Shala News & Hip Openers

Shala News & Hip Openers

  • Posted by Kaleigh
  • On May 28, 2018
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In The Shala

Today, May 30th is the last day to save $300 on our 300-hour Yoga Teacher Training! This training is for anyone who wants to learn more about all aspects of yoga that we don’t have time to cover in regular classes. You don’t have to want to be a teacher to get a lot out of this weekend-only training!

Sammy Brown will be back from Beirut, Lebanon and back on our class schedule starting in July! We have missed him and are so excited that he will be back.

Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimattanasa

Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimattanasa is a forward fold that opens the hips and knees and lengthens the spine. The abdominal organs are toned and circulation to the pelvis is increased. The position of the heel also benefits the digestive system and the flexibility of the legs is increased. This posture also increases flexibility in the shoulders, pecs, arms and upper back as well as strengthening the core.

This asana is one of the first postures in the seated sequence of the primary series of Ashtanga Yoga. It should be learned under the supervision of a qualified teacher to get maximum benefit and to avoid injury. Separate hip and quadriceps opening exercises may be called for before attempting this asana

The name of the pose is broken down as such:

Ardha (अर्ध, Ardha) = half
Baddha (बद्ध, Baddha) = bound
Padma (पद्म, Padma) = Lotus
Paschima (पश्चिम, Paścima) = Back, West, Back of Body
ud (उद्, ud) =Prefix for Verbs or Nouns which indicates superiority in Location, Rank, Power, Intensity.
tana (तान, tāna) = stretched
uttana (उत्तान, uttāna) = intense stretch, straight, straightened
asana (आसन, āsana) = Posture
Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana (अर्ध बद्ध पद्म पश्चिमोत्तानासन, Ardha Baddha Padma Paścimottānāsana) = Half-bound-Lotus-with-intense-stretch-of-back-of-body

Happy yoga, and see you on your mats!

BY SARAH JANE
YOGA DIRECTOR AT THE FRONT CLIMBING CLUB