My niece took several incredible photos of me practicing yoga. I decided that I should use these photos to help teach and explain Asana (the poses of yoga). I will share one yoga pose per week, and some of the benefits of each pose. I hope to inspire my readers and friends to study and practice the poses, but remember Asana is only one of the limbs of Yoga..
And the first pose is: Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana (Revolved Half Moon Pose)
This is a challenging balancing and twisting pose, that both strengthens and detoxifies.
There are several ways to come into this pose, but for most of the classes I teach, we come into the pose from a forward fold (Uttanasana).
In your forward fold, transfer the weight into the left leg.
Slowly lift the right leg, keep both hands on the mat, as you begin to balance.
When the body feels stable, begin to twist to the left from deep in the core and slowly lift the left arm.
The shoulders stack, left on top of the right.
The arms stretch in equal but opposite directions
The hips and buttocks are squared and level to the floor.
The gaze is focused and strong.
The breath is steady.
Stay in the pose for 10-15 breaths.
Slowly come out of the pose and into Uttanasana (forward fold).
Make sure you do both sides!
Have a beautiful and balanced day. ~Yogini Tiff
This photo was taken in front of the Gruta do Figueiral, on the island of Santa Maria, Azores. Photo by Diana Melo