Four-limbed staff posture
Also known as simply Chaturanga, this is one asana that looks easy but is actually difficult to do correctly. Sufficient arm, back, leg and abdominal strength is required for this asana.
A great posture to tone and strengthen the whole body and increase concentration and focus while relaxing the mind.
Another asana that demands physical strength as the entire weight of the body rests on the navel. Mayurasana tones the core and strengthens the forearms, wrists and elbows.
Adho Mukha Svanasana
Downward facing dog posture
A key asana when it comes to Yoga practice. Adho Mukha Svanasana builds the foundation of your practice calming the mind whilst energising the body, it is used to transition between asanas, a resting asana and a great strengthener.
This asana provides great stretch in the legs, arms and wrists strengthening as you develop your practice.
Concentration is key as you are engaging your arms, shoulders, front and back body, legs and feet.
The perfect asana for any level practitioner.
Warrior posture II
Named after a warrior in Hindu mythology Virabhadrasana increases flexibility in the legs and tones the muscles, opens the chest and assists with balance and stability.
Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana
Extended Hand Big Toe posture
A perfect posture to develop balance and stability, Utthitha Hasta Padangusthasana strengthens the legs and aids in concentration and focus.
An asana developed to allow the body to hold still for long periods of time, Padmasana is used for deep meditation as it allows the mind to calm and focus internally.
There is no set time limit when it comes to meditation, even a few minutes of sitting can bring about huge benefits. Guiding your breath and intention inwards helps to improve emotional stability whilst gaining clarity and peace of mind. You will soon become happier, more relaxed and while focusing your intention to here and now, past and present worries or issues become more manageable and less worrisome. Creating harmony in every aspect of your life, meditating allows your conscious to live in the moment and let go of the past.
Like a seed of a flower, meditating daily allows you to develop and blossom into a beautiful flower.
Adho Mukha Vrksasana
Downward Facing Tree posture / Handstand
Allowing gravity to reverse the blood flow in the body, inversions improve circulation in the body, increasing mental awareness, concentration whilst energising the body.
Balance, strength and stability is improved and for some, facing the ultimate fear of going into the unknown – being upside down, can be invigorating and powerful.
Life if fun whichever way you look at it!
Vrksasana requires rooting down with the standing leg. This asana is great for building strength, stability and balance. The legs, spine and body receive a good stretch while the heart and shoulders open. Vrksasana improves concentration and balance, focusing internally and keeping the mind steady.
Meditating whist floating on the Caribbean sea. Life is so precious, live in harmony, love and be kind.
Equal Standing posture
Connecting ourselves with the earth where we can be still and steady. Samasthiti improves posture, balance and strengthens the legs, focusing on breathing and the present moment.
Samasthiti can bring awareness on the mental body developing a sense of awareness and openness to the way we perceive our surroundings. It can be easy to get caught up in the small things when in fact they needn’t bother or worry you. Being grateful for the life you have and being blessed with having the luxury most people don’t – clean water, food to eat, a warm bed to sleep at night – is something I am forever thankful for.
Surrounded by beautiful trees in the heart of Barbados.
A Yoga retreat in waiting!
Adho Mukha Vrkasana
Downward Facing Tree posture / handstand
Standing on the sky reaching out to the earth, surrounded by the beauty of this precious world.
Strengthening the core, arms, wrists and hands, Bakasana can leave you feeling confident and strong. It requires balance and stability to keep yourself lifted.
One of my favourite mantras, this is an ancient Tibetan Buddhist meditation.
May I be filled with loving kindness.
May I be well.
May I be peaceful and at ease.
May I be happy.
A mighty asana building strength and stamina Utpluthih focuses on concentration and breath which is essential in every aspect of Yoga.
Bound Lotus Posture
Both strengthening and calming, Baddha Padmasana is used in the Ashtanga series as the finishing sequence.
Lotus represents purity of the body, speech and mind as if floating above the muddy waters of attachment.
Ear Pressure Posture
Another finishing posture in the Ashtanga series – Karnapidasana stretches the spine, opens the shoulders and calms the mind.
Parsva Bhuja Dandasana
Side Arm Staff Posture/Dragonfly Posture/Grasshopper Posture
Parsva Bhuja Dandasana opens the hips and stretches the legs. It strengthens the wrists, arms and core.
Intense Forward Bend posture
Uttanasana provides a great stretch in the hamstrings, calves and hips while strengthening the thighs and knees. It calms the mind and body relieving stress and anxiety.
We should remember enlightenment can neither be bought or possessed, it can only be experienced, the price of which is continual devotion to self-development.
Prasarita Padottanasana C
Feet Spread Intense Stretch Posture
Prasarita Padottanasana opens the hips and stretches the back and inside of the legs. A calming and grounding posture that stretches the spine, shoulders and opens the chest. A grounding and calming posture.