Yoga

Yoga v3 – Tuladandasana

People, Happy Friday!

Today, I present the proper foundation and practice for a very challenging (more so than it seems) “balancing stick” pose, or Tuladandasana as is referred to in the Bikram series. As an asana it is recognized as the “Warrior III” pose, or Virabhadrasana III.

For martial artists this is a challenging pose which optimizes the work for improvement of core strength, and overall limb extension. The pose creates a full body tension, while it also works to adjust and improve posture, and perfect balance.

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For its practice what is most difficult is to reach the full body’s extension, which means that your limbs reach full height; full height is considered your feet and hands to be at or above your hip’s level.

Do not let this seemingly easy pose fool you… It is one of the most challenging poses reason why it is the shortest pose of the Bikram series.

Once you have pivoted, and your body is in a full extension, your body goes into a rushed mode for blood pumping into your heart, so as you begin its practice you will learn it is one of the most cardiovascular poses; getting out of it, your heart is significantly accelerated… give it a try!

Additional benefits of its practice include :

  • Strengthening of ankles and legs
  • Strengthening the shoulders and back muscles
  • Abdominal toning

Remember : it is a full tension pose, where as in a steel cable, you are pulling in both directions -toward the front with your hands and toward the back with your feet. If you are not challenged, then you are not pulling. And always remember to exit the pose in the opposite way you entered.

Tabitha

-Tabitha. White Belt, Bikram Yoga practitioner + Usui Ryoho Reiki Master

Yoga v2 – Modified Padangusthasana

For this second session, I present the proper foundation and practice for a modifed “standing forward bend” (or “big toe”) pose, or Padangusthasana.

This pose calms the brain -reducing stress and anxiety, stimulates your kidney and liver, fully stretches your lower limbs, improves the function of your digestive system -is a full core compression pose, relieves headaches by recirculating fresh oxygen to your brain, and helps relieve symptoms of menopause.

For martial artists, this pose in addition does help with strengthening kicks, it helps with strengthening core, it lengthens reach for both lower and upper limbs, and improves flexibility and balance.

Tabitha

-Tabitha. White Belt, Bikram Yoga practitioner + Usui Ryoho Reiki Master

Yoga v1 – Janushirasana

In looking to contribute to the knowledge bank of Be Black Belt, I thought it would be useful to share what I have learned as a Bikram yoga practitioner of over 4 years. I attend the practice regularly, at times 5 to 7 days a week, and it does amazing things for me both mentally and physically.

For this first session today, I present the proper foundation and practice of the “head to knee” pose, or Janushirasana, with leg stretching. This pose benefits the sciatic nerve -helping prevent “sciatica”, is beneficial for back bones and muscles, and aids digestion (any pose involving compression of the core will be beneficial for digestion).

This pose can be found toward the end of the Bikram 26-pose series, and is very helpful for martial artists to improve both flexibility and reach.

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It is Important to Remember that you exit all yoga poses in the reverse order of your entry, with all steps accounted for.

Lastly, it is important to practice all stretching exercises -be it yoga poses or other simpler stretching poses, with the proper foundation and sequence, this to not only to prevent injury but also to receive all the benefits the pose has to offer. 

Tabitha

-Tabitha. White Belt, Bikram Yoga practitioner + Usui Ryoho Reiki Master