Restorative Poses

Child’s Pose lengthens and stretches the spine. Gently stretches the hips, thighs and ankles. Helps to alleviate stress and anxiety by releasing tension in the back, neck and shoulders. Encourages strong and steady breathing.
Relaxation Pose or Corpse Pose brings calmness to the brain and relieves stress and mild depression. Relaxes the body. Reduces headache, fatigue and insomnia. Helps to lower blood pressure.

Mountain Pose is the most basic pose and is therefore the foundation for all others. Promotes stillness, strength, relaxed power and the immovable stability associated with mountains. Strengthens quads, buttocks, abs and feet.

Crocodile Pose lengthens the spine gently, relaxes the body and calms the mind. Therapeutic for high blood pressure and fatigue.


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Inversion Poses

Shoulder Stand improves digestion and stimulates the thyroid. Helps calm the brain and nervous system, relieving stress. Stretches shoulders and spine.

Plow Pose improves digestion and stimulates the thyroid. Helps calm the brain and nervous system, relieving stress. Stretches shoulders and spine. (Avoid this pose if you have neck or back problems.)

Tripod Headstand (legs bent is a beginning position) is an advanced pose that builds strength in the shoulders, core and neck. Calms the mind and relieves stress and can help with insomnia. Stimulates the pituitary and pineal glands.

Tripod Headstand is an advanced pose that builds strength in the shoulders, core and neck. Calms the mind and relieves stress and can help with insomnia. Stimulates the pituitary and pineal glands.

Tripod Headstand (leg variation in case you get bored while upside down) is an advanced pose that builds strength in the shoulders, core and neck. Calms the mind and relieves stress and can help with insomnia. Stimulates the pituitary and pineal glands.

Handstand Pose (on wall) strengthens the wrists, arms and shoulders. Helps to decompress the spine and is therapeutic for headaches.  Improves balance. 


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Backbend Poses

Bridge Pose stretches the chest, neck, spine and hips while improving circulation. Strengthens the back, buttocks and hamstrings. Reduces fatigue, anxiety, backache and headache.
Cat Pose improves posture and balance. Strengthens spine and neck. Stretches the hips, abdomen and back. Relieves stress and calms the mind.

Cow stretches the back, torso and neck. Cat-Cow is a gentle flow between two poses that brings flexibility to the spine and prevents back pain when practiced regularly.

Locust Pose strengthens the upper and lower back, arms and legs. Stretches the chest, shoulders and abs. Improves posture.

Upward Facing Dog strengthens lower back. Opens chest and shoulders. Stretches hip flexors and core.

Sphinx strengthens the spine and stimulates abdominal organs. Stretches chest, lungs, shoulders and abs.

Wild Thing (modified) stretches the chest, neck, shoulders and throat.  Strengthens the back and legs.  Opens the hips and hip flexors.


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