Yoga poses (and stretches) are listed alphabetically below.
Click on the alphabetical heading of any section to return to the index below.
The first part of the index links to text entries, the second part to entries with pictures of yoga poses.
Ideas for turning balance into a general skill along with two simple exercises for learning how to balance.
Eka Pada Bakasana
the transition from Marichyasana A
controlling tension in the IT Band
(How it helps to stabilize the Hip)
(Lifting the back ribs to improve ribcage awareness and control)
Stretches for your your inner thighs
Backbending at the Hips, Lumbar and/or Thoracic Spine
Try relaxing your shoulder until you straighten your leg.
Use your shoulders to push your ribcage backwards and upwards.
The hard part is getting binding arms and legs. So you may find it helps to practice them separately.
Try picking a balance point just in-front of your elbows (towards the hands).
This hip stretch targets the glutes. Note the position of the shoulder relative to the foot.
Focus on feeling your foot to help stay balanced.
Try stabilizing both knees while pulling your chest towards your thigh.
One way to work towards kneeling on both knees is to practice one leg at a time.
One option for locust pose is to lift the legs first (activate the knees), then lift the torso.
To get your feet off of the floor shift your weight forwards.
The first step after exhaling all of your air is to pull your ribcage up, away from your pelvis.
To lift the hip focus on pressing down with the front knee.
For reclining quad stretches you may find it helps to press the bottom foot into the floor.
Try activating the front and back of the thighs before lifting the hips.
Practice shoulder activation by doing this pose with knees bent first.
Use this as a preparation (or substitute) for tree pose.
Legs strong, press feet down, pull hips forwards.
Learn to use your legs to push your hips up.
As a yoga teacher, I'm constantly exploring new exercises, new ways of doing yoga poses.
There is no single "right way" of doing a yoga pose. Instead, there are options. And the better you are at "feeling" your body, the better you can get at choosing the right option for your body as it is now.
For any technique, the point of practice is to learn feel it and to control it, so that it can be used without thinking about how to use it.
And that is more or less the approach taken in all of my ebooks and videos. They help you to feel your body and control it so that you can work towards using it effectively in anything that you do.