Refining Your Vinyasa (Part 1)

It’s March, and in the (vain) hope that we are on the verge of transitioning from Winter to Spring, I’m going to make the next few pieces about transitions of the Yogic variety.

First up is one of the most important transitions in a Vinyasa-based practice, moving from Chaturanga to Urdvha Mukha Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog). When I first demonstrate this transition it often elicits an audible “aahhhh,” I think because students can instantly see how huge the impact is on each of the poses it connects. (more…)

Refining Your Vinyasa (Part 2)

Since so many of us practice a version of Vinyasa Yoga, I’m devoting a couple of pieces to refining the transitions in these powerful sequences.  Last week I wrote about the transition from Chaturanga to Urdvha Mukha Svanasana. This week we’ll look at the next transition in the sequence, moving from Upward Facing to Downward Facing Dog.

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Injuries – Our Best Teachers

Many years ago I tore my rotator cuff and was complaining about it to Richard Freeman, hoping for some insight about salvaging my Ashtanga practice or at the very least a heavy dose of sympathy.  Instead, he smiled benignly and said, “It will be your greatest teacher.”
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