ANDREA - a full time Yoga, Pilates and Tai Chi instructor.

I fell in love with yoga over seven years ago, when I got a Nintendo DS and bought a game called Let's Yoga. From then, I began 'playing' yoga everyday, sometimes twice a day. At first, the practice was more physical for me, but after few months I started to really count on yoga to bring me a sense of calm during especially chaotic days. Soon after, I began recognizing the benefits of a regular asana and meditation practice and continued to incorporate yoga daily - not just during times of chaos. I found myself feeling more energized, more compassionate, happier, and with more awareness. Now, I teach full-time and couldn't be happier to do what I love. What began as a physical practice for strength and flexibility quickly became a lifestyle. I teach my students to take their yoga off the mat and apply the principles learned in the class to their lives outside of the studio. I do not only teach my philosophy, I live it.

pondelok 30. septembra 2013

Headstand with Eagle Legs I

Headstand with Eagle Legs I / Garundasana in Sirsasana I


(gah-rue-DAHS-anna shear-SHAHS-anna)
garuda = a fierce bird of prey, the vehicle (vahana) of Vishnu
sirsa = head

1. From Balasana or Child’s Pose lean forward and place your elbows on the ground directly underneath your shoulders and clasping your triceps.

2. Rotate your forearms out from your elbows and clasp your hands in front of you with your palms spread open and facing you so that the outside of your hands and pinkies are on the ground.  Make sure your pinkies are on the outside of your palms.  Feel the power in your upper arms.

3. Place the crown of your head on the floor in front of your palms so that your palms caress the back of your head.  Make sure that your neck remains straight and perpendicular to the floor.  DO NOT BEND YOUR NECK SO THAT YOUR FOREHEAD IS ON THE FLOOR.

4. Lift your hips in the air and walk your feet toward your head. SO AS TO TAKE PRESSURE OFF YOUR HEAD AND NECK ENGAGE YOUR ARMS and your core and lift one leg up bringing the other leg with it. Bring your legs together and straighten them. At this point you will form a straight line from your head to your toes.  Point and spread your toes.

5. For more of a challenge keep both of your legs straight and together and bring them up into the air at the same time using your core. Bend your right leg and wrap it around your left.  Bend your left leg slightly so that your right foot can wrap around your left calf muscle.





Preparation
1.Practice Dolphin Pose and Dolphin Plank Pose to strengthen your upper arms and get used to supporting yourself on your forearms.

2.Practice staying inverted with your head, forearms and feet on the floor until you feel comfortable in an inverted position.

3.Practice Urdhva Dandasana by placing your head on the ground your leg distance away from a wall and facing the wall.  Walk up the wall until your legs are parallel to the floor and your hips are over your shoulders.

4.Practice Headstands with your back against a wall before attempting them without support.

5.Practice Bound Angle Pose until you are comfortable in that position.

Benefits
- Strengthens arms, legs, abdomen and spine
- Stretches your groins and legs. Calms the brain
- Stimulates your pituitary and pineal glands

Cautions
- Do not perform if you are pregnant, if you have a back or neck injury, high blood pressure, have a heart condition

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