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How to Do Compass Pose in Yoga

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Have you ever felt lost and had to use your best judgment to find your way? Compass Pose, or Parvritta Surya Yantrasana, is one of those yoga poses you have to use your inner navigation to find your way through. There are many places in the journey to this pose where you can get stuck. We are going to help you unlock your body to experience Compass Pose in this next series. What's going on here? Two of the most challenging aspects of this posture are hamstring and side body flexibility. Stretching of the side body is often overlooked in...

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Slide Into Your Split: Mastering Hanumanasana

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By now you have probably been working pretty diligently at getting better at your splits, or full Hanumanasa aka “Monkey Pose”. Check out last week’s article here for some tips if you missed it.  So far we have worked on the adductors in a kinesiological stretch and worked with some blocks to support the pose. Now we are going to test whether we may need to stretch the front leg or the back leg more- namely, the hamstrings and the hip flexors. We call this a Structural vs Functional Split. Here is how we can test this: Give yourself a...

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Hanumanasana Problem Solving

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How did last week’s stretch go? Are you any closer to achieving Hanumanasa, a full square front split? Check out last week’s article if you missed it here!  If you are not advancing, there is always a reason why. Let’s look at some common problems that many people run into when doing last week’s exercise called ~Reverence~ that targets the adductors of the back leg. The Torso A common mistake that many people make is not dropping the torso closer to the floor. Instead, you may be lifting the torso up when you lift the heel up. It is important...

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Take a Leap of Faith: How to Hanumanasana

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Achieving the full split with completely square hips in yoga is something that many yogis seek. The posture is named after the Hindu monkey god named Hanuman. The story of this posture comes from the great Indian epic the Ramayana, where Hanuman leaps across the ocean to an island to rescue a captured queen. It is truly an act of devotion! If you are ready to devote yourself to becoming better at the splits, then look no further. This week we will dissect what all you need to get into Hanumanasana. Many people who are working on their splits primarily focus...

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Get Your Heels Down in Downward Facing Dog

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How to Increase Dorsiflexion through Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana) Being an athlete requires a particular level of range of motion in the ankles that allows for fluid and speedy movement. Dancers use the flexibility of their ankles to be longer, taller and grander en pointe. A dancers’ plantar flexion is strengthened in order to make these gains. Athletes need ankle stability and flexibility for rapid reaction times to change positions and to move throughout a game or sport.  With athletes, dorsiflexion is often overlooked and the focus on the hamstring flexibility is emphasized. Dorsiflexion is necessary in order...

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