Parighasana: July Yoga Pose of the Month


Lengthens inner thigh and side waist. Engages core and lengthens spine while opening chest, arms and shoulders.

Gate Pose (Sanskrit:  Parighasana)

  • Begin on mat kneeling with toes curled under and torso lengthened with crown reaching tall. Extend your right leg out to the right and press your entire foot into floor with inner foot facing body. The right ankle is in alignment with right hip and you’re engaging your abdominals to keep an extra sway out of the lower back.
  • Reach arms up to the sky lengthening through the side waist. Take a deep breath in and drop right hand over to right leg while having left arm reaching up and stretching through intercostal muscle between ribs. Make sure you’re not falling into the right waist line. Breathe! Stay for a few breaths and then move to other side. Gaze can be wherever you’d like.
  • Note: You may use padding under knees. It might feel nice to move onto hands and knees and arch spine in Cat pose before moving to the next side.

Namaste – The light within me honors the grace and wisdom within you.


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Celeste Cooper-Peel, MA, MCHES, E-RYT, CWHC, CYT

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Celeste has been in the science, health and wellness field over twenty years. As a chemist, she conducted research which brought her into the mindset of proactive wellness and prevention. After receiving her Masters in Health Education from East Carolina University, she ventured into the mind/body world receiving training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Yoga. Shortly after, she received the 2003 Wellness in the Workplace Award for a large health system in the state of Virginia. In 2004, Celeste joined SAS Institute, Inc. and continues to be passionate about all things wellness. She enjoys collaborating with team members, teaching, presenting and nurturing healthy lifestyle changes. She believes that every day is a learning opportunity and creates opportunities that reflect active learning, being curious and forward thinking. Celeste is a published author, the wife of a fun-loving husband, mother of a college freshman, "professional" front porch meditator and loves to play in the dirt . She is a nationally Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES), an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with the National Yoga Alliance, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instructor, Certified Wellness and Health Coach (CWHC), Certified Yin-Yang Yoga and Mindfulness Meditation Instructor and Certified Yoga Therapist (CYT). She has also received advanced certificates in Integrative and Functional Nutrition and additional trainings with The Institute for Functional Medicine. Follow @ccooperpeel on Twitter and Instagram.

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