Meru Wakrasana (spinal twist pose) is a basic spinal twist that can be used by just about anyone with the few exceptions of serious back conditions or severe abdominal disorders. Meru Wakrasana stimulates and tones the abdominal region, awakening manipura chakra, the city of jewels where the creative potentials of life are retained.
This posture is used therapeutically the stretch the spine, loosen the vertebrae column, and tone the central nervous system. Under professional supervision it is applied for general cases of backache, neck pain, and sciatica. Practicing this asana daily can improve the health and flexibility of the spinal column. It can also balance the functions of the abdominal organs.
Kashtha Takshanasana (tree cutters pose) is a dynamic posture which is modeled after the action of a tree cutter.
Manipura chakra, the solar plexus, is the core energetic focus within this posture. With the constriction of the abdominal region and the overall toning of the spinal column isolates the energy of the luminous body towards manipura. Once active, manipura becomes a conduit for creativity and vitality. It is also linked to the visceral organs.
Anatomically this posture loosens the pelvic area including the hips, thighs, and groins. It can therefore be used therapeutically during the first trimester of pregnancy or prior to conception. Stability in this posture is derived from the abdomen, thighs, and lower legs which together are strengthened within this posture. Additional the shoulders and upper back are stretched and strengthened.
Hasta Utthanasana (raised arm pose) is a light posture for enriching the upper body with energy. Introducing the flexion and extension of the cervical spine (neck) motivates the energetic stimulation of vishuddhi chakra, the seat of the intuitive nature of the human being.
Awakening vishuddhi chakra leads towards a superhuman state of consciousness which is liked to the intuitive disposition of human nature. In most people this higher state of being is dormant, suppressed by individualistic thinking and egocentric ideologies. Through this practice you can begin to connect to the energy in and surrounding vishuddhi chakra which will aid in meditation upon the intuitive center.
Physiologically and anatomically this posture helps to correct postural miladies including rounded shoulders and stiffness in the upper back. Moving the arms, head, and breath in a rhythmical cycle increases breath capacity and relaxes the mind. This posture also helps to improve circulation especially to the coronary arteries.
Ganesh Mudra (elephant gesture or gesture of the elephant god) is an energetic posture/gesture for awakening anahata chakra, the luminous heart center. This mudra is designed with the intention of stimulating the energy within and surround anahata chakra which acts as a conduit for awakening higher states of cognition including compassion, love, and empathy.
This mudra allows for an expressive connection to Lord Ganesh, the remover of obstacles who allows for advancing growth in spirituality.
Anatomically this posture targets the chest, arms, shoulders, and upper back thereby toning them and increasing their strength. It can also be used to relieve tension suspended within the deeper skeletal muscles that are hidden underneath the shoulder blades that can sometimes be a victim of psycho-somatic tension.
Dwikonasana (double angle pose) is a posture for awakening anahata chakra, the heart chakra or literally seat of the "unstruck sound". Anahata chakra is the energetic center for the spiritually emotive sensations of love, compassion, connection and understanding. It is also the bridge point between the individualized consciousness with the universal consciousness.
Therapeutically dwikonasana strengthens the intraspinatus muscles and other major muscle groups sarrounding the shoulder blades including the rhomboids, teres muscle, and trapezius muscles. It also tones and develops the chest and neck. This practice should not be performed by those who have shoulder injuries.
Dolasana (pendulum pose) is a dynamic asana that is used to relax the spinal column and alleviate any tension in the upper body. It activates the energy in Swadhisthana which helps in the regulation of the unconscious nature of our mind.
This posture is used therapeutically for alleviating backache. Through the inverted swing blood flow to the brain and face is increased which influences the youthfulness of the facial tissues and the neurological functions of the brain. This practice should be avoided by those who suffer from high blood pressure or vertigo.
Shashankasana (hare pose) is a favorite amongst the relaxation postures for correcting spinal complications including backache, compressed nerves, misaligned spinal discs, and poor posture.
This posture targets swadhisthana chakra, the seat of the subconscious and unconscious mind. This is also the energy center for our sexual intimacy. Performing this practice regularly calms a tensed mind, improves sexuality, and opens the oceans of the subconscious nature of our thoughts and feelings which can be used therapeutically under the right guidance.
Akarna Dhanurasana (Bow and Arrow Pose) is a yoga practice that is capable of awakening anahata chakra (the heart chakra). It is also is beneficial practice for strengthening the chest, upper back, arms, and shoulders. It can treat asthma, cardiological complications, tension, fatigue, and rounded shoulders.
Ardha Usthrasana (half camel pose) is a practice for awakening anahata charka, the heart chakra. Anahata is the seat of our spiritual-based emotions of love, compassion, and understanding. By activating anahata the practitioner connects to the interdependent design of the universe.
Ardha Usthrasana is also used therapeutically to relieve constipation, indigestion, reproductive disorders like infertility, menstrual disorders, and menopausal symptoms. Also strengthens and stretches spinal column, improving the overall health of the spine and relieving mild cases of backache and pain.
Pranamasa (bowing pose) is a exemplary preparatory practice for sirshasana (head stand). There are many asanas, but pranamasa is of an advanced class of yogic practices because it stimulates sahasrara chakra, the thousand pedaled lotus flower energy center for the god-center.
Pranamasana can be used therapeutically to strengthen the cervical spine. It can also treat asthma and bronchitis. The inversion and position of the body tones the lungs, improving respiration. In addition to this, inflammation, phlegm deposits, and congestion are also relieved from the respiratory track.