SEQUENCES,  ASANAS NAMES AND MEANING OF YOGA POSES OF THE INTERMEDIATE SERIES OF ASHTANGA YOGA. The practice of yoga is commonly referred to as Hatha yoga, including Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Anusara, and so on.
The goal of meditation is to expand our limited individual consciousness to the Universal Consciousness of omnipresence. Independent on the reasons why we begin the practice of yoga, eventually we naturally discover the deeper meaning and true purpose of yoga beyond its physical exercise aspect.
An uplifting blend of spiritual and physical practices, Kundalini Yoga incorporates movement, dynamic breathing techniques, meditation, and the chanting of mantras, such as Sat Nam, meaning "truth is my identity." The goal is to build physical vitality and increase consciousness. It takes creativity and fearlessness to adventure into our heart’s deepest desires, and this Kundalini Yoga practice can help you find both. In this excerpt from her new book, Snatnam Kaur invites you to make mantra a part of your morning ritual. Senior Kundalini Yoga teacher Guru Jagat shares a practice for keeping the body beautiful and stress-free.
Senior Kundalini Yoga teacher Guru Jagat shares a meditation using sitali pranayama to help let go of the daily stresses of life.
With this practice that helps dissolve the urge to react, you can use frustrations and irritations as learning devices that point you in the right direction. Senior Kundalini Yoga teacher Guru Jagat guides us through a sweet and powerful mantra meditation to let go of heavy emotions, get out of our headspace, and find self-love. Like it or not, you can’t avoid people or parts of yourself that seriously frustrate you. This Kundalini Yoga sequence supports ideal digestion by increasing energy at the navel point and keeping the digestive organs strong and flexible.
Use this Kundalini Yoga practice from senior teacher Guru Jagat to help release any negativity and refocus on positive intentions. Take a couple minutes in the midst of stress and chaos for this Kundalini Yoga breathing exercise with senior teacher Guru Jagat to quickly and effectively balance your energy. Practice Breath of Fire with senior Kundalini Yoga teacher Guru Jagat during the busiest times of your life to maintain your vital energy. Senior Kundalini Yoga teacher Guru Jagat shares a 3-breath meditation that promises to change how you feel in any situation. Anjali is Sanskrit for "offering", "a gesture of reverence", "benediction", "salutation", and is derived from anj, meaning "to honour or celebrate".
In the most common form of anjali mudra, the hands are held at the heart chakra with thumbs resting lightly against the sternum. Anjali mudra has the same meaning as the Sanskrit greeting Namaste and can be performed while saying Namaste or Pranam, or in place of vocalizing the word. The gesture is used for both greetings and farewells, but carries a deeper significance than a simple "hello" or "goodbye". Anjali mudra is performed as part of a physical yoga practice with an aim to achieving several benefits. The physical execution of the pose helps to promote flexibility in the hands, wrists, fingers and arms. Description: This pose is about staying connected to the foundation and discovering how proper balance and centering creates ease. Description: (OOT-kah-TAHS-anna) Utkaa?­A?sana translated from Sanskrit as Awkward pose, known also as the Chair Pose is a Hatha yoga posture. Description: To enter the pose, place hands supporting you at either side of the leading foot.

Description:Trikonasana (tree-cone-AH-sa-na) (Triangle Pose) is an important Hatha yoga asana.
Trikonasana is claimed to stimulate blood flow to the head, and helps to stretch and relax the back, shoulders, legs and arms. The pose is typically held for 20 to 60 seconds to stretch the spine, returning to the mountain pose while exhaling, then repeating standing on the opposite leg. Raising the arms above the head for any length of time may involve risks for persons with High blood pressure. Iyengar Yoga takes its name from BKS Iyengar, who was born in Bellur, India, on December 14, 1918. Iyengar Yoga is a form of Hatha Yoga, In Guruji’s own words “All yoga is hatha, all yoga is asthanga,” asthanga meaning eight in Sanskrit and eight being the limbs of yoga as detailed by Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. Quite often Yoga gets identified with stretches — asanas; however asanas are only the third limb of the eight in the Yoga journey. Asanas are very useful and a very important stage as they allow us to develop strength, stamina, flexibility, balance and to train our very busy minds to concentrate gradually, to a point where eventually we may aspire to have moments of complete stillness and clarity.
In the Iyengar system there is a strong focus on the alignment of the physical body and the asanas are introduced in a way which encourages a gradual and safe development of the body structure. Props such as belts, cushions and blankets are used to help students to refine postures or to achieve deep levels of peace in a supported way, especially if a student is ill and requires a certain level of support in their muscular effort. When the body is aligned, the breath becomes more peaceful, when the breath becomes more peaceful, the mind quietens. BKS Iyengar has also devoted a great part of his life to the application of practice to treating ailments, diseases and dis-eases.
The Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India, is where all this committed work takes place. Our ethos can be found within the About Us section and if you are struggling financially, please refer to our Community page.
Gabrielle’s three-minute meditation will help you blast through limitations and magnify your energetic vibrations. It is used as a sign of respect and a greeting in India and amongst yoga practitioners and adherents of similar traditions. The gesture may also be performed at the brow chakra with thumb tips resting against the "third eye" or at the crown chakra (above the head). The joining together of the palms is said to provide connection between the right and left hemispheres of the brain and represents unification or "yoking". It is a centering pose which helps to alleviate mental stress and anxiety and is therefore used to assist the practitioner in achieving focus and coming into a meditative state.
In Sanskrit Nata means Dancer and Raja means king or lord so this asana is also known as the Lord of Dance. It also is a full body stretch which engages the shoulders, chest and abdomen, strengthens the thigh and calf muscles, knees and ankles, hips and spine, and develops concentration and grace. With hands on the floor and hips squared, walk hands back toward the standing foot to deepen the stretch.
Awkward Pose is a powerful strengthening posture, and when done with Deep Breathing, Half Moon and Hands to Feet, it also concludes a warm-up section in which generates internal heat and loosens the muscles.
The Hamstrings, quadriceps, gluteals, and the erector muscles of the back are exercised and strengthened. Candra or Chandra means moon or luminous, as in the light from the moon) is a yoga posture. As practice develops, these moments of stillness and peace become longer and lead to a sharper, quieter mind, watchful of the changes and the fluctuations and more resourced to cope with challenges of everyday life.

Yoga — meaning Union — aims at bringing together mind, body and spirit for our physical and mental health and wellbeing.
Some of his devoted students have been collecting a lot of this work and have, with him and his family, committed themselves to passing it on, mainly though the medical classes in Pune, where teachers learn by observing and helping, as well as through articles, classes, books and dvds. Only accredited teachers who have undergone comprehensive training are permitted to teach our classes. If you suspect you may have a health problem, please see your GP and never disregard or delay seeking medical advice.
In some yoga postures, the hands are placed in anjali mudra position to one side of the body or behind the back. Nataraja is one of the names given to the Hindu God Shiva in his form as the cosmic dancer. The practitioner begins standing with the feet one leg-length apart, knees unbent, turns the right foot completely to the outside and the left foot less than 45 degrees to the inside, keeping the heels in line with the hips.
Please inform your teacher beforehand, at the start of the class, if you have any health conditions. Hence, performing anjali mudra is an honouring of both the self and the other as the gesture acknowledges the divinity of both practitioner and recipient. As your practice advances, you will try to place both hands on the standing ankle and balance.
The arms are spread out to the sides, parallel to the ground, palms facing down; the trunk is extended as far as is comfortable to the right, while the arms remain parallel to the floor.
Hatha, as in hatha yoga, is sometimes taken to mean sun and moon from the syllables "ha" and "tha" representing solar and lunar energies.
The right knee is bent and the right foot placed on the left inner thigh, or in half lotus position. Hewitt claims[5] it improves posture and concentration, limbers the hips, deepens the thorax, strengthens the ankles, and firms and tones the muscles of the legs, back and chest. The gesture is also known as hrdayanjali mudra meaning "reverence to the heart seal" (from hrd, meaning "heart) and atmanjali mudra meaning "reverence to the self seal" (from atman, meaning "self"). These include the tibialis anterior, extensor halluscis longus, extensor digitorum longus, and peroneous tertius.
Once the trunk is fully extended to the right, the right arm is dropped so that the right hand reaches the shin (or a block or on the floor) to the front (left side) of the right foot, with the palm down if flexed. Yoga means yoke, so hatha yoga is a binding or yoking together of solar and lunar energies. With the toes of the right foot pointing directly down, the left foot, center of the pelvis, shoulders and head are all vertically aligned. This group of muscle primarily extends the toes and dorsiflexes the ankle and are used for balance and stability. Note that in Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose) the hand is placed on the floor to the back (right side) of the right foot. Hands are typically held above the head either pointed directly upwards and unclasped, or clasped together in AA±jali MudrA?.
The arms are stretched away from one another, and the head is often turned to gaze at the left thumb, slightly intensifying the spinal twist. So in doing the posture Ardha Chandrasana (half moon pose), one tunes into the unconscious energy of the moon which changes by waxing and waning.

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