Top 10 Yoga Postures for Strength

Yoga is more than just stretching and relaxation. Daily yoga practice includes a comprehensive system that builds strength in the body and mind. My journey in yoga has been from weakness to strength in every sense possible. There are some key postures that helped me access the deep reservoir of inner fortitude that every person… [read more]

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Have Faith and Jump Through

The mystery of lifting your body off the ground in the yoga practice is both seductive and elusive. When you can hold your body weight off the ground in powerful arm balances your confidence increases. But when you cannot find the way towards strength you hit a wall that feels insurmountable every time you practice. Rather than… [read more]

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Flatten Your Back Like a Tortoise: Kurmasana

Kurmasana The Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series is a demanding full body cleanse that takes a little over 90 minutes to fully practice. Halfway through the series is a challenging posture that many students get stuck at for years called Kurmasana position. Kurmasana means tortoise posture and in order to get fully into the posture you have learn how to… [read more]

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Twisting for Beginners

Twisting postures cleanse the body from the inside out. By building both the strength and flexibility to twist your torso all the inner organs get to be more limber. Flexible organs are healthy organs that function at their best capacity. Part of the powerful detoxification that happens in yoga is through twisting. For beginners to the… [read more]

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Core Strength in Navasana

Whenever I teach a Guided Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series class, there is one posture is almost universal in its ability to test the limits of strength: Navasana, Boat Posture. It demands so much core strength that when repeated five times, it feels like a mini-marathon right in the middle of a very long practice. In… [read more]

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Core Strength and Legs in Tittibhasana By Kino MacGregor

Many people think that arm balances are all in the arms, but every part of the body is responsible for lifting itself. When working on the strength postures in the Ashtanga Yoga Second Series remember to utilize the whole body and integrate the core with the strength of the arms. In the posture called Tittibhasana, or Firefly, a strong… [read more]

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The Emotional Journey of Backbending

Backbending often brings up strong emotions when students first begin to practice it more regularly and go deeper. It often does not really matter whether you are flexible or stiff in your spine if you are unfamiliar with the strength, stamina and flexibility needed for most backbending movements. It takes lots of practice before you… [read more]

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How to Jump Back

Jumping back from a seated position is one of the most challenging movements in the Ashtanga Yoga method. I can still remember the feeling when I first started practice of not being able to lift any part of my body off the ground. In fact I was so weak when I first started that I… [read more]

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Bujapidasana: It’s Not Over Until It’s Over

All yoga postures that build strength are both a test of physical as well as mental and emotional endurance. The first true arm balance of the Ashtanga Yoga method is called Bujapidasana and is literally translated as Arm Pressure Posture. You will need to stay present at every step of the journey through this posture… [read more]

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Open Your Hips in Trikonasana by Kino MacGregor

Some men think that women naturally have open hips and that they are just plain out of luck simply because they are guys. Yet in my experience as a teacher I have seen many students who have tight hips irrespective of their gender. Tightness usually stems from deeply ingrained habit patterns in the body and… [read more]

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Principles of Twisting: Marichasana C by Kino MacGregor

The Ashtanga Yoga method purifies the internal systems of the body, clears emotional and psychological blockages and frees the student to experience a new depth of consciousness within themselves and their lives. When you begin the practice there are a series of simple movements in the Ashtanga Yoga Primary Series that will help you tap… [read more]

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Fear in Backbends by Kino MacGregor

Standing up and dropping back from backbend is a complex movement that challenges the limits of the physical and emotional body. Not only does this motion require strength, flexibility, stamina and determination, it also requires a heroic willingness to go to the scary places inside and face the sometimes paralyzing fear that surfaces the moment… [read more]

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The Body Doesn’t Lie

by Kino MacGregor The mind enjoys putting on a melodramatic show. From the thick plot of stress, anger, pain and loss, it proclaims that we are “just fine”, “coping quite well” or “not really bothered at all”. The body, by contrast, doesn’t lie for very long if at all. Its simple proximity to nature cannot… [read more]

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