Yoga Flowers

Yogini /yohguh-nee/: female yoga practitioner

Yogi  /yoh-gee/: male yoga practitioner

Yoga  /yoh-guh/: to unite

Sanskrit yuj: to add, to join, to unite

An ancient practice of meditation, yoga evolved to include postures or asanas (as the third limb of the Eight-Limbed path of Patanjali’s yoga, a sage who wrote The Yoga Sutra, one of the six classic yoga philosophies) geared towards preparing the body for sustained periods of meditation. Current yogic cultivations range from pure physical practice to shades of combinatory styles.

Several relevant branches of yoga include:

  • Bhakti Yoga//Devotion
  • Hatha Yoga//Physical Exercise
  • Jnana Yoga//Wisdom
  • Karma Yoga//Service
  • Mantra Yoga//Sound
  • Raja Yoga//Meditation

This series of flowers will focus on Hatha Yoga postures, highlighting various asanas along my journey as a yogini. Concomitant with my PhD in Kinesiology: the study of the human body in motion, initial focus will be on the anatomy of poses in a effort to enlighten future yogic endeavors.

Surya Namaskar // Sun Salutation

Intertwined with the breath as a vinyasa style of postures, this sequence is traditionally performed at sunrise in salute to the sun & as a way of awakening the chakras. Though various sequences of asanas exist (usually as an inclusion of alternative postures conducive to one’s current physical status), we will examine the following 7even stances:

Sanskrit Pose Chakra Color
1) Tadasana Mountain Anahata Green
2) Urdhva Hastasana Raised Arms Vishuddhi Blue
3) Uttanasana Forward Bend Muladhara Red
4) Anjaneyasana Low Lunge Ajna Violet
5) Chaturanga Dandasana Four-Limbed Staff Vishuddhi Blue
6) Urdhva Mukha Svanasana Upward-Facing Dog Muladhara Red
7) Adho Mukha Svanasana Downward-Facing Dog Vishuddhi Blue

Watch these flowers blossom into explorations of the various branches of yoga, photographic instruction & athleisure episodes from Bright Manor. Thanks for joining the journey!

Check back for updates as my comprehension of this art transforms…

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