Pincha mayurasana

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  Pincha mayurasana–the elusive forearm-stand. While this pose boasts multiple physical, mental and emotional benefits: helping to develop better balance and shoulder and core strength, cultivating inward focus, mental stillness, and self-confidence (because hey, this is a pretty freakin’ hard pose), it’s hard to fully reap these benefits…when you can’t even properly get into it. Yes, you can use a wall for balance. Yes, you can ensure proper shoulder/elbow-alignment by securing a strap above the elbows and firming the hands into a block on the ground. But that’s a lot of extra stuff. And I don’t know about you, but...

Full Pigeon Pose

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  FULL PIGEON POSE Coming into full pigeon pose without assistance or props is incredibly challenging, if not impossible, for most practitioners. It's demanding on the back and the quads, and requires a tight core and deep external rotation of the shoulders. The Yoga Wheel takes care of a lot of these problems for you (but please do warm up the front body when doing ANY back-bending.)  Begin in a supported supta virasana, with the Yoga Wheel at the hollow of the lower back. Lay back onto the wheel, as mentioned earlier, coaxing the spine into an even, smooth backbend....

Supported Bridge Pose with the Seigla Yoga Wheel

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  SUPPORTED BRIDGE POSE When setting up supported bridge pose, most reach for blocks. The problem with blocks, however, is the backbend is anything but even–there is a sharp bend in the lower back, and the mid and upper back go largely untouched That tension in the lower back then travels up the spine to the mid and upper back, causing neck strain. The Siegla yoga wheel fosters a smooth, safe bend throughout the spine–as the upper, mid, and lower back are encouraged to drape evenly over the curved surface (instead of simply collapsing into the lower back. It not only...

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