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Tango Asana

Cross-training helps everybody get better faster.  Here are some things Tango for One has taught me about Yoga for Two.

Adho Mukha Svanasana

Downward Facing Dog

shoulders pulling toward epicentre of back

neck soft and free

head floating

head—sacrum feels pulled, head falling, sacrum hanging, feel the energetic line, feel the part in the middle

sacrum rooted

triceps energetic spiral to straight hands, duplicate in hips and thighs to straight feet for tango


navel in

extend energetically in both directions

Virabhadrasana II

Warrior II

back foot rooted into ground

arms and chest open out

your thighs kill until you feel the energy of the ground rushing up and supporting you

Utthita Hasta Padangustasana

Extended Hand-to-Big-Toe Pose

stabilize the core

ground the energy

Virabhadrasana III

Warrior III

strong legs


Child's Pose

shoulders down

focus in

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana

Pigeon Pose

lift chest and heart

put head properly on top of spinal column

Namaskar Parsvakonasana

Prayer Twist

ochos come from lumbar spine and transversus

Adho Mukha Vrksasana


legs pulling energetically

Viparita Karani

Legs Up the Wall

feel your spine

open chest

release back tension


Chair Pose

ribs in, tail down

shoulders down


Crow Pose

pull your core up much more than seems possible


Adept's Pose

pull your sexual energy into your core


Lotus Mudra

out of all this crap, a beautiful flower reaching to the heavens

Chin Mudra

align your will with that of the gods

has a containing feeling

makes a hand not in chin mudra really feel energy sending itself through and out the hand

good for embrace

Mula Bandha

pull up your pelvic floor and root chakra, feel breath doing it for you


accepting and being present with whatever's going through you


breathe deeply and freely into and through your core


movement flows from breath

flowing dance, not static poses


a calm point of focus—in tango, internal, not literal like in yoga



The union of dharana (concentration), dhyana (meditation), and samadhi (union)

the integration of fixed consciousness, directed attention, and loss of self-awareness

Abhyasa and Vairagya

Effort and Surrender


Namaste, dude!