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


It does not matter which sport or athletic discipline you practice, make it a life style; be passionate about it, talk to people about it, and share your experiences with everybody you may know. You will touch everyone, and you will be leading by example.

This will make you a LEADER. 

As soon as you feel better you will start looking better; you will walk, talk, and act different, and people will wonder about what it is that you’re doing to look good. People around you will be curious to know your secret.

Well there is no secret. You have adopted a life style of healthy eating, self improvement and a higher level of consciousness and awareness of who you are, and what is good for you and your body, and where you may be going.

What you eat is very important, that is why I shared with you my detox diet (consult your doctor before dieting). If you look fit and symmetrically proportioned, you will perform at your highest. Your reflexes and adaptation to different training environments will be easier to develop.

“A LEADER is not that person who rules, governs, or dominates a country or a group, A LEADER is that person capable of guiding and teaching others to become LEADERS”  –Mr. Benavides