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Fresh Take Friday: Sit on the earth

Happy Friday! For today's post, let's take a fresh look at your basic seated posture. In Sanskrit, the word asana, which we often translate as "pose", actually means "seat" - so a simple seated pose might very well be the original asana. In Western cultures where we've transitioned away from sitting directly on the floor,… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Sit on the earth

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Fresh Take Friday: Cat-Cow

Cow Pose (Bitilasana) on the top; Cat Pose (Marjariasana) on the bottom Cat-Cow is a common movement both in the yoga world and in other movement modalities. This flowing series is most often done on all fours. In Cow Pose (Bitilasana), the spine is in extension or a backbend, with the belly descending towards the… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Cat-Cow

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Fresh Take Friday: Balasana (Child’s Pose)

Happy Friday, everyone! Today, let's take a fresh look at coming out of Balasana, or Child's Pose. Balasana is a pose that is commonly used as a place of rest in many yoga classes. I want to look specifically at how we exit this pose today, but before we get into that, I think it's… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Balasana (Child’s Pose)

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Fresh Take Friday: Supta Padangusthasana Part 4

Happy Friday! Today we’re concluding our look at Supta Padangusthasana, or Reclined Hand-To-Big-Toe Pose. If you missed the previous articles in this series, you can catch up on those here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3. While this is a pose we often think of as a hamstring stretch, there are a lot of other things you… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Supta Padangusthasana Part 4

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Fresh Take Friday: Supta Padangusthasana Part 3

Happy Friday! Today we're continuing our look at Supta Padangusthasana, or Reclined Hand-To-Big-Toe Pose. If you missed the previous articles in this series, you can catch up on those here: Part 1, Part 2. While this is a pose we often think of as a hamstring stretch, there are a lot of other things you… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Supta Padangusthasana Part 3

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Fresh Take Friday: Supta Padangusthasana Part 2

Happy Friday! Today we're continuing our look at Supta Padangusthasana, or Reclined Hand-To-Big-Toe Pose. If you missed Part 1 of this series, you can catch up on that here. While this is a pose we often think of as a hamstring stretch, there are a lot of other things you can explore in this shape.… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Supta Padangusthasana Part 2

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Fresh Take Friday: Supta Padangusthasana Part 1

Happy Friday! Today, we're taking a fresh look at Supta Padangusthasana (Reclined Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose). This is a common pose done lying on the back. One leg is extended into the air, usually either with a strap around the foot or holding the big toe in the fingers. This is often thought of as a hamstring… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Supta Padangusthasana Part 1

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Fresh Take Friday: Twists

Photo by Cliff Booth on Pexels.com Happy Friday! Today we're taking a fresh look at how we're doing twists. Twisting, or spinal rotation, shows up in a variety of yoga poses - standing, seated, and lying down. Like many yoga poses, we often approach twists with the idea that more is better. To twist more… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Twists

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Fresh Take Friday: Can You Feel Your Hip Flexors?

One of the most common requests I get from yoga students is "hip openers". A lot of people report that the hips feel tight, stiff, or limiting - and it can feel really good to get a stretch sensation in this area. But what does it mean to "open" the hips? The hip is a… Continue reading Fresh Take Friday: Can You Feel Your Hip Flexors?