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In the full pose the arms are wrapped around the squatting legs and the hands are clasped behind the back, forming a "noose."
Marichi is the Vedic Adam, and the "father" of humanity.
Usually a counterpose to Trikonasana. Also a preparation for seated forward bends and twists.
Sphinx Pose is the infant of backbends. It can be practiced with either an active or passive approach.
Can you practice Wheel with straight arms and Headstand without strain? Then, you're ready.
Customarily entered from Virabhadrasana I. Here we'll move into the pose from a high lunge position.
The pose as described here is technically known as Prasarita Padottanasana I.
Deep backbend that puffs the chest, making a yogi resemble a pigeon.
Provides relief from backache and stretches the hips, hamstrings, and calves.
This side-reclining pose stretches the backs of the legs, the sides of the torso, and tones the belly.
Uttanasana will wake up your hamstrings and soothe your mind.
Purvottanasana counteracts the effects of Chaturanga by stretching the pectoralis major, pectoralis minor, and anterior deltoids.
A good preparation for most of the seated forward bends, twists, and the wide-leg standing poses.
One poetic translation of this pose means "the ecstatic unfolding of the enraptured heart."
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