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And then, sometimes, I take on Instagram challenges like the Namaslay Asanas which broadens my practice and reminds me how much I really don't know.


Asanas

Herebelow is a listing of some poses, so I remember them and because I just can't get enough selfies ;)

Adho Mukha Svanasana

Downward dog is the colloquial name for this pose which is often repeated in yoga routines. Alternating bending the knees in this pose is a good way to loosen the legs up.

2018, Bønes
2019, Skjoldbukta, Nordåsvatnet
2020, Laksevåg

Baddha Konasana

In gymnastics we called it the butterfly - sitting with feet together and knees out.

2020, Laksevåg

Bakasana

This pose balancing one's legs atop one's arms is often called the crow pose, but more aptly is should perhaps be called the don't-fall-on-your-face pose.

2017, Bønes
2020, Laksevåg

Balasana

The child's pose is one almost anyone can do and is quite relaxing.

2018, Bønes
2018, Bønes
2018, Bønes
2020, Laksevåg

Bhujangasana

The cobra pose is often confused with upward dog, but in this one the yogi's legs are in full contact with the ground.

2020, Laksevåg

Dandasana

In English this pose is more commonly called sitting.

2020, Laksevåg

Dekasana

Balancing on one leg with arms back this asana is often known as the aeroplane.

2018, Bønes
2018, Lisboa

Dhanurasana

This belly pose has one reaching around and grabbing one's ankles from behind.

2018, Tiger Mountain, Washington State
2018, Bønes
2020, Laksevåg

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana

More commonly called the pigeon, this pose is often transitioned to from downward dog. If one is a runner this is a great pose to destiffen the legs after a long run.

2018, Bønes
2019, Bønes
2019, Skjoldbukta, Nordåsvatnet

Janu Sirsasana

Sitting stretch to touch the toes of one leg.

2020, Laksevåg

Kumbhakasana

The plank is basically holding oneself at the top of a pushup with the body straight just like a plank of wood.

2019, Skjoldbukta, Nordåsvatnet
2020, Laksevåg

Natarajasana

The dancer is by fair my favorite selfie pose.

2017, Tarlebøveien, Bergen
2018, Seattle
2018, Fjøsanger
2018, New York City
2019, Stone Mountain, Georgia
2019, Catania, Sicily

Paripurna Navasana

Often called the boat, this pose one can be done in a high and low version. Alternating between the two repeatedly can be quite a challenge for the abdominal muscles.

2020, Laksevåg

Parivritta Namaste Parsvakonasana

This is a nice twisty lunging pose.

2020, Laksevåg

Parivritta Trikonasana

This is a nice twisty triangle pose.

2020, Laksevåg

Parivritta Utkatasana

This is a twisted variant of the chair pose.

2018, Bønes

Paschimottanasana

Sit down. Legs straight. Touch your toes and pull your chest as close to your knees as you can.

2020, Laksevåg

Prasarita Padottanasana

Legs spread, bentover forward, with arms clasped behind the back.

2020, Laksevåg

Salabhasana

A belly pose with back arched and arms and legs back.

2020, Laksevåg

Sarvangasana

Perhaps my favorite inversion, this one is also sometimes known as Salamba Sarvangasana.

2018, Flåm
2020, Laksevåg

Setu Bandha Sarvangasana

For some reason my knees have never really liked this pose, so I don't do it often.

2018, Bønes
2020, Laksevåg

Tadasana

This pose is just standing at attention. Remember, don't lock your knees kids!

2020, Laksevåg

Urdhva Dhanurasana

The back bend is familiar to any gymnast, but requires both arm strength and balance to master.

2018, Bønes
2019, San Francisco
2019, Lavik Oppedal Ferry
2019, Damsgårdfjellet
2020, Laksevåg

Urdhva Hastasana

I've always thought of this as the half moon pose, but apparently most people call something else that.

2020, Laksevåg

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana

The upward dog pose is not the same as cobra, because in updog one's legs do not touch the ground. It is only the hands and tops of the feet which make contact. Often one transitions between this and downward dog

2018, Bønes
2018, Lisboa
2020, Laksevåg

Utkatasana

This is often know as the chair pose.

2020, Laksevåg

Utthita Parsvakonasana

Kind of similar to a triangle pose, but with one of the legs bent at the knee.

2020, Laksevåg

Utthita Trikonasana

Commonly called the triangle pose, standing with legs spread one reaches a hand down to one foot while reaching the other toward the sky.

2020, Laksevåg

Vasisthasana

The side plank is a staple of many workout routines even outside of yoga.

2020, Laksevåg

Virabhadrasana

This warrior pose comes in several variants with legs planted the same but arms in differing formations.

2018, Bønes
2019, Nice
2019, Nice
2019, Skjoldbukta, Nordåsvatnet

Virasana

This one also doesn't feel so great on the knees...

2020, Laksevåg

Vrksasana

The tree pose requires a strong core and a level of balance.

2018, Cleveland, Ohio
2018, Preikestolen
2018, Gdańsk
2018, Sveaborg Fortress, Finland
2020, Laksevåg
2010, Maxwell in Lincoln, Nebraska

Videos

Trying to make an Instagram yoga post...
First Handstand Attempt
Yoga Time!
Pilates Tree Position

Writing About Yoga

If you're interested in the scientific basis for the practice, I'd recommend William J' Broad's The Science of Yoga.

Blogs:
Yoga & Me
Documenting yoga poses
Fat Bottom Yoga
Beer & Yoga
Saturday Yoga

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Last Alteration Performed: 8 January 2020 by Bradley James Wogsland.