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

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Celeste has been in the science, health and wellness field over twenty-five years. She began as a research chemist with a concentration in genetics and nutritional biochemistry. After working in the medical field, she saw the need to follow a path of proactive wellness and prevention. After receiving her Masters in Health Education, 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 in her position overseeing Wellness and Fitness. She believes curiosity and collaboration bring insight and new ideas which bring out the best in everyone from team members to those who are making healthy lifestyle changes. Believing that the body knows how to heal if given the proper tools, Celeste earned certifications in Aromatherapy and Essential Oils, Classical Chinese Medicine and Homeopathic & Naturopathic Medicine. She earned her Doctor of Naturopathy degree in 2020. Celeste is a published author and practices what she preaches and teaches. She is a nationally recognized Master Certified Health Education Specialist (MCHES) and has advanced certificates in Integrative and Functional Nutrition, Genetics and Genomics. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with the National Yoga Alliance, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Instructor, Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach (FMCHC) and Certified Yoga Therapist (CYT).

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