Many of us realize our dreams during childhood. Mine was to become an Olympic gymnast. As a little girl I would do cartwheels and handstands all over the house. I begged my parents to enroll me in gymnastics classes but at the time they could not afford it. Over time, I stopped doing gymnastics and my passion for it fell to the wayside although I was still very passionate about health and fitness.
Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana or the Extended Big Toe Pose is an advanced variation of the Big Toe Pose that promotes strength and stability of posture and the mind. This pose requires a great deal of focus and rhythmic breathing while maintaining engagement of the middle and lower body muscles.
Utthita Parsvakonasana or the Extended Side Angle pose is an excellent torso stretch pose. When properly positioned, you should find your upper arm, spine, and back leg forming one continuous diagonal line from your feet to your finger tips.
Bhujangasana or Baby Cobra is commonly used in a vinyasa flow sequence as a beginners variation to Upward Facing Dog. One of the best uses of this pose is to increase flexibility in the spine and back muscles. This will allow you to build the foundational strength needed to achieve more advanced back bend poses as you progress through your practice.
Aerial yoga is a type of anti-gravity yoga and has recently gained popularity. It requires the use of silk fabrics tied to the ceiling in a hammock style and suspends the individual in various poses above the floor. The silks are also used to increase balance and stretch when doing floor poses.