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Bridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

Pronunciation: SAY-too BAHN-duh shar-vahn-GAHS-uh-nuh Pose Type: Seated Bridge pose, or Setu Bandha Sarvangasana, is commonly used to stretch and strengthen the back and abdominal muscles as well as opening the lungs and chest. The Sanskrit name translates literally as ‘construction of a bridge’ and that’s exactly how the pose is performed. Initially, this pose requires …

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Seated Twist Pose (Ardha Matsyendrasana)

Pronunciation: ARE-dah MOT-see-en-DRAHS-anna Pose Type: Seated Seated Twist pose, or Ardha Matsyendrasana also called Half Lord of the Fishes pose, lengthens, nourishes, and realigns the spine. This pose stimulates the nervous, digestive, and reproductive systems of the body. Depending on your flexibility, you may be able to take the pose farther by reaching the arms …

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Extended Triangle Pose (Utthita Trikonasana)

Pronunciation: oo-TEE-tah trik-cone-AHS-anna Pose Type: Standing Extended Triangle Pose, or Utthita Trikonasana, is a standing yoga pose that is a building block for the balance and grace required in all areas of life. It creates symmetry throughout your entire body. Triangle pose is an excellent pose for strengthening the lower body while lengthening stiff muscles. …

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Pyramid Pose (Parsvottonasana)

Pronunciation: parsh-voh-tahn-AHS-anna Pose Type: Standing Pyramid pose positions the body in a pyramid (inverted V) shape with the torso revolving over the front leg while the hands are in reverse prayer position behind the back. Pyramid is a standing yoga posture that combines all of the benefits of two primary features: forward bending and balancing. …

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Standing Forward Bend (Uttanasana)

Pronunciation: ooh-tuhn-AHS-uh-nuh Pose Type: Forward bend In Sanskrit, ‘ut’ means ‘intense’ and the Standing Forward Bend can be just that. This incredibly therapeutic and revitalizing pose calms the mind while stretching the entire back body. This pose is an essential element of the Sun Salutations sequence and helps prepare the yogi for deeper forward bends. …

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Warrior II (Virabhadrasana II)

Pronunciation: veer-ah-bah-DRAHS-anna Pose Type: Standing Pose The fiery power of Warrior I, or Virabhadrasana, is exemplified by this variation of the pose, Warrior II. This pose embodies the spirit of a warrior and conveys readiness, stability, and courage. Warrior II is included in a number of yoga sequences and often follows Warrior I to create …

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