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Class of 10/23/11

posted Oct 30, 2011, 7:34 PM by Balvihar Teachers Yoga   [ updated Oct 30, 2011, 7:36 PM by Balvihar Administrator ]

Warm ups – For warm ups we did a simple exercise which involves  crossing your arms in front of you and holding your ears and do a series of squatting and standing.  This is done typically in front of Lord Ganesha in India.   In Southern India, it is called “Thoppukaranam” (in Tamil) or “Gunjeellu” (in Telugu) and in Northern India, it is called “Kaan Paati” (in Hindi) and Utah Beshi (in Marathi).  This exercise warms up your body and is supposed to increase one’s focus and concentration.

In addition to these we did ankle rotations, knee lifts, hip swings and lunges.

Asanas The following poses were practiced in class

For more information on these poses please look up the following link to Yoga Journal  -

Veerabhadrasana – Warrior Poses I, II and III

Adho Mukha Svanasana- Downward facing dog

Vajrasana  - Thunder Bolt Pose

Balasana –  Child Pose

In addition to these poses children were asked what they would like to do and as per them we did

Urdhva Dhanurasana - Upward Bow or Wheel Pose

Bhujangasana- Cobra pose

Dhanurasana - Bow pose

Savasana- Corpse Pose