument, swimming with goggles on, weight-lifting, doing sit-ups on a slant board, rubbing your eyes, and even sleeping face down. (The Australian)

favicon A study at John Hopkins University in Baltimore has found that women with Rheumatoid Arthritis can be helped by yoga poses (with appropriate modifications), pranayama (breathing) and deep relaxation. (Healthnews.com)

favicon The National Fatwa Council in Malaysia is considering a ban on yoga for the nations nearly 18 million Muslims. (International Herald Tribune)

favicon Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation has donated $850,000 to New York’s Beth Israel Medical Center to combine yoga techniques with conventional medical therapies for a number of their non-terminal cancer patients in a year-long experiment. (New York Times)


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