Baddha Konasana, aka Bound Angle Pose, is a relaxing stretch that opens the thighs, groin and knees. Traditional texts claim that it reduces fatigue and destroys all disease. This is pose is always a wonderful way to begin to wind down a rigorous class as these yogis here are doing.
The earlier you get up, the more time you have in your day to get everything done, which, like yoga lessens stress levels. So, join me Thursday morning at 6:30am @sanghayogashala to watch the sunrise as you open your body and mind to the infinite possibilities of the day ahead. See you there!
Half Bound Triangle is a major favorite of mine and almost always included in my classes. A deep chest, hamstring and hip opener but also a leg and core strengthener, this pose has got it all. Expect to explore this pose in both my Thursday classes listed below.
6:30am - @sanghayogashala
7pm - @lucentyoga
Get onto your hands and knees, with your palms directly under your shoulders, and your knees directly under your hips and hip-distance width apart. Keep a flat back, and you’re now in the standard table pose (neutral spine).
From here, lift your right arm and hold it straight in front of your and parallel to the ground. When your have your balance, lift your left leg straight behind you and parallel to the ground.
If balance is an issue, your can stay here. Hold for 30-60 seconds, return your leg and then arm to the ground, and repeat on the other side.
If you are steady and balanced in the pose, then do crunches in the pose by bringing in your elbow and knee toward your belly button. This should be a controlled movement and focused on your ab muscles. Inhale as you extend your limbs and exhale as you bring them toward your belly. Repeat 10-15 times and then complete on the other side.
The snow may be beautiful, but trudging around in it with the added freezing temperatures makes your body tight and feel out of whack. So join me this weekend in Williamsburg or Greenpoint to realign, let go of workweek stress and perhaps burn some extra calories in advance of the upcoming Valentines’s Day chocolate onslaught. Times and studios listed below.
Sat 11am - @sanghayogashala
Sat 4:30pm - @lucentyoga
Sun 5pm - @sanghayogashala