Shoulders, wrists, core, hips, spine, back strength, flexibility, Oh My!!!!
Arm balances have always been tough for me. I've had to work on my hip flexibility and shoulder stability and strength a lot to be able to do a couple of them.
Bakasana (Crow), and Parsva Bakasana (Side Crow) are 2 arm balances that I can do. Others I'm working on and a few more advanced ones I think may have to wait until the next life time, lol, and I'm totally fine with that.
Plus, as I always say to the other yogis in my classes, it's not about getting into the main pose; that's not always our goal. And in class sometimes we don't even get to the 'peak' pose and I'm totally fine with that (hopefully the folks in the class are too!)
For me what's most important is to teach how to strengthen the body areas that are involved in the peak pose as well as to understand the actions needed to prepare for and execute the pose and warm up the body overall to get there.
If in class we...
This summer I did a whole series on the chakras in my yoga classes and just finished up another series around the 5 Elements.
In the Yoga & Ayurveda Teacher Training I'm taking, we learned about the 5 elements, and what I learned blew my mind and that's why I created sequences around them for my yoga classes.
Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, says that all of creation is formed from the 5 elements coming together.
Each element has certain qualities, and they also all have a relationship to each other.
Once you understand this, you can use the 5 elements to help balance your body and mind.
When you think of Earth, what do you think of?
The qualities of earth are solid, heavy, dense, immobile, hard, cool, grounded, stable. In the body think in terms of the dense components such as bones, muscle & fat tissue, joints, ligaments and tendons.
You can connect to the earth element any time you...
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