Hatha Yoga (Hip Opening)

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Yoga Poses in this Sequence

Camel Pose

Camel Pose

Camel Pose, or Ustrasana, is a floor-based backbend supported on the knees. It’s a great way for those with balance issues to work with backbends. There are a number of modifications available to help you ease into the full pose. The name comes from the shape you’re making with your body, which resembles a camel’s hump.

Chair Pose

Chair Pose

Chair Pose, or Utkatasana, is a fairly challenging standing yoga pose which tests many different parts of your body at once. Chair pose requires you to balance while building strength in your entire lower half of your body. At the same time, this standing pose builds core strength by the nature of the balance position involved.

Eagle Pose

Eagle Pose

Eagle Pose, or Garudasana, is a standing twisting pose which tests both your flexibility and your sense of balance. It’s good to practice first with Tree Pose for standing balance as well as various seated twisting poses before combining them together in this standing challenge. The body in this pose resembles an eagle perched high on a mountaintop tree branch.

Happy Baby Pose

Happy Baby Pose

The Happy Baby Pose, or Ananda Balasana is a wonderful opportunity to give your back a proper, deep massage it has always needed. It relaxes the whole body and has a positive calming effect, reducing stress and anxiety. At the same time, muscles of the main body parts are being actively stretched and engaged.

Tortoise Pose

Tortoise Pose

Tortoise Pose, or Kurmasana, is an advanced yoga pose which involves a deep forward fold and an intense stretch through the hips and groin. As we round the spine and slide our arms under the legs, the overall shape resembles a tortoise, reflected in the name of the pose.

Tree Pose

Tree Pose

Tree Pose, or Vrikshasana, is a one-legged standing balance. It’s suitable for practitioners of all levels due to its many available variations, and is often the first balance to be taught to complete beginners.

Triangle Pose

Triangle Pose

Extended Triangle Pose (“Utthita” meaning extended, “tri” meaning three, “kon” meaning angle and “asana” meaning pose), often shortened to Triangle, is a combination of a side bend and twist, that brings the focus on hamstrings, chest and shoulders. It is often practiced as part of a Warrior sequence..

Warrior II

Warrior II

Warrior II, or Virabhadrasana II, is a natural continuation in the Warrior series, and can be used in a sequence as well as practised in isolation. It involves the majority of muscle groups and requires a lot of focus to get all the pose elements right.

Mika Nishimura

Mika Nishimura is originally from Japan residing in Los Angeles. She started practicing yoga in 2006. In her first yoga class, she fell in love with it and decided to become a yoga teacher. Although she initially started practicing yoga to get in shape, she loves the fact that yoga is much more than fitness. It is a tool for knowing yourself and becoming a better version of yourself. 

Over the years, she has taught in the USA, Japan, Indonesia, the UK, New Zealand, Australia, Sweden and China. She holds a BS in Exercise and Sports Science, an MA in Yoga Studies and is certified in Yoga Therapy Rx Clinical Level (Level 3). Currently, she is continuing her studies in post-graduate Yoga Therapy at Loyola Mary...