Parvatasana

Mental Benefits of Parvatasana
Parvatasana is a whole body stretch that allows good blood circulation, creating several benefits.
· It increases circulation to the brain
· It brings a revitalizing and refreshing sensation reducing mental fatigue
· Improves memory and concentration

Physical Benefits of Parvatasana
It prevents injuries by strengthening several fragile areas of our bodies. The pose stretches calf muscles, hamstring muscles, back muscles, abdominal muscles, forearms, shoulders and wrists.

This asana prevents and relieves carpal tunnel syndrome, rheumatic stiffness and arthritis. It helps relieve pain while increasing mobility of adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder syndrome). It can be used for toning almost all of our body’s muscles.

Sitting Position: Padmasana
(Modification: sit in Ardha Padmasana, Sukhasana, Vajrasana)
· Take both the hands forward and interlace the fingers of the hands together.
· Take the hands over the head and turn the palms up. Stretch the body upward with the arms stretching toward the sky. Straighten the arms and open the pit of the elbows as shown in the photo.
· Stabilize the position and continue normal breathing.
· Relax the body and bring the hands down.
· Change the cross legs and the interlacing of the fingers.

Duration
You can remain in this asana for as long as your body allows.

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About EssentialYoga Studio

Roberta has been practicing yoga since 1988 and has been teaching yoga since 1994. She has trained under master yoga teachers Swami Padmananda, Patricia Walden, Manouso Manos, Father Joe Pereira, Zoë Stewart, Karin Stephan, Liz Owen and others. She continues to study with her Iyengar teachers, Patricia Walden and Peentz Dubble. Roberta has studied yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute in Pune, India during June 2011, February 2014 and attended Abhijata's intensive in Pune, India December 2016. Roberta is currently enrolled in Peentz Dubble's two year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Program. Additionally, Roberta completed training and certification with Elise Browning Miller as 'Yoga for Scoliosis' instructor. She completed a 500 hour Hatha Yoga Certification program with AURA Wellness Center and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500. She has been a Certified Meditation Teacher since June 2007 and has been an Usui Reiki Practitioner since 1989. Roberta's Personal Practice Philosophy: Health issues have changed and deepened my practice. You will see many photos of me using a variety of props. On days I don't feel well, instead of saying, "I can't practice today", Iyengar Yoga has taught me to say, "How can I practice today".
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