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Day 19 Pose – 19 Dhanurasana Bow Pose

The Dhanurasana or Bow Pose is a very therapeutic yoga pose which is fabulous for improving your overall health. This bow yoga pose is a great pose to help promote flexibility, strengthen your back muscles, release your back pain, as well as improving your overall circulation. I love this pose because I always feel relaxed and healthier after doing it. I have also seen some weight fall off over a period of time after completing this pose which is always a good thing! In this post I am happy to give you the steps needed to complete the Dhanurasana yoga pose successfully.
Step #1 – Gently lie down onto your belly and place your hands alongside your torso with the palms up. Breathing out, slowly bend your knees until your heels are as close to your buttocks as possible. Reaching back take a hold of your ankle with your hands. Make sure the width of your knees isn’t wider than your hip width, and keep this position for the duration of the pose.
Step #2 – Breathing in, lift your heels stron…

Day 26 Pose – 26 Khapalbhati Blowing in Firm Pose

Consisting of alternative explosive and short exhales, along with passive and longer inhales, the Kapalabhati or Blowing In Firm yoga pose can provide a fun challenge for yoga enthusiasts! The Kapalbhati yoga pose is said to help improve blood circulation and respiration of the lungs. It is also a great pose to help with indigestion and removing toxins from your body. Although challenging, I love this pose as it helps me to lose weight around the abdominal area while helping to make my stomach looking trim and toned. In this post I will explain the steps on how to complete the Kapalbhati yoga pose.
Step #1 – Focusing on your lower belly, quickly contract it by pushing a quick burst of air out of your lungs. If you can’t do this, you can cup one hand in the other lightly, and press them against your lower half of the belly to push the air out.
Step #2 – Release the contractions quickly for your lungs to suck the air back into them when the belly rebounds. Slowly pace yourself as you rep…

Day 23 Pose – 23 Sasangasana Rabbit Pose

The Sasangasana Rabbit Pose is a simple and fun pose which can help to extend your spine for increasing elasticity and mobility. It is also a great pose for feeding fresh blood and oxygen throughout the nervous system. I love this pose for its tension relieving properties. Anytime I feel a little tense in the back, shoulders and neck I complete the Sasangasana and feel the effects almost instantly! It’s a great pose to do after times of stress! In this post I will give you a simple explanation on how to easily complete the Sasangasana.
Step #1 – Sitting comfortably on your shins as seen in the Vajrasana thunderbolt pose, place the top of your head in front of your knees so it is positioned on the mat or floor.
Step #2 – Interlacing your fingers behind you back, slowly roll your shoulders away from your ears and down your back.
Step #3 – Keeping your arms straight, lift them over your head. Breathing deeply reverse the clasps of your hands and hold for 5 continuous breaths.

Day 22 Pose – 22 Ustrasana Camel Pose

The Ustrasana or Camel Pose is a fabulous pose which is said to help with stretching and strengthening the back and shoulders. The Ustrasana yoga pose can also help with opening your chest to improve respiration, relieve lower back pain, improve flexibility, as well as loosen the vertebrae. I love this pose as it helps to improve my posture. It is also great for reducing fat on my thighs which is always a good thing. After completing this pose I always feel healthy and happy! In this post I will give you the steps you need to complete the Ustrasana yoga pose.
Step #1 – With your thighs, knees and hip width perpendicular to the floor, kneel on the floor. Narrowing your hip points, inwardly rotate your thighs slightly and tighten your buttocks. Keeping the outside of your hips soft, imagine you’re drawing your sitting bones into your torso. Press the top of your feet and shins firmly into the floor.
Step #2 – Resting your hands on the back part of your pelvis, make sure your fingers are p…

Day 25 Pose – Ardha-Matsyendrasana Spine Twisting Pose

The Ardha-Matsyendrasana or Spine Twisting Pose is a fantastic yoga pose which can help to strengthen and tone the abs and obliques. This pose is also said to help with simulating the heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, and spleen, as well as cleansing the internal organs while releasing excess toxins from the body. I really enjoy this pose as it helps to stretch and energize my spine. It also helps to increase my flexibility, along with relieving work related back aches. In this post I will give you detailed steps to help you complete the Ardha-Matsyendrasana correctly with your next yoga session. Step #1 – On a folded blanket sit on the floor with your buttock fully supported and place your legs straight out in front of you. Place your feet on the floor while bending your knees. Sliding your left foot underneath your right leg, make sure it is placed to the outside of your right hip. Lay your left leg on the floor so the outside of it is touching the floor. Place your right foot so it ove…

Day 24 Pose – Janushirasana with Paschimotthanasana Head to Knee Pose

The Janushirasana with Paschimotthanasana or Head To Knee Pose is a great yoga pose which is excellent for immune and lymphatic system support. It is said to increase the pancreas, liver, thymus, thyroid, and intestine health. It is also great for digestion and bowl circulation. I really enjoy this pose. When completing it I not only feel more flexible but I feel a healthy stretch down my back. I also feel it working my leg muscles making them more tone. In this post I will give you the steps to easily complete the Janushirasana with Paschimotthanasana yoga pose!
Step #1 – Sitting on a folded blanket with your buttocks supported, straighten your legs out in front of you. Pressing actively through your heels, with your right hand pull your right sitting bone from your heel while you rock on your left buttock slightly. Repeat this action on your other side. Press your thighs down into the floor after turning the top of them inward slightly. Press your finger tips on the floor so they are…

Day 21 Pose – 21 Ardha-Kurmasana Half Tortoise Pose

The Ardha-Kurmasana is a fantastic yoga pose which can make your body more flexible and is a great pose to start your yoga sessions with. The half tortoise yoga pose is also said to help you live longer while promoting increased blood flow with brain, mental clarity, and memory enhancement. I really enjoy this pose for its tension relieving abilities. After completing the Ardha-Kurmasana I notice a big difference in my shoulders and neck. In this post I will give you the steps to successfully complete this Half Tortoise Pose!
Step #1 – Sitting in the Varjra Asana or Diamond pose, rest your buttocks on your heels. Breathing in lift your arms to the sky and bring both your palms together, intertwining your thumbs.
Step #2 – Make your biceps touch your ears as you keep your arms straight. Slowly straighten your back and feel the stretch.
Step #3 – From your waist, pivot down as you exhale until your fingers and forehead gently touch the yoga mat. Hold for 20 seconds and continue to breathe …