Monday, 20 November 2017

11 yoga asana beach photos taken in Rishikesh India

Vrksasana, Tree pose.

Anjaneyasana, Low lunge

Chakrasana, Wheel pose with variation. Go easy on your back in any deep backbends. There should be no compression of the spine, and legs should always be engaged.

Natarajasana, Dancer’s pose

Ustrasana, Camel pose

Adho Mukha Vrksasana, Handstand and Pincha Mayurasana with bent legs. These asanas teach me to enjoy the process. It took me about four years to be able to do a forearm balance, not that yoga is ever about accomplishing any asanas. It’s just about working with your body and mind in the moment. Every morning, I’ve been working on my handstands, doing jumps against the wall. I’m still not quite there yet, but that’s OK. Process process process.

Hanumanasana, the splits
Hanumanasana, the Splits. Any asana that deeply stretches the Psoas feels sooo good. Try Pigeon pose, if you’re not able to get into the splits.

Partner yoga asanas
Strike a pose. Hand balance on Adho Mukha Svanasana, Downward Facing Dog

Hand balance on Adho Mukha Svanasana, Downward Facing Dog.

Sirsasana, Headstand. Kind of the asanas, according to the Hatha Yoga Pradipika.
Sirsasana, Headstand. Kind of the asanas. If you can hold the headstand well, finishing your practice by meditating in this asana will feel amazing. Or, try legs against the wall pose with a sandbag balanced on your feet for similar benefits.

P.S. And finally, although I think there’s a place to photograph yoga asanas (this was a really fun afternoon), I also think it’s important to remember that yoga is a philosophy and asanas are just one small section, but really though, yoga can be applied to all areas of your life if you practise whatever you’re doing with awareness and mindfulness.

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