Entries by Christina Jagusiak

Plough pose

Halasana Lie in the PMA2 Base Position. Straighten the legs to vertical and position them over the body towards the head. Press the arms into the floor and raise the buttocks. Simultaneously curl the pelvis and lift the back away from the floor. Take the legs over the head and lower the toes to the […]

Spine & Back Pose

Meru prishthasana Stand with the feet about shoulder width apart and have the toes turned slightly out to the sides. Place the fingers of both hands on the shoulders with the elbows pointing out to the sides. Twist the upper torso to the right as far as comfortable then return to centre. Twist the upper […]

Locked Hand Raising Pose

Bandha Hasta Uttanasana Stand with the feet together and arms beside the body. Balance the weight of the body equally on both feet. Cross the wrists in front of the body. Slowly raise the arms above the head, keeping the wrists crossed. Simultaneously, raise the head to gaze at the hands. Spread the arms out […]

Bow & Arrow Pose

Akarna dhanurasana Stand with the feet shoulder width apart and the arms beside the body. Take a small step forward with the right leg. Make a fist with the right hand and raise the arm in front of the body slightly above eye level, inline with the right foot. Make a fist with the left […]

Cow’s face pose

Gomukhasana Begin sitting in Hero’s Meditation Pose (Dhyana Veerasana) with the right leg on top. Stretch the right arm up towards the ceiling, bend the right elbow and lower the right hand down the centre of the back. Take the left arm out to the left side, bend the elbow and move the left arm […]

Lizzard

Utthan prishthasana Lie on the stomach with the arms crossed underneath the chest and hold the upper arms with the hands. Separate the feet slightly and tuck the toes under. Place the chin on the floor if comfortable or have the head slightly raised and gaze forward. Keep the elbows and knees firmly planted into […]

Wind releasing Pose

Vayu Nishkasana Squat with the feet flat on the floor a comfortable distance apart. Ensure the knees are in line with the toes and bend them fully. Hold the insteps of feet with the hands by placing the fingers under the soles and the thumbs above. Have the upper arms pressing against the inside of […]

Eagle pose

Garudasana Stand with the feet together and the arms beside the body. Find a point in front of the body to fix the gaze. Bend both knees slightly and slowly transfer the weight onto the left leg. Raise the right leg and twist it around the left. Point the right toes toward the floor then […]

Position 7 – Inhale

Cobra pose Bhujangasana Keep the hands and feet in the same position. Slide the chest forward and raise the head. Simultaneously lower the hips and pelvis to the floor. Keep the pubic bone on the floor and straighten the arms to a comfortable position. Lengthen and stretch the spine into a backwards curve, directing the […]

Position 6 – Retain out

Eight point salute Ashtanga Namaskara Keep the hands and feet in the same position. Lower the knees chest and chin simultaneously to the floor, allow the heels to rise, the balls of the toes remain in contact with the floor. Keeping the chest between the hands tuck the elbows into the sides of the body. […]

Position 5 – Exhale

Mountain pose Parvatasana Lower the palms to the floor. Keep the right foot still and step the left foot back to beside the right. Simultaneously, raise the buttocks and lower the head between the arms so that the body forms a triangle. Lift the tail bone upwards, lengthen and straighten the arms and spine. Keep […]

Position 4 – Inhale

Equestrian Pose Ashwa Sanchalanasana Extend the right leg back and lower the knee to the floor. Keep the left foot between the hands, ensure the left shin is at a 90 degree angle with the floor. Press the pelvis down and lengthen the spine. Draw the shoulder blades together slightly to open the chest. Keep […]

Position 3 – Exhale

Hand to foot pose Padahastanana Stand upright. Keep the back, head and arms straight and bend forward from the hips. Bring the abdomen in contact with the thighs, draw the head towards the shins and simultaneously place the hands on the floor either sides of the feet. [tabs style="default"] [/tabs]

Half spinal twist

Ardha matsyendrasana Sit in the Seated Base Position (Prarambhik Sthiti). Bend the right knee and place the sole of the right foot on the floor to the outside of the left knee. Bend the left leg and bring the foot around to rest beside the right buttock. Twist around to the right and take the […]

Spinal twist

Meru Wakrasana Sit in the Seated Base Position (Prarambhik Sthiti). Bend the right knee and place the sole of the right foot on the floor to the outside of the left thigh. Turn the torso to the left and place the left hand on the floor behind the body towards the right buttock and have […]

Flapping Fish

Matsya kridasana Lie on the stomach. Interlock the fingers and place them under the head. Bend the left leg sideways and bring the left knee close to the left ribs. Keep the right leg straight along the floor. Swivel the arms to the left and rest the left elbow near the left knee. Lay the […]

Crocodile

Makrasana Lie on the stomach. Straighten the legs and position the big toes together with the heels falling out to the sides. Raise the head and shoulders and rest the chin in the palms of the hands with the elbows on the floor. Adjust the position of the elbows to a comfortable position. Close the […]

Superior Posture

Jyestikasana Lie on the stomach. Have the legs straight and feet together. Rest the forehead on the floor. Interlock the fingers and place the palms of the hands on the back of the head or neck. Soften the elbows to the floor. Close the eyes and consciously relax the whole body. [tabs style="default"] [/tabs]

Reversed Corpse Pose

Advasana Lie on the stomach. Stretch the arms above the head with the palms facing downward. Rest the forehead on the floor. Ensure the head, neck and spine are aligned. Maintain a comfortable distance between the legs. Mentally relax the spine and torso. [tabs style="default"] [/tabs]

Corpse Pose

Shavasana Lie flat on the back. Place the arms beside the body, not quite touching, with the palms turned up. Separate the legs and allow the feet to fall naturally to the sides. Ensure that the head, neck and spine are in alignment. Close the eyes and lips and relax the whole body. Breathing Natural […]

Auspicious Pose

Swastikasana Sit in the Seated Base Position (Prarambhik Sthiti). Bend the left knee and place the sole of the left foot against the inside of the right thigh, so there is minimal contact between the heel and the perineum. Bend the right knee and place the right foot in the space between the left thigh […]

Auspicious Pose Variation

Swastikasana Variation Sit in the Seated Base Position (Prarambhik Sthiti). Bend the left knee and place the sole of the left foot against the inside of the right thigh. Similarly, bend the right knee and place the heel of the right foot on the floor in front of the left shin. Adjust the feet so […]

Hero’s Meditation Pose

Dhyana veerasana Sit in the Seated Base Position (Prarambhik Sthiti). Bend the left leg underneath the right leg so that the left heel is touching the right buttock. Bring the right leg over the top of the bent left leg so that the right heel is touching the buttock. Adjust the right knee so that […]

Lotus

Padmasana Sit in the Seated Base Position (Prarambhik Sthiti). Slowly and carefully bend one leg and place the foot on top of the opposite thigh. Have the sole of that foot facing upwards and the heel close to the pubic bone. Once comfortable, bend the other leg and place the foot on top of the […]

Half Lotus

Ardha Padmasana Sit in the Seated Base Position (Prarambhik Sthiti). Bend one leg and place the sole of the foot on the inside of the opposite thigh. Bend the other leg and place the foot on top of the opposite thigh. Without strain, place the upper heel as close to the abdomen as comfortable. Rest […]

Easy Pose

Sukasana Sit in the Seated Base Position (Prarambhik Sthiti). Bend one leg and place the foot under the opposite thigh. Bend the other leg and place the foot under the opposite thigh. Rest the hands on the knees in chin or jnana mudra. Ensure the head, neck and back are upright and straight. Close the […]

Position 13 – Inhale

Raised arms pose Hasta Utthanasana Align the spine and neck. Keep the arms and back straight, engage the core muscles, rotate from the hips and raise the head and torso upright. Simultaneously extend the arms out to the sides to form a large circle, symbolizing the full moon. Stretch all the way up then arch […]

Position 11 – Retain in

Half moon pose Ardha Chandrasana Raise the hands from the ground and join the palms together in front of the sternum. Once balanced lift the arms above the head and simultaneously, arch the back and gaze up. Hold for a few seconds then extend the arms out to the sides of the body and lower […]

Position 10 – Inhale

Equestrian Pose Ashwa Sanchalanasana Step forward with the left foot, bend the knee and position the foot between the hands. Simultaneously lower the right knee to the floor. Keep the left foot between the hands and lunge forward. Press the pelvis down and extend the body up and back as far as is comfortable. Lift […]

Position 9 – Exhale

Mountain pose Parvatasana Keep the hands and feet in the same position. Push down through the hands and toes. Raise the buttocks and lower the head between the arms so that the body forms a triangle. Lift the tail bone up, lengthen and straighten the arms and spine. Keep the knees soft and relax the […]

Position 8 – Inhale

Cobra pose Bhujangasana Keep the hands and feet in the same position. Slide the chest forward and raise the head. Simultaneously lower the hips and pelvis to the floor. Keep the pubic bone on the floor and straighten the arms to a comfortable position. Lengthen and stretch the spine into a backwards curve, directing the […]

Position 7 – Retain out

Eight point salute Ashtanga Namaskara Keep the hands and feet in the same position. Lower the knees chest and chin simultaneously to the floor, allow the heels to rise, the balls of the toes remain in contact with the floor. Keeping the chest between the hands tuck the elbows into the sides of the body. […]

Position 6 – Exhale

Mountain pose Parvatasana Lower the palms to the floor. Keep the right foot still and step the left foot back to beside the right. Simultaneously, raise the buttocks and lower the head between the arms so that the body forms a triangle. Lift the tail bone upwards, lengthen and straighten the arms and spine. Keep […]

Position 5 – Retain in

Half moon pose Ardha Chandrasana Raise the hands from the ground and join the palms together in front of the sternum. Once balanced lift the arms above the head and simultaneously, arch the back and gaze up. Hold for a few seconds then extend the arms out to the sides of the body and lower […]

Position 4 – Inhale

Equestrian Pose Ashwa Sanchalanasana Extend the right leg back and lower the knee to the floor. Keep the left foot between the hands, ensure the left shin is at a 90 degree angle with the floor. Press the pelvis down and lengthen the spine. Draw the shoulder blades together slightly to open the chest. Keep […]

Position 3 – Exhale

Hand to foot pose Padahastanana Straighten the back, head and arms and bend forward from the hips. As the body folds forward, simultaneously stretch the arms out to the sides to form a large circle, symbolizing the full moon. Bring the abdomen in contact with the thighs, draw the head toward the shins and position […]

Preliminary plough pose

Poorwa halasana Lie in the PMA2 Base Position Raise both legs to vertical. Keep the legs straight and move them towards the head to make a 45 degree angle with the torso and the legs. Separate the legs as wide apart as comfortable and then bring them together again. With the legs straight, slowly lower […]

Shoulder stand pose

Sarvangasana Lie in the PMA2 Base Position. Bend both knees and draw the thighs close to the chest. Straighten the legs up and over the body towards the head. Press the arms into the floor, raise the buttocks and take the legs further over the head. Continue to lift by curling the pelvis and then […]

Inverted pose

Vipareet karani asana Lie in the PMA2 Base Position. Bend both knees and draw the thighs close to the chest. Straighten the legs up and over the body towards the head. Press the arms into the floor, raise the buttocks and take the legs further over the head. Turn the palms up, bend the elbows […]

Crown-based pose

Moordhasana Stand with the feet as wide apart as comfortable. Bend forward from the hips and place the hands on the floor in front of the feet. Press down through the palms to help lengthen the spine then lower the crown of the head to the floor. Raise the arms behind the back and either […]

Sleeping Thunderbolt pose

Supta Vajrasana Sit in Thunderbolt pose (Vajrasana). Slowly bend back, taking the support of the body onto the right elbow and arm and then the left. Lower the top of the head to the floor and arch the back. Once balanced in the position rest the hands on the thighs. Try to keep the knees […]

Camel

Ushtrasana Sit in Thunderbolt pose (Vajrasana). Stand up on the knees and separate the knees slightly apart so that they are in line with the hips. Keep the feet flat behind the knees. Stretch the arms out to the sides, shoulder height. Lean backward, slowly reaching the right hand to the right heel and the […]

Position 11 – Inhale

Raised arms pose Hasta Utthanasana Take the hands to the hips. Align the spine and neck. Keep the knees bent, rotate from the hips, engage the core muscles and raise the head and torso upright. Stretch the arms to the ceiling, hands shoulder width apart. Extend and lengthen the spine, torso, head and arms upward. […]

Half Camel Pose

Ardha ushtrasana Sit in Thunderbolt pose (Vajrasana). Stand up on the knees and separate the knees slightly apart so that they are in line with the hips. Keep the feet flat behind the knees. Stretch the arms out to the sides at shoulder height. Twist to the right and reach the right hand to hold […]

Position 9 – Inhale

Equestrian Pose Ashwa Sanchalanasana Lower both knees to the floor. Step the left foot between the hands and adjust the position so that the left shin is at a 90 degree angle with the floor. Press the pelvis down and lengthen the spine. Draw the shoulder blades together slightly to open in the chest. Keep […]

Position 8 – Retain out

Mountain pose Parvatasana Raise the buttocks and lower the head between the arms so that the body forms a triangle. Lift the tail bone up, lengthen and straighten the arms and spine. Keep the knees soft and relax the heels towards the floor. [tabs style="default"] [/tabs]

Equestrian Pose

Ashwa Sanchalanasana Sit in Thunderbolt pose (Vajrasana). Stand up on the knees and separate the knees slightly apart so that they are in line with the hips. Place the arms beside the body. Take a big step forward with the right leg and plant the right foot firmly on the floor. Have the thigh is […]

Position 5 – Exhale

Mountain pose Parvatasana Lower the palms to the floor. Keep the right foot still and step the left foot back to beside the right. Simultaneously, raise the buttocks and lower the head between the arms so that the body forms a triangle. Lift the tail bone upwards, lengthen and straighten the arms and spine. Keep […]

Prostration Pose

Naman Pranamasana Sit in Thunderbolt pose (Vajrasana). Take a hold of the lower calves with the thumbs uppermost. Slowly bend forward and place the crown of the head on the floor in front of the knees. Raise the buttocks until the thighs are as vertical as appropriate and gently press the chin against the chest. […]

Position 4 – Inhale

Equestrian Pose Ashwa Sanchalanasana Extend the right leg back and lower the knee to the floor. Keep the left foot between the hands, ensure the left shin is at a 90 degree angle with the floor. Press the pelvis down and lengthen the spine. Draw the shoulder blades together slightly to open the chest. Keep […]

Position 3 – Exhale

Hand to foot pose Padahastanana Take the hands to the hips. Keep the back and head aligned whist folding forward from the hips. Bend the knees as much as required to bring the abdomen in contact with the thighs. Lower the head towards the shins and place the hands to the floor either side of […]

Striking Cobra Pose

Shashank bhujangasana Assume Table Position. Lower the hips back so the buttocks rests on the heels. Keep the hands on the floor, the arms straight and rest the forehead on the floor in front of the knees. Assuming the Held Child’s Pose (Shashankasana). Without moving the position of the hands, slide the chest forward to […]

Child’s Pose

Shashankasana Assume Table Position. Lower the hips back so the buttocks rest on the heels. Keep the hands on the floor, arms straight and rest the forehead on the floor in front of the knees. If possible, the arms and forehead touch the floor. If not, make two fists and place one vertically on top […]

Dynamic Child’s Pose

Shashankasana Sit in Thunderbolt pose (Vajrasana). Straighten the arms and raise them above the head, shoulder width apart. Keeping the arms and head straight, in line with the torso, bend the torso forward from the hips. Lower the hands and forehead to the floor in front of the knees. Hold for a few seconds then […]

Tiger Pose

Vyaghrasana Assume Table Position. Raise the head and lower the spine to concave the middle back. Simultaneously lift the tailbone, straighten the right leg behind the body, bend the right knee and stretch the toes towards the head. Expand the abdomen, open the chest, fill the lungs and stretch the whole front body. Hold for […]

Cat Stretch Pose

Marjariasana Assume Table Position. Raise the head and lower the spine to concave the middle back. Simultaneously lift the tailbone. Expand the abdomen, open the chest, fill the lungs and stretch the whole front body. Hold for a few seconds the lower the head and arch the back drawing the belly button towards the spine. […]

Table Position

Sit in Thunderbolt pose (Vajrasana). Raise the buttocks and stand on the knees. Lean forward and place the hands flat on the floor beneath the shoulders with the fingers facing forward. Have the hands in line with the knees, so that the arms and thighs are perpendicular to the floor. Separate the knees so that […]

Hero’s Pose

Veerasana Sit in Thunderbolt pose (Vajrasana). Raise the right knee and place the right foot flat on the floor beside the inside of the left knee. Put the right elbow on the right knee and rest the chin on the palm of the right hand. Rest the left palm on the left knee. Close the […]

Roaring Lion

Simhagarjanasana Sit in Lion Pose (Simhasana). Open the eyes and gaze at the eyebrow centre, adopting shambhavi mudra. Relax the whole body. Open the mouth and extend the tongue out as far as possible towards the chin. Produce a clear, steady ‘aaah’ sound, keeping the mouth wide open. Fully expressive with no strain. Once breath […]

Lion Pose

Simhasana Sit in Thunderbolt pose (Vajrasana). Separate the knees about 45cm apart and keep the toes in contact with each other. Lean forward and place the palms of the hands on the floor between the knees, fingertips pointing towards the body. Straighten the arms. Arch the back slightly and lean the upper body’s weight on […]

Gracious Pose

Bhadrasana Sit in Thunderbolt pose (Vajrasana). Separate the knees as far as possible, while keeping the toes in contact with the floor. Separate the feet slightly to allow the buttocks to rest on the floor between the feet. Place the hands on the knees, palms turned down. Ensure the head, neck and back are upright […]

Breath Balancing Pose

Padadhirasana Sit in Thunderbolt pose (Vajrasana). Cross the arms in front of the chest, place the hands under the opposite armpits and have the thumbs pointing up. Ensure the head, neck and back are upright and straight. Close the eyes and relax the whole body. [tabs style="default"] [/tabs]

Intoxicating Bliss Pose

Ananda Madirasana Sit in Thunderbolt pose (Vajrasana). Place the palms on top of the heels, fingers pointing towards each other (if uncomfortable, place the palms just above the heels). Ensure the head, neck and back are upright and straight. Close the eyes and relax the whole body. [tabs style="default"] [/tabs]

Thunderbolt pose

Vadrasana Kneel on the floor with the knees close together. Bring the big toes together and separate the heels. Lower the buttocks onto the inside surface of the feet, heels touching the inside of the hips. Rest the hands on the knees and turn the palms down. Ensure the head, neck and back are upright […]

Pendulum Pose

Dolasana Stand with the feet more than shoulder width apart and keep the legs straight. Raise the arms and interlock the fingers of both hands behind the neck with the elbows pointing out to the sides. keep the feet firmly on the ground, turn to the right and bend forward. Bring the head as close […]

Swaying while standing pose

Utthita Lolasana Stand with the feet about one metre apart. Raise the arms above the head and keep the arms straight. Bend the wrists encouraging them to be limp with the fingers pointing forward. Moving from the hips swing the torso down forward allowing the arms and head to sway through the legs. After this […]

Warrior 2

Virabhadrasana 2 Stand with the feet wider than shoulder width apart and keep the legs straight. Turn the right foot out to the right 90 degrees and left foot in 45 to 60 degrees. Roll the right thigh outward, so that the center of the right knee cap is in line with the center of […]

Warrior 1

Virabhadrasana I Stand with the feet wider than shoulder width apart and keep the legs straight. Turn the right foot out to the right 90 degrees and left foot in 45 to 60 degrees. Roll the right thigh outward, so that the center of the right knee cap is in line with the center of […]

Revolved Side angle pose

Parivrtta Parsvakonasana Stand with the feet wider than shoulder width apart and keep the legs straight. Turn the right foot out to the right 90 degrees and left foot in 45 to 60 degrees. Roll the right thigh outward, so that the center of the right knee cap is in line with the center of […]

Side angle pose

Parsvakonasana Stand with the feet wider than shoulder width apart and keep the legs straight. Turn the right foot out to the right 90 degrees and left foot in 45 to 60 degrees. Roll the right thigh outward, so that the center of the right knee cap is in line with the center of the […]

Revolved triangle pose

Parivrtta Trikonasana Stand with the feet wider than shoulder width apart and keep the legs straight. Turn the right foot out to the right 90 degrees and left foot in 45 to 60 degrees. Roll the right thigh outward, so that the centre of the right knee cap is in line with the centre of […]

Triangle pose

Trikonasana Stand with the feet as wide apart as comfortable and keep the legs straight. Turn the right foot out to the right at 90 degrees and turn the left foot in slightly. Roll the right thigh outward, so that the centre of the right knee cap is in line with the centre of the […]

Double angle pose

Dwikonasana Stand with the feet shoulder width apart. Interlock the fingers of both hands behind the body with the arms straight. Arch the back slightly, pushing the buttocks behind a little. Bend forward from the hips until the back is horizontal and forms a right angle with the legs. Raise the arms behind the back […]

Right angle pose

Samakonasana Stand with the feet together and the arms beside the body. Raise the arms and straighten them above the head. Bend the wrists allowing them to be limp with the fingers pointing forward. Arch the back slightly, pushing the buttocks behind a little. Bend forward from the hips until the back is horizontal and […]

Dynamic energy pose

Druta Utkatasana Stand with the feet together or slightly apart. Join the palms in front of the chest then raise and straighten the arms above the head. Bend the knees and slowly lower the buttocks about ⅓ of the way down to the floor. Hold for a few seconds, then raise the buttocks, straighten the […]

Squat and rise pose

Utthanasana Stand with the feet about one metre apart and have the toes turned slightly out to the sides. Check that the knees are in line with the toes and ensure they stay this way throughout the practice. Interlock the fingers of both hands in front of the body and let them hang loosely. Keeping […]

Swaying Waist rotating pose

Tiryaka Kati chakrasana Stand with the feet about shoulder width apart and keep them firmly on the ground throughout the practice. Interlock the fingers of both hands in front of the body and turn the palms down. Raise the arms above the head and stretch up. Bend forward from the hips to form a right […]

Waist rotating pose – Kati chakrasana

Kati chakrasana Stand with the feet about shoulder width apart and keep them firmly on the ground throughout the practice. Raise the arms out to the sides at shoulder height. Twist to the right. Take the left hand to the right shoulder, wrap the right arm around the back and take the right hand around […]

Swaying palm tree pose – Tiryaka tadasana

Tiryaka tadasana Stand with the feet more than shoulder width apart. Fix the gaze on a point in front. Interlock the fingers of both hands in front of the body and turn the palms down. Raise the arms above the head and stretch upwards. Bend from the waist to the right side. Hold for a […]

Palm Tree Pose – Tadasana

Tadasana Stand with the feet together or slightly apart and place the arms beside the body. Balance the weight of the body equally on the feet. Interlock the fingers of both hands in front of the body and turn the palms down. Raise the arms and rest the hands on the head with the palms […]

Boat pose

Naukasana Lie in the PMA2 Base Position. Contract the abdominal muscles. Simultaneously lift the head, shoulders, arms and legs off the floor (about 10 cms). Have the hands and feet aligned, the same distance from the floor. Balance the body on the buttocks, keeping the spine straight. Hold for a few seconds then release, slowly […]

Mini Boat pose

Modified Naukasana Lie in the PMA2 Base Position. Bend the knees and place the soles of the feet in front of the buttocks, flat on the floor. Rest the hands on the thighs. Engage the abdominal muscles and raise the head, shoulders and back. Simultaneously, slide the hands up the thighs towards the knee caps. […]

Universal Spinal twist

Shava Udarakarshanasana Lie in the PMA2 Base Position. Take the arms out to the sides, shoulder level with the palms turned down. Bend the right leg and place the sole of the foot beside the left kneecap. Take the left hand to rest on top of the right knee. Gently bring the right knee to […]

Sleeping abdominal

Supta Udarakarshanasana Lie in the PMA2 Base Position. Bend both knees and place the soles of the feet in front of the buttocks, flat on the floor. Interlock the fingers of both hands and place the palms under the back of the head, open the chest and keep the shoulders and elbows in contact with […]

Rocking & Rolling

Jhulana Lurhakanasana Lie in the PMA2 Base Position. Bend both knees and bring the thighs towards the chest. Interlock the fingers of both hands and clasp around the shins, just below the knees. [tabs style="default"] [/tabs]