Stiff yoga guide: Paschimottanasana

Pushing along again in our look at a modified half-Primary Ashtanga practice, with a twin set of goals of trying to earn some flexibility and maintain proper alignments: straight back when appropriate, right dristi, etc. Paschimottanasana, hopefully obviously, is one that cries out for focus on the uncooperative hamstrings. A few tricks: I definitely have … Continue reading Stiff yoga guide: Paschimottanasana

Stiff yoga guide: Virabhadrasana A & B

I suppose I’ve sort of touched on parts of these poses during the Surya B entry early on in this series. But let’s see what we might be doing a little differently during these poses. (I suppose there’s also this for a guide, if you’re into that sort of thing.) And my disclaimer: These are tweaks I’m … Continue reading Stiff yoga guide: Virabhadrasana A & B

Stiff yoga guide: Utkatasana

First off, I have to effuse for a second. Over at ashtangayoga.info, where I get most of my asana photos (including the one below), Utkatasana — chair pose, right? — is described as Wild Posture. I. Love. That. So much better than “chair pose.” It evokes so well the dynamism of this pose, which is … Continue reading Stiff yoga guide: Utkatasana

Stiff yoga guide: Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana

Here’s a good example of being lost in your practice. I mentioned that when Bobbie and I went down to Tim Miller’s this Sunday for his Led First, we had a moment in Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana. When Tim got me to grab (with some aid) my foot with my wrapped arm, I didn’t know what to … Continue reading Stiff yoga guide: Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana

Stiff yoga guide: Utthita Hasta Padangushthasana

I’m just generally roping these next three poses under the “UHP” banner. I realize Utthita Parshvasahita is in here, plus UHP B. I’m not here to sweat the small stuff. Or maybe I am. As a reminder, these stiff yoga guides are based around a now more than month-long return to basics approach to Ashtanga, with … Continue reading Stiff yoga guide: Utthita Hasta Padangushthasana

Stiff yoga guide: Parshvottanasana

Last pose, if you will, of the basic/fundamental part of Ashtanga: Parshvottanasana. But first, the usual reminder: I’m on a now more than month-long return to basics approach to Ashtanga, with a focus on trying to emphasize both the stretches in the pose and the correct alignment, rather than moving more fully into the poses. What … Continue reading Stiff yoga guide: Parshvottanasana

Stiff yoga guide: Prasarita Padottanasana

Slowly and not so surely we are getting near the end of the fundamental or basic poses in this stiff yoga modification series. This time, the four Prasaritas. And you can be assured there are plenty of adjustments made. As always, the quick reminder: I’m on a month-long return to basics approach to Ashtanga, with … Continue reading Stiff yoga guide: Prasarita Padottanasana

Stiff yoga guide: The Parshvakonasanas

Hey! We’re getting somewhere, right? Approaching half-way through the fundamental, standing poses. As a reminder, a month-long effort to get back-to-basics and try to loosen up some of my intransigent stiffness led me to highlight some of the for-stiff-people modifications I’ve got going on in my somewhat like Ashtanga practice. At least a few people responded … Continue reading Stiff yoga guide: The Parshvakonasanas

Stiff yoga guide: The Trikonasanas

If you want to consider it this way, business is now about to pick up when it comes to our run through my inspired by stiffness Ashtanga (sort of?) practice. You can search “stiff yoga guide” and get the past ones (or just click here). As a reminder, the basic gist: My back-to-basics approach definitely has … Continue reading Stiff yoga guide: The Trikonasanas