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Practiced as a starting position for standing poses, in between standing poses, or by itself to improve posture.
Nowadays we simply shoo pigeons away from our public gathering places. But in Vedic times, 3,000 years ago, the pigeon was a bird of ill omen, the messenger of the goddess Nirriti, a personification of misfortune, misery, and death.
One of three revolved variations of standing poses.
The head, torso, and legs hang from and balance on the hands like the pans of an old-fashioned scale.
Vrksasana clarifies just how challenging it can be to stand on one leg.
What's really being commemorated in this pose's name, and held up as an ideal for all practitioners, is the "spiritual warrior."
Customarily entered from Virabhadrasana I. Here we'll move into the pose from a high lunge position.
In the full pose the arms are wrapped around the squatting legs and the hands are clasped behind the back, forming a "noose."
Intensifies the stretch in the thighs and ankles of its upright version.
Usually a counterpose to Trikonasana. Also a preparation for seated forward bends and twists.
When you practice Standing Splits focus on the stretch in your quad and hamstring, not how high you can lift your leg.
Purvottanasana counteracts the effects of Chaturanga by stretching the pectoralis major, pectoralis minor, and anterior deltoids.
Named for a fierce warrior, an incarnation of Shiva, this version of Warrior Pose increases stamina.
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