Asana April 2023: Niyamas (Personal Observances) – Agnistambhasana (Fire Log Pose)

Happy Asana April 3, 2023 – Agnistambhasana (Fire Log Pose)

Good morning Yogis! We are continuing our cycle through the Yoga Sutras. We usually take one day for all five of each of the Yamas and Niyamas, but this time we will take one day for these Limbs of Yoga. Since we are starting our April Asana Challenge, we are featuring a new Asana that represents each of the Yoga Sutras! Agnistambhasana (AHG-nis-tam-BAH-sa-nuh) or Fire Log Pose is my choice to represent the Niyamas, or Personal Observances – this Limb of Yoga covers how we should manage ourselves, and in Fire Log we are opening into and gazing at ourselves.

Bonus Daily Asana Challenge

We are in the middle of a daily Asana practice challenge for April! Please see our Asana Styles page for links to YouTube videos for various Yoga Styles. For Niyamas Day today, I recommend an alignment-focused Iyengar Series.

I usually practice with the Yoga Studio App rather than streaming services, so I can download my favorite classes and use in areas without WiFi or phone signal. Today I am doing one of my favorites – Intermediate Flexibility (30 Minutes).

Today’s Positive Practice suggestion

Today’s Daily Yogi Practice is to try Fire Log Pose for Niyamas Day! I also recommend practicing your choice of Niyamas today – I will be practicing Santosha – Contentment with a mindfulness practice. Today’s Asana is a deep hip opener – make sure to switch your legs and practice on both sides! I consider this a slightly more targeted and intense version of Baddha Konasana / Cobbler Pose.

Agnistambhasana – Fire Log Pose

  • Start in a cross legged position. Your hips should stay neutral. Take note of your booty – it should be almost tucked under rather than sticking out. You may want to sit on a block or couch pillow if you notice rounding in your back or shoulders. Keep your back, neck, and head in a straight line – notice any rounding in lower back or shoulders, and adjust your tail bone. Look straight ahead.
  • Begin with your right foot on top – bring your right ankle on top of your left knee. Make sure your knees and feet are stacked, and feet are flexed. Bring shins parallel to front if possible.
  • Inhale and press your hands into the mat next to your hips to lengthen your spine.
  • Exhale and walk your hands forward as far as possible, lowering your torso over your legs. You may want to put a block or couch pillow under your head to help relax into the pose. Breathe deeply into your belly and hips, and let your hips and lower back release.
  • Hold for 3-5 breaths. Walk your hands back to sit up on an inhale.
  • Switch your legs so left leg is on top, and repeat on the other side.

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2 thoughts on “Asana April 2023: Niyamas (Personal Observances) – Agnistambhasana (Fire Log Pose)

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    The article discusses the Asana Challenge for April, which focuses on the Yoga Sutras and features a new asana that represents each of the limbs of yoga. Agnistambhasana, also known as Fire Log Pose, is the pose chosen to represent the Niyamas or Personal Observances. The article provides instructions on how to perform the pose and its benefits, including stretching the hips, thighs, and groins, reducing stress and anxiety, and improving digestion. The article also includes suggestions for positive practices related to the Niyamas, such as practicing gratitude and self-care. Yoga teachers are encouraged to incorporate these practices into their classes and share them with their students. The article concludes by inviting readers to share their practice and experiences with Agnistambhasana on social media using the hashtag #HappyAsanaApril.
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