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The Camel Pose – Ushtrasana

It is strange to think that there were camels in North America, traipsing around North Dakota with their humpbacks and bad attitudes. They hung on until the end of the Pleistocene era and were called Camelops, a name reminiscent of a Dr. Seuss character, or a Camel that is stepping …

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The Couch Pose – Paryankasana

  This pose may not seem so comfy or one that will allow for a quick snooze, but it offers a tremendous opening, with ease, when done supported. This pose is like supta virasana, and requires flexibility in the knees and ankles. If you are unable to do virasana, then …

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Poses for the Throat Chakra

In most anatomical discussions relating to the body and movement, the esophagus often gets ignored. Yet the role of the esophagus is critical, for it is the beginning of the GI (gastro-intestinal) tract. It passes from the back of the oral cavity to the stomach and is 9-10 in. or …

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Latissimus Dorsi

This muscle resembles a cape, for its shape is wide and triangular. Yet rather than this cape draping from the shoulders, it sweeps upward from the lower back. It is a muscle that joins the back body and side body, thus it is part of the dorsal and lateral sheaths …

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The “Big Toe”

The big toe joint is one of the most important I the body in respect to balance, stamina, and virility. The big toe is crucial, for it is part of the inner foot complex, home to the medial arch. So many people struggle with flat feet, which may cause compression …

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Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana

Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana translates as the One-legged Royal Pigeon Pose. It sounds a bit strange, “the Royal Pigeon”, for the pigeons we all encounter in and around the city center are but a nuisance and downright dirty. The common pigeon is hardly royal, more like a pauper. The Pauper …

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Lift Your Chest, Open Your Heart!

In various schools of yoga there is tremendous emphasis on lifting the chest to open the heart. “Lift your sternum, raise your chest upward, do not collapse your frontal ribs…pin your shoulder blades down your back, raise your front spine, expand your heart…” These directives, although effective for opening the …

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Tongue The tongue is vital to digestion. It is a “freely moveable muscular organ” and it is the first organ of digestion. The back of the tongue is attached to the hyoid bone and to the epiglottis. Below the hyoid is the thyroid and parathyroid glands. The thyroid is considered …

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Dhanura refers to the bow of an archer and in this pose the spine is curved like a bow. The challenge is to avoid compression in the lumbar spine and pressure on the knees. Precede with other “belly back-bends” like cobra (bhujangasana), locust (shalabhasana) and frog (eka pada bhekasana). Begin …

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