The best "expression' of asana is not how it appears from the outside, but energetically how it "feels" from the inside. An individual's very anatomy can prevent one from ever perfecting the outward expression of any given asana, Not so with the somatic energetic sensation or expression of an asana that "feels" right to the practitioner from the inside. The reason for asana is to open up the energy channels on the physical body, so that energy can circulate freely. This can be effectively accomplished for any given individual while still respecting anatomical variations and restrictions. Perfect asana as seen from the outside MAY indeed never be possible, but perfect Expression of the asana, while respecting and honoring one's individual physical body IS indeed possible, and in fact, very achievable!

 

 Interesting Statement:  

"Do you have to think specific positive thoughts about your body in order for your body to be the way you want it to be?  No. But you have to not think the specific negative thoughts. If you could never again think about your body and, instead, just think pleasant thoughts — your body would reclaim its place of Well-being."   Abraham  

Exercise aches to never ignore http://www.more.com/health/fitness/exercise-aches-you-should-never-ignore

Some safety tips    http://video.about.com/yoga/Safety-Tips-for-Yoga-Class.htm  

4 Yoga Mistakes that Can Cause Knee Pain http://blog.gaiam.com/blog/4-yoga-poses-mistakes-that-can-cause-knee-pain/

Kripalu Yoga Posture Sheets  http://www.rahoorkhuit.net/library/yoga/hatha/kripalu/

A Good Warm Up Routine    http://yoga.about.com/od/yogasequences/tp/How-To-Warm-Up-For-Yoga.htm?nl=1 

 Sitting for Yoga!       http://mayallbehappy.org/meditation-postures/

The Alexander Technique

Posture INFORMATION WEBSITE: http://www.abc-of-yoga.com/

Remember instructions will give the "purpose" of the pose but are an approximation of how the pose will "show up" in each individual due to unique anatomical differences(causing compression) and or tension.
When practicing honor accessing the impulses and intuition arising from your body and to rely on your direct experience as the ultimate source of authority.

                                               TWISTS

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                     SUN SALUTATION-SURYA NAMASKAR 

Is a series of 12 postrues perormed in a single graceful flow with movement coordinated with breath  that builds strength and increases flexibility. Inhale as you extend or stretch and exhale as  you fold or contract.                                                                   Different styles of yoga perform this with their own variations. 

Relaxation Yoga primarily teaches a version "similar" to the following illustration keeping the head and knee more in neutral alignment and:

#4 Back Leg Extended

#5 Going to Low Plank on elbows

# 6 Lowering from low plank with aligned spine/or with knees bent modification

#7 Feet not flexed while in Cobra

 

 

                                           SUN SALUTATION VARIATION CHART

                                 MOON SALUTATION-CHANDRA NAMASKAR

Moon Salutations are a soothing yet empowering variation and counterbalance to classical Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskar). They allow us to honor the yin or feminine side of our energy, in contrast to the Sun Salutations, which are more yang, or masculine, in nature. A resurgence of the Moon Salutation is part of the rediscovery of the divine feminine at this important time in our evolution. However, moon salutations are not just for women! Men can reconnect, realign and cool-down fiery impulses through Moon Salutations. The moon is of particular importance in Hatha Yoga. The word Hatha is broken down as "Ha" meaning "sun" and "Tha" meaning "moon." 

..........................................tMoon SalutationPlan your future Moon Salutations! Follow the moon's cycles and phases and use this calendar to see any date 


                                         PS. THANKS LYDIA  FOR YOUR SUGGESTION!