Category Archives: Tutorial Thursday

Tutorial Thursday: Time to Twist! in General, Tutorial Thursday

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Ardha Matsyendrasana - Half Lord Of The Fishes Pose Twists are very cleansing, restorative and a great way to energize is you're feeling tired! This pose, Ardha Matsyendrasana, is one of my favorite ways to twist. Moving into this pose gently after a big meal is a great way to get the digestive system going! It also stretches both the hips and the shoulders,  stimulates the inner organs and can work as a pain reliever if you're suffering from menstrual cramps. Come into a seated position with both legs extended in front of you. Bend...

Tutorial Thursday: Meditation for Beginners in General, Tutorial Thursday

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Starting a meditation practice can be more daunting than starting a physical yoga practice. If you have been practicing yoga for a while you probably know that there are eight limbs to this way of life. Asana is one, dhyana is another. Asana, or what we in the Western world refer to as just "yoga", is designed for our busy minds and bodies. By moving with the breath, sweating, focusing and working hard to put our bodies in different positions we are forced to become present. When you're practicing Astavakrasana, staying focused is not very difficult!...

Tutorial Thursday – Headstand! in Tutorial Thursday

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This is a breakdown of Salamba Sirsasana, or Supported Headstand. It's a great pose but the word headstand can be very misleading; you actually want to keep as much weight off the head as possible! Personally I rarely practice headstands (or shoulderstands) and I much prefer handstands since there is no weight on the head, no pressure on the neck and a much safer pose to move into (it actually lengthens the spine, whereas headstand can compress it if not practiced with perfect alignment). However, headstands are more accessible and easier to learn than handstands...

Tutorial Thursday: Grasshopper Pose! in Tutorial Thursday

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This is a fun arm balance that requires both open hips, deep twisting and upper body strength. The key is finding where you need to pause, and work on that step until you feel comfortable moving forward. Begin in a standing position. Shift your weight t the right foot, lift the left leg off the floor and place the left ankle directly above the right knee. Flex the foot (we call this a "figure four shape"). Now, bend the right knee until you end up in a half chair. Take a few breaths to find...

Tutorial Thursday: Fallen Angel Pose in Tutorial Thursday

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I always get a lot of requests for this pose… It’s super fun, and not as difficult as it looks! Remember to practice mindfully, listen to what your body tells you and stay connected to the breath. I like to add this pose in mid-class with plenty of twists and core work to prepare, when you’ve already created a lot of heat in the body. Begin in a squat on the balls of your feet, knees together. Quads engaged, hands to your heart. Keep the spine long, crown of your head lengthening up towards the...

Tutorial Thursday: Tittibhasana/Firefly Pose in Tutorial Thursday

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Introducing: Tutorial Thursday! I've been getting a lot of questions about this pose lately and I absolutely understand why! Firefly is a challenging, fun and beautiful looking pose. This pose requires practice, dedication and most of all… Patience. I suggest practicing the preparatory steps to this pose at the end of your practice when you're warm, and make sure to do a lot of hamstring and hip work before you attempt. This is not a pose you want to try at the office! :) There are two common variations of Firefly, one with the legs...