Yoga postures known as “asana” in Sanskrit meaning seat, are categorised by the following: standing, seated, forward bends, backbends, inversions, twists, balances, hip openers, heart openers and arm balances They range from beginner to advanced, but all have the same role; to promote stillness, presence and a sense of calm so it doesn’t really matter at which level you are or which pose you are doing, you are still practising yoga as long as there is a balance between stability and ease, Sthira and Sukha. This is one of the fundamental concepts behind good yoga practice.
“Don’t kill the instinct of the body for the glory of the pose” Vanda Scaravelli
There’s no point in pushing yourself into an advanced posture if your breath is shortened and irregular, and there is instability and tension in places where there should be ease and steadiness.
Virabhadrasana iii – warrior iii
Virabhadrasan ii – warrior ii
Virabhadrasana i – warrior i
Utthita trikonasana – triangle
Parivrtta Trikonasana – revolved triangle
Parsvakonasana – extended side angle pose
Urdhva dhanurasana variation – wheel pose