Asana Practice Archive

Chair Yoga on Youtube

If you are seeking ways to use your yoga chair, this sequence from Olga will provide excellent instruction on use of the hips during asana. Beginners to experienced yogis will find this practice thoughtful and strengthening. Thank you Olga for an amazing practice!  

Headstand Bench – Easy and Fun

The Ananda Headstand Bench is very easy for people of all ages and abilities to use.   Place the bench against the wall with the U-shaped opening facing you.   Kneel in front of the bench with your hands on the arm rails. Bend your head into the

10 Reasons to Do a Headstand Every Day

10. Relieve stress In Yoga, headstands are aptly classified as an “inversion”, both in the literal sense of inverting your body, and in the spiritual sense of turning your attention inwards. Headstand helps you to draw your attention inwards and is extremely helpful if you are having anxiety,

Headstand for the Injured or Fearful

As a beginner yogi I dreaded headstand. We were all expected to at least try and I recall sort of flinging my body at the wall and then wriggling like worm as my mind struggled to process what was going on. For the beginner yogi there is indeed

Sirsasana, “King of all Asanas”

In Light on Yoga, BKS Iyengar wrote: “The ancient books have called Sirsasana the king of all asanas and the reasons are not hard to find. When we are born, normally the head comes out first and then the limbs. The skull encases the the brain, which

Sit a lot? Need better posture?

By far this is one of the best YouTube videos I have found to improve spinal alignment and posture… Yoga with Olga – Improve Your Posture

Yoga Chair News

Senior Intermediate Iyengar yoga teacher Carrie Owerko has announced an upcoming series of videos based on her “combinatory play” with the chair. Her blog post A Chair is Not A Chair – How I Learned to Engage in Combinatory Play, provides some details.

Triangle Pose – Utthita Trikonasana

Utthita (extended, stretched) trikonasana (three angles=trinagle)  – Triangle pose To do triangle pose with a chair: 1. position chair in the middle of the back of the mat with its back facing the mat. 2. beginning with wide legs in front of the chair, turn one foot

Yoga. Creator of Joy?

I have a tendency to take everything a bit too seriously.. including my yoga practice. So in the middle of class when a yoga instructor encouraged everyone to smile… “to show the joy we feel as we practice,” I thought she was crazy. Smiling seemed incompatible with

Children and Headstand

  Children love to go upside down but often lack the coordination to get up into a headstand. It’s a calming pose for the mind and one I would love my children to master! However following exact directions to get into the pose safely is not exactly where they