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Practice Sequence Week of October 2, 2018

Belt heels and sacrum in Dandasana (staff pose), extend from inner groins to inner heels.  Sharpen heels and open backs of legs completely.   Maintain and take arms up into Urdhva Hastasana (upward-facing arms) Upavistha Konasana (wide-angle pose), same actions, arms up into Urdhva Hastasana Urdhva Prasarita Padasana (upward extended leg pose), arms above head, with […]

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Practice Sequence Week of September 25, 2018: Back bends

Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-facing Dog) Adho Muhka Vrksasana (Downward-facing Tree Pose/Full Arm Balance) — those unable to do, can practice “Ardha” (half, walking feet up wall) or build time/strength in Plank. Pinca Mayurasana Prep (Peacock Pose preparation), elbows on mat on end of chair, walking knees back, bring thoracic spine in.  Practice on floor belting […]

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Practice Sequence Week of 9/19/18

Forward bends this week!  Focus on the intense stretch of the entire back body, opening backs of legs and working to keep spine long.  Work within your capacity. Dandasana (staff pose), backs of thighs and knees down, extend from inner groins to inner knees, sit on height if needed to bring sacrum in Upavistha Konasana […]

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Practice Sequence #2

Svastikasana (simple cross-legged pose), Urdhva Hastasana (upward facing arms) and twist to either side.  Change cross of legs and repeat. Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward-facing dog), inner knees back, outer upper thighs back — balance these actions, walk hands forward to: Uttanasana (intense forward bend pose) — try two ways: (1) with legs slightly wider than […]

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Practice Sequence

Some students have asked that I share sequences to help them through the “100 Day Practice Challenge.”  I will try to post weekly sequences based on what I am teaching that particular week.  If for any reason, you do not practice any of the poses listed, simply proceed to the next one.  Remember:  no amount […]

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Practice Tips for the 100 Day Centennial Challenge

Some wisdom on practice from Jaganath Carrera (Inside the Yoga Sutras, A Comprehensive Sourcebook for the Study and Practice of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras): “Good results can be obtained only when the mind attains steady attentiveness to the task at hand.” (p.36)  In other words, try not to become mechanical in your practice — or at […]

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Thoughts on Practice

“First, in order to become unshakable, practice must be performed nairantarya, without interruption.  One cannot take breaks from one’s practice whenever one feels like it or the mind dictates and expect to attain the goal of yoga, which is precisely to quell such whimsical vrttis.  Second, one’s practice must continue dirgha-kala, for a long time.  […]

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