The Practice

The physical aspects of Raja Yoga, Asana and Pranayama.

Locust / Salabhasana

This is the seventh posture in the sequence and the second backbend after Bhujangasana. This asana brings flexibility to the cerival spine (the neck) while strengthening and flexing the lower back (lumbar spine) and muscles around the sacrum. It is especially good if you spend a lot of time standing or sitting,…

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Cobra / Bhujangasana

The Cobra is the sixth posture. Bhujang means cobra in Sanskrit, as the complete posture resembles a cobra. It is the first backbend in the sequence, focusing on flexing the upper spine and strengthening the muscles of the lower back.  Imagine the smooth movement of a snake as you stretch up,…

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Seated Forward Bend / Paschimottanasana

Paschimottanasana is the fifth posture in the sequence. It is considered to be one of the most important postures and should be included in every practice. It is also called the Posture of Surrender. The more you can relax and surrender in this posture, the deeper it will take you. Maximize…

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Fish / Matsyasana

Matsyasana is the fourth posture in the sequence. It is the counter posture for the Shoulderstand and Plough, as the neck is bent backwards and the chest is pushed open. Matsyasana is a wonderful heart-opening posture, stretching the chest and ribcage and deepening the breath. This posture is especially helpful for those who…

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