Standing Head to Knee. A step by step guide.

Standing Head to Knee. A step by step guide.

January 11, 2022 4 min read

What is Standing Heading to Knee ?

  The Standing Head to Knee Pose is a balancing and strengthening posture in the Bikram Hot Yoga Series called in Sanskrit Dandayamana Janushirsasana. The breakdown of the name Dandayamana Janushirsasasana in Sankrit is Dandayamana which means standing. If you want to break down Dandayamana a little further in Sanskrit, the meaning of Danda is "Stick," and Yamana has the definition of "Restraint."

  Janushirsasasana is broken into three parts in Sanskrit: Janu means knee, Shira stands for head, and Asana means posture. The easiest way to understand this posture for beginners is to break it down into three separate parts. We are going to try and explain this pose for beginners to easily understand.


Head to Knee Pose with Stretching Pose in Bikram Hot Yoga

Head to Knee with Stretching Pose in Bikram Hot Yoga.

December 26, 2021 5 min read

Head to Knee with Stretching Pose: An overview.

 

 

  The Head to Knee with Stretching Pose in the Bikram How Yoga Series comes between Rabbit Pose and Spine Twist. It is called Janushirsasana Paschimotthanasana  in Sanskrit and breaks down as follows: Janu stands for "knee", the word Shirsha means "head" and Asana has the definition of "posture" or "seat". The name Paschima means "west" or "back of the body", Uttana is defined as "straight", "extended" or "intense stretch" and as before Asana means "posture" or "seat".


Rabbit Pose in Bikram Yoga benefits and tutorial

Rabbit Pose in Bikram Yoga benefits and tutorial

December 26, 2021 4 min read

 

Overview of the Rabbit Pose in Bikram Yoga

 

The Rabbit Pose  in the Bikram Hot Yoga Series or called Sasangasana in Sanskrit follows the deep backward bend of the Camel Pose with a deep forward bend which helps improve moment in the spine. The meaning of Sasangasana translating from Sanskrit to English breaks down as follows:  Sasaka which has the meaning of "rabbit" and Asana has the meaning of "pose".

An interesting fact about Rabbit Pose in the Bikram Series is that it is the only pose that the dialogue calls for the allowance of using a prop. This is when they suggest that if you are struggling establish a grip you are able to use a towel. The Rabbit Pose helps you round and lengthen the back of the body and compress and compact the front of the body. Lets get right into it and discuss how to do the Rabbit Pose in the Bikram Hot Yoga Series properly.


Half Tortoise Pose  in Bikram Yoga

Half Tortoise Pose in Bikram Yoga

December 26, 2021 4 min read

 

Half Tortoise Half Tortoise Pose  in Bikram Yoga. What is it?

 

   The Half Tortoise Pose in Bikram Hot Yoga Series or Ardha Kurmasana in Sanskrit is a spine lengthening and stretching pose that works the whole back. Ardha Kurmasana, translated from Sanskrit to English, breaks down as follows: Ardha means half, kurma means tortoise or turtle, and asana as always means pose. The Half Tortoise Pose is an excellent posture to do outside of the Hot Room and can be profoundly calming and relaxing to do. It is used to assist with sleep disorders and insomnia, so if you have trouble sleeping, you can do a set of Half Tortoise Pose before you go to bed. Half Tortoise also helps open up the rib cage so it can help you breathe more deeply and fully. Let us explore in more detail how to do the Half Tortoise Pose in the following paragraphs.


Bikram Spine Twist

Bikram Spine Twist

December 26, 2021 4 min read

 

 The  Bikram Spine Twist. An overview. 

    The Spine Twisting Pose in the Bikram Hot Yoga Series is the final posture you do before doing the Kapalabhati Breathing Exercise. The name of the Bikram Spine Twist Pose in Sanskrit is Ardha Matsyendrasana and has the following transition into English: Ardha has the meaning of "half:, Matsya translates to English as "fish" or "lord," Indra means "king" in English, and as always Asana means "pose" or "seat."

   The posture is generally referred to as Half Lord Of The Fishes Pose in the Bikram Series. It is the only posture in the Bikram Hot Yoga Series that you do one set of and the reason for this is that you do not need to do any more than one set of Spine Twisting. You are just trying to create a balance between the left and right sides of the body in Spine Twist. It looks and sounds simple to do, but it is easy to get mixed up in this pose for both new students and new teachers, so let us do a review of the final pose in the Bikram Hot Yoga Series before your final breathing and Savasana.


Camel Pose in Bikram Yoga  .Let us take a look.

Camel Pose in Bikram Yoga .Let us take a look.

December 26, 2021 4 min read

What is Camel Pose in Bikram Yoga ?

  The Camel Pose in Bikram Hot Yoga Series or Ustrasana is a deep back bending pose that compresses and strengthens the spine. It also opens and stretches the front of the body. Camel Pose is called Ustrasana in Sanskrit and it comes from the words Ustra with the definition of "camel" and Asana meaning "seat" or "posture". It is the deepest back bend in the Bikram Hot Yoga Series that has tremendous health benefits that we will go over in a little bit.


How to do Fixed Firm in the Bikram Series safely.

How to do Fixed Firm in the Bikram Series safely.

December 26, 2021 4 min read

 

What is Fixed Firm in the Bikram Series ?

  The Fixed Firm in the Bikram Series  is also called Reclining Diamond or Thunderbolt and called Supta Vajrasana in Sanskrit. Even though the most common name in the Bikram Series is Fixed Firm, the Sanskrit term Supta Vajrasana translates into English: Supta has the definition of "reclining," vajra has the meaning of "thunderbolt." Asana has the description of "pose." The Fixed Firm is the ultimate posture where you need to not force your way in and just listen to your body and notice your breath as you go into the pose, and the moment you see pain or discomfort, you need to take a step back. Let the pose up to you up and do not try and force your way into it. Doing one percent of the posture correctly will give you all the pose benefits, so take it easy on yourself. 


Savasana in the Bikram Series. A brief description of the Corpse Pose.

Savasana in the Bikram Series. A brief description of the Corpse Pose.

December 26, 2021 4 min read

 

 A better understanding of Savasana in the Bikram Series

    Savasana in the Bikram Series is a restful and meditative posture used in many different forms of yoga, including the Bikram Hot Yoga Series, which we will be going over in this article. The word Savasana translates from Sanskrit to English as follows: Shava has the meaning of "corpse," and Asana has the definition of "seat" or "posture." Even though Savasana looks like you are just laying on your back, it is so much more and is considered a posture in the Bikram Series.

Your first Savasana comes after you have finished the Toe Stand and you finished the Standing Series. When you do the floor series poses, you do a Savasana between each posture and one last long Savasana when you are done the series. Savasana allows you to receive all the Bikram Hot Yoga Series benefits, so we need to ensure we are doing it correctly. This is not just lying on your back, so let's describe the proper form you need to use to get all of its benefits


Wind Removing Pose in the Bikram Series.

Wind Removing Pose in the Bikram Series.

December 26, 2021 5 min read

 

What is Wind Removing Pose ?

  The Wind Removing Pose in the Bikram Hot Yoga Series is the first pose of the floor series and helps prepare you to do the Spine Strengthening Series. The name of the Wind Removing Pose is called Pavanamuktasana in Sanskrit. The Sanskrit name Pavanamuktasana breaks down into English in the following way: Pavan has the English meaning of "wind, Mukta translates from Sanskrit to English as "free," and as always, Asana has the meaning in English as "seat" or "posture." Let's take a detailed look at the correct way to do Wind Removing Pose.


What is Toe Stand in the Bikram Series.

What is Toe Stand in the Bikram Series.

December 26, 2021 4 min read

 

What is Toe Stand in the Bikram Series

 

  The Toe Stand in the Bikram Series or Padangusthasana in Sanskrit is the last pose in the standing series before you take your Savasana. The Sanskrit word Padangusthasana has the English translation of Big Toe Stand and is done in other yoga series besides Bikram Hot Yoga. The Toe Stand has a lot of similarities to the previous pose in the series, which is Tree Stand but is much more advanced. It is also the final pose in the balancing portion of the Hot Yoga Series. You will find that many students of Hot Yoga can not do the Toe Stand but will do a second set of Tree Stand in its place.

  You need to be very careful of going into the Toe Stand because it is easy to injure yourself, especially your knee. I personally know yoga instructors who, during teacher training, were forced by bad trainers to go into Toe Stand and seriously injure their knees, and it took them a long time to recover. You should never let any yoga instructor force you to do anything you cannot do, but that is a story and post for some other time. Let's now take a look at how you do the Toe Stand safely and correctly.



1 2 Next

Let's connect