Seated Postures (Staff, Butterfly, Cone, Forward bend)

Welcome to Yogea Asana Lab. This section features four seated postures – staff pose, butterfly, cone pose and extended legged forward bend. The latter are best suited for the winding-down section, right after the routine culminates into a peak pose. The first is a neutrally rotated position that teaches you to root and uplift, to engage and center, to yield and radiate. It is the blueprint of all the seated postures. The other two require an external rotation of the hips and as a result stretch the glutes, groin and release physical or emotional tension stored in the pelvis. In all seated positions the emphasis goes to lengthening the lower back, hinging at the hip creases, softening through the ribs and broadening through the collar bone. The last pose stimulates digestion and elimination, while massaging the intestines, stretches the hamstrings and stills the mind. All of the above poses are optimal for an evening yoga routine, as they cool the body and elicit the parasympathetic nervous system response.
Yogea Asana Lab is not a yoga routine and should be regarded solely as an educational platform to reinforce proper postural alignment and improve the quality of your practice. The approach is integrated as poses are grouped into different targeted categories. Each set of poses is demonstrated only on one side. The route of assuming poses and releasing through counter-poses is mapped clearly and slowly, allowing time for assimilation and grasping. The main objective is to guide you in and out of poses safely and smoothly, as well as to acquaint you with basic anatomical and energetic principles that weave the geometry of every asana. In turn, you will be able to perform the Yogea routines with clarity, precision and abandonment. As you follow the tips of proper alignment you will feel more stable, ready to deepen your practice and eager to transition gracefully from one stage to the next both on the mat and in life.

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