ONE LEGGED POSE OF THE SAGE GALAVA  HOW TO PERFORM • Sometimes called ‘Flying Crow’, this is an intense arm balance, that combines aspects of hip opening, abdominal awareness and strength. Resist the temptation to take yourself too seriously, instead cultivate a sense of lightness and freedom

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FIRE LOG POSE HOW TO PERFORM • Tame the fiery intensity of Agni Stambhasana by holding your ground and breathing deeply. Allow all sensations to rise, letting them ebb and flow through a cool and calm mind. • To prepare for this pose, I’d transition from Baddha Konasana. From

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 HEAD OF KNEE POSE   HOW TO PERFORM  Establish Dandasana (Staff pose), elevating your bum onto a folded blanket should you experience any rounding through the lumbar spine. Bend the right knee, and gently drop it to the right side. Set the foot to the top of the inside

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 UPWARD STAFF POSE  HOW TO PERFORM (from the headstand) • Come up into your headstand, breathe evenly and prepare your mind for variations. A good way to do this is to visualise yourself in the variation you are about to do, in this case Urdhva Dandasana. • Then pull

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EXTENDED HAND TO BIG TOE POSE  HOW TO PERFORM  • Stand in Tadasana (Mountain pose) with your feet together, spine upright, open across your chest and relax your shoulders and lift out of the hips. • Deepen your breath and focus your gaze on a still point ahead

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STAFF POSE   HOW TO PERFORM  • Sit with your legs outstretched, your spine upright and feet flexed. If needed place a folded blanket under your sitting bones (ischium) to create a lift. This will ease pressure in your hamstrings and pelvis, supporting you to maintain the posture. •

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BIRD OF PARADISE HOW TO PERFORM Bird of paradise is best approached from extended side angle, Utthita Parsvakonasana. • From extended side angle with the right foot forward, thread the right arm under the right thigh and the left arm behind the back to come into a bind. •

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WARRIOR III HOW TO PERFORM • From Virabhadrasana I, place the hands on your hips and shift the weight forwards onto the front foot. • As you inhale, lift the back leg from the floor, hinging from the front hip. Begin to drop the torso forward as the back

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TREE POSE HOW TO PERFORM • Stand in mountain pose, tadasana, then transfer the weight into the left foot, visualising the sole of the foot rooted to the earth. • Bend the right leg at the knee and place the right heel at the root of the left

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