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There is Trikonasana the Triangle Pose without the twist and with a twist. In Yoga you can find twists within every category of pose: standing, seated, inverted, and reclining. They are good and cleansing poses, working deeply on the internal organs in a “squeeze-and-soak” action. As you squeeze a sponge to rid it of dirty water, the twists squeeze the abdominal organs, forcing out toxins and waste. Then when you release the twist, fresh blood rushes into those organs, bathing the cells with oxygen and nutrients. The benefits are:

  • Strengthens and stretches the legs
  • Stretches the hips and spine
  • Opens the chest to improve breathing
  • Relieves mild back pain
  • Stimulates the abdominal organs
  • Improves sense of balance 

Information from Yoga Journal



The effects of this pose are amazing. Holding Trikonasana for about 30 seconds each side actives the spine keeping it supple and long and can improve the posture. Space is created between the vertebrae and discs in the Spine with this gentle lateral flexion/twisting action. Muscles are stretched and contracted evenly. It’s very beneficial for the legs, hips, back and chest. The lymphatic system is able to drain in this pose. The pressure of the squeeze/soak on the diaphragm is also assisting the movement of lymphatic fluids, as the major lymphatic organs (the spleen & the thymus) are based around the thoracic spine area, behind the diaphragm. The twisting action is beneficial to releasing any toxins from the lymphatic system.

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Don’t compare

I went to a new Yoga class yesterday. It felt good, the teacher was a lovely woman, the room and the atmosphere were full of good energy.

I’ve been practising Yoga for quite a while (about 9 years) and one of many things you learn is to never compare; neither during a Yoga class nor in your everyday life. Why? Because it makes you unhappy, because you will always see what others have or can do and you don’t. What is the point?

Despite my years of practise and my eagerness to learn all this, I caught myself comparing myself with the young woman on my left side. She is younger than me, can she go as deep as I can? I should go deeper in this pose or hold it for longer as I am sure I’ve been practising Yoga for longer than her, I am older.

Shame on me!

What is it with us humans that we tend to be competitive?

  • Did our parents teach us,
  • or does our society make us competitive,
  • or are humans competitive by nature?

Maybe all three, maybe it’s essential for us to survive in the Business World. Then it’s to learn WHEN to be competitive! Maybe?

Comparing myself with the woman on my left made me go deeper into my Yoga poses and hold them longer which is good for the practise but not so good for myself. It stressed me. Yoga is the opposite. So I will keep on trying, learning and not comparing.


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Utkatasana Chair Pose



  • Strenghtens your ankles
  • the legs muscles develope evenly
  • loosens inflexibility in the shoulders
  • the diaphragm lifts up and gives the heart a light massage

good pose for equestrians!

Benefits of Warrior One

The role of Warrior One is vast. Done properly and consistently, the most noticeable benefits include:

– Increased flexibility in the hips and shoulders with – enhanced stability
– Toned abdominal organs
– Ability to face life with an open heart
– Increased strength in legs, and back
– Increased strength in your ankles
– Relieved back pain and sciatica


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