Yoga Pose: Ardha Chandrasana

Yoga poses are good for physical health, mental health, emotional health and also have an anatomical focus and therapeutic benefits.

Recently I took part in a 20-hour Restorative Yoga teacher training with one of my favorite teachers and people, Vickie.

Every day we focused on different issues. One day the class was dedicated to women’s issues.

According to  a study done by Yoga Journal in 2012, 82.2 percent of yoga practitioners are women.

Since the majority of my yoga students will be women I will encounter women in various stages of their life: menstruation; pregnancy; and menopause.

When I was still in my Deep Yoga teacher training I wrote about the day we learned about women’s issues and we practiced while being “pregnant.”

The benefits of Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose, which is pictured), according to Yoga Journal, are that the pose strengthens the abdomen, ankles, thighs, buttocks, and spine; stretches the groins, hamstrings and calves, shoulders, chest, and spine; improves coordination and sense of balance; helps relieve stress; and improves digestion.

Some of the anatomical focuses are: groins, spine, abdomen among many others.

According to an article Geeta S. Iyengar wrote on the Iyengar Yoga website, Ardha Chandrasana helps … Continue reading

Women’s Issues & Yoga

I am coming around the corner and I can see the end … I graduate from Piedmont’s Deep Yoga teacher training program at the end of this month!

Last night in yoga teacher training we went over two topics: Women’s Issues and Being a Yoga Teacher.

I’ve been looking forward to the women’s issues topic as it is very important to us as teachers.

According to  a study done by Yoga Journal in 2012, 82.2 percent of yoga practitioners are women.

The women’s issues we discussed were the three transitions women can face in life: menstruation, pregnancy and menopause.

We did a yoga practice as if we were pregnant. Ann, who was teaching us last night, had us strap on “pregnant bellies,” which was a wool blanket and a yoga strap to keep it on.

It was a fascinating experiment, especially since I have never been pregnant. It was a great way to show us some of the physical limitations that can occur with a pregnant belly.

We talked about challenges each transition can face and the various yoga tips to help women take on the transitions safely for themselves.

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