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Utthita Parsvakonasana - Extended Side Angle Pose

Utthita Parsvakonasana is a pose performed as part of the standing sequence in Vinyasa flow yoga. The name Utthita Parsvakonasana is derived from three Sanskrit words utthita meaning extended, parsva meaning side or flank and kona meaning angle. The name, therefore, translates to extended side...
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Hamstrings and Yoga

Hamstring Anatomy and DescriptionBefore looking at the hamstrings and their place in yoga practice, it’s worth considering thigh anatomy and the different muscles that are involved. Hamstrings refer to a group of muscles and their tendons that are located at the back of the upper leg. There...
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Warrior I Pose - Virabhadrasana I

There are three variations of the Warrior pose. These are named for a famous warrior, Virabhdra. Some people are confused by this because they believe that yogis follow a path of passivism. They are right in thinking that, but we should also remember that the Bhagavad-Gita was the dialog used by...
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Guru - Teacher

The term ‘guru’ literally translates as ‘heavy’ or ‘venerable.’ It refers to a teacher or guide, and in Hindu tradition describes an intimate spiritual teacher, ‘heavy’ with the spiritual knowledge required for spiritual awareness, and worthy of intense devotion and respect....
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Scapula and Yoga

The scapula is commonly called the shoulder blade and is a flat triangular bone. Together with the clavicle and the sternum, the scapula forms part of the shoulder girdle, which attaches the appendicular skeleton (the limbs) to the axial skeleton (the trunk). The scapula is at the back of the...
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