Yoga Pose of the Day: Adho Mukha Vrksasana

 Adho Mukha Vrksasana

(Handstand/Downward Facing Tree pose)

 Yoga Pose of the Day: Adho Mukha Vrksasana

Amanda Ware
Yoga Teacher, Fitness Instructor, Front Desk Manager – DC Ranch and Camelback Clubs

Amanda has recently earned her Yoga Teacher certification and has joined the incredible Yoga Program at the Village Clubs! In this photo – snapped outside the DC Ranch Village, and in front of the DC Ranch Village Hot Yoga Studio – Amanda is demonstrating a beautiful and challenging variation on a handstand, also known as “Downward Facing Tree Pose” when translated from Sanskrit.

She has one leg “lifted” or pulled in, to a more traditional standing tree position. Handstanding is fun, but can be very scary when first practiced. With commitment, regular practice, and great instruction from our Village yoga teaching staff – it is absolutely possible to learn to do a handstand. It is a very common goal among yoga students. We offer fun advanced classes, workshops and tons of opportunities for our members to learn more advanced poses like this gorgeous handstand.

As you can imagine, this pose requires lots of core strength, great body awareness, open shoulders, and a positive attitude! Join Amanda upside down soon – check out our group exercise schedule for a list of classes here

Instructor Spotlight – DC Ranch

DC Ranch Village boasts a beautiful Mind Body Studio with a starlit ceiling as well as a state-of-the-art hot yoga studio for our members to practice Yoga. These calm spaces are filled with some of the most talented yogis and yoginis in the state – read more about them below!

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Yoga Pose of the Day: Virabadrasana III

Virabadrasana III

(Warrior Three)


Fly FREE and celebrate your independence! Nadia Mustafa, DC Ranch Yoga Instructor demonstrates Warrior Three. This pose is wonderful for establishing freedom and a sense of balance in your life! Start in a crescent warrior lunge and with an inhale, squeeze in your abdominals and float on up to create a horizontal line from the crown of your head to your extended hip- height leg’s heel. Fly your arms like a bird for a fun and old hearted variation!

Yoga Pose of the Day – Ustrasana


(Camel Pose)

This beatiful back bending pose opens the heart and entire front of the body, stretches the hip flexors and quads, and strengthens the core and back muscles. It is an invigorating pose that makes you celebrate feeling alive and well! Yoga instructor Ericka Bryan from the new Ocotillo Village Health Club and Spa is showing us this pose. It’s great after a long day at work in front of the computer to open up your heart and your hips!

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