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There are two interpretations of the Sanskrit Janu Sirsasana, Head-to-Knee and Head-of-the-Knee. The former emphasizes the forward bend. The latter refers to the "head" of the bent knee that you use press away from you to assist the forward bend.
Sphinx Pose is the infant of backbends. It can be practiced with either an active or passive approach.
This version of Shoulderstand is performed with blanket support under the shoulders.
Urdhva Hastasana literally translates to "Raised Hands Pose," but it is also sometimes called Talasana, the Palm Tree Pose (tala = palm tree).
The pose as described here is technically known as Prasarita Padottanasana I.
Paschimottanasana can help a distracted mind unwind.
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.
Upward-Facing Dog will challenge you to lift and open your chest.
One poetic translation of this pose means "the ecstatic unfolding of the enraptured heart."
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