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Yoga Styles & Poses


The pyramid pose, known as Parsvottanasana in Sanskrit, is a yoga posture that embodies both strength and surrender. As practitioners root down through the earth, they extend their torso forward, creating a striking resemblance to the geometric shape from which the pose draws its name. In pyramid pose, the body finds a delicate balance between stability and release, as the hamstrings gently stretch and the spine lengthens. This posture invites practitioners to cultivate introspection and introspection, encouraging a deep connection to the present moment as they explore the interplay between effort and ease. With each breath, the pyramid pose offers an opportunity to explore boundaries with compassion and grace, ultimately fostering a sense of inner equilibrium and groundedness.

How do you do Pyramid?

Step 1.

Begin standing at the top of your mat in mountain pose. Step your left foot back behind the right by ~3 feet, heel-to-heel alignment, positioning the back toes out to a 30-45 degree diagonal.

Step 2.

Engage your quadriceps to straighten both legs. Keep your back heel rooted to the ground and square off the hips towards the front of your mat.

Step 3.

Inhale as you lengthen your spine, lifting your chest and hinge at the hips to fold over the front leg, keeping both legs straight, your spine and side body long, hips level.

Step 4.

Place your hands on either side of your front foot on the ground or blocks. Alternatively, you can keep your hands on your hips or reach for opposite elbows behind your back.

Step 5.

Allow your head to hang heavy, releasing any tension in your neck and shoulders if folding forward. Relax your facial muscles and hold the pose for several breaths.

Step 6.

Continuously focus on lengthening through your spine, hugging your quadriceps and kneecaps to support the bone, lengthen the hamstrings, and to avoid hyperextending your joints.

Benefits of Pyramid

Stretches and strengthens the legs and ankles
Elongates the spine and can relieve tension in the lower back
Prepares the body for deeper forward bends
Improves balance, focus, and concentration

Variations of Pyramid

Ashtanga: hands find reverse prayer behind your back
Place a yoga block or stack of blocks under each hand to provide support and help maintain proper alignment.
Revolved Pyramid pose - Inhale to lengthen your spine, then exhale as you twist your torso to the right, (if right foot is forward), grounding the left hand down outside or right foot or on a block and reaching your right arm up towards the sky

Other Yoga Poses to Try

  • The Downward Dog yoga pose, known as “Adho Mukha Svanasana” in Sanskrit, has a rich history rooted in ancient yoga traditions. The pose finds its origins in the practice of Hatha Yoga, a branch that focuses on physical postures to

  • The 4-Limbed Staff yoga pose tones the arms, strengthens the core, increases upper body strength, and prepares the body for arm balances and inversions.

  • The forward fold yoga pose, also known as Uttanasana, is a fundamental posture that embodies a gentle surrender and deep release within the practice.


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