Tag Archives: Julia Lee

  • Asana Day: Extended Side Angle Pose | Earth's Eco Yoga Mat

    How To Do Extended Side Angle Pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana) Extended Side Angle pose (Utthita Parsvakonasana) essentially builds off the foundation of Warrior II pose, creating a beautiful stretch along the side body that is stimulating and energizing. In our daily lives, we don’t often have the opportunity to stretch out our sides, and this pose provides the perfect opportunity to give all the muscles between our ribs (the intercostal muscles) some well-deserved love. When we are well-suppor ...
  • Asana Friday: Camel Pose (Ustrasana) | Earth's Eco Yoga Mat

    How To Do Camel Pose (Ustrasana)    There are some days when Camel pose feels better than a cup of coffee because of its energizing and invigorating effect. Then there are days when Camel pose feels completely overwhelming and impossible. My love/hate relationship with this pose has taught me that there are always two sides to every story, and it is only through exploring both ends of the spectrum that we truly achieve balance. Such is practice — we learn not only how to navigate the detail ...
  • Asana Day: Cat Pose (Marjaryasana) | Earth's Eco Yoga Mat

    How To Do Cat Pose (Marjaryasana)    Cat pose is often experienced as the counterpart to Cow pose, and the pairing feels like the perfect warm-up because it gets the spine moving and helps to bring awareness into the breath. Practicing Cat pose also encourages the action of pressing down through the palms, which is a key action in poses such as Downward-Facing Dog as well as arm balances such as Crow. Benefits of Cat Pose: Cat pose stretches the shoulders, back and neck and helps to maintain ...
  • Asana Day: Extended Hand to Toe Pose | Earth's Eco Yoga Mat

    How To Do Extended Hand to Toe Pose (Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana)    Extended Hand to Toe pose requires a sense of equilibrium between grounding and lengthening, stretching and strengthening. I love finding the expression of the pose in my body, and feeling the moment when everything comes into balance, both literally and figuratively. Practicing Extended Hand to Toe pose teaches us that a steady breath and a steady gaze help us to cultivate a steady body and a steady mind. Benefits of Exte ...
  • Asana Monday: Scorpion Pose | Earth's Eco Yoga Mat

    How To Do Scorpion Pose (Vrschikasana)    I feel like there are moments in everyone’s yoga practice when something that once seemed completely impossible suddenly happens — and whether it’s after several days, weeks, months, or even years of practice, that moment never loses its magic. Scorpion pose (Vrschikasana) is a challenging pose — one that I’m still working on (my feet are slowly inching closer toward my head, even though every inch somehow feels like a mile when you’re bac ...
  • Asana Monday: Dolphin Plank Pose | Earth's Eco Yoga Mat

      How To Do Dolphin Plank Pose Dolphin Plank pose (Makara Adho Mukha Svanasana) is a version of Plank pose that is kinder to achy wrists but just as effective at toning and strengthening the core. With the amount of concentrated effort it takes to hold Dolphin Plank pose while maintaining a smooth, steady breath, it’s no wonder why the pose is thought to be therapeutic for stress — there’s little room to think of anything else while in the pose! As such, practicing Dolphin Plank pose ...
  • Asana Monday: Urdhva Dhanurasana

    How To Do Wheel Pose (Urdvha Dhanurasana)  Wheel pose is an intermediate level backbend that offers a whole host of benefits to the body. It is simultaneously strengthening and energizing, and can provide a much-needed boost of power during a challenging yoga class. While any pose that turns your world upside-down may seem intimidating, they offer a shift in perspective that can be invaluable. Indeed, shifting from “backbend” to “heart-opener” can be the impetus to convince you that th ...
  • Asana Monday: Half Moon Pose

    How To Do Half Moon Pose (Ardha Chandrasana) The beauty of Half Moon pose comes with the effortlessness that arises when the pose is perfectly aligned. As opposed to a pose where you’re attempting to balance on one leg or on both hands, Half Moon pose offers a lightness and a sense of ease that comes from unfolding from the very center of your being. There’s a sense of groundedness through the fingertips and the standing leg that keeps you rooted to the earth, while the lifted leg and arm a ...
  • Asana Monday: Eka Pada Koundinyasana II

      How To Do Flying Splits Pose (Eka Pada Koundinyasana II) A fully engaged core and openness in the hamstrings are the critical components for balance in this elegant and challenging pose dedicated to the Sage Koundinyasana II. Although it seems like the full weight of the body is balanced precariously on one arm, finding the action of reaching the chest forward and extending out actively through both legs actually makes the pose feel effortless — that is, with lots of preparation and lo ...
  • Asana Monday: Vrksasana

      How To Do Tree Pose (Vrksasana) Tree pose is a classic balancing pose that comes to many people’s minds when they think of yoga. Not only is the physical expression of Tree pose timeless, so too is the lesson it has to offer: the more that we root down, the more we can rise up. When we cultivate a solid foundation in the foot and standing leg, the more that we can find a lift in our hearts and grow taller, flourishing into the beautiful, strong individuals we are capable of becoming. B ...

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