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Day 2 of the Q&A Challenge on Facebook Live. Today I discuss the anatomy and alignment of the upper body in Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog). The muscles referenced in my discussion are:

Serratus anterior
Serratus anterior
Latissimus dorsi
Latissimus_dorsi
Teres major

teres-major-2

Working the fundamentals of Down dog can help develop a foundation for arm balances, headstand, and even open the shoulder girdle for backbends. All the advanced poses are built in the basics.

I’ve been challenged to do 30 questions in 30 days on Facebook Live. For those who aren’t on Facebook, I’ll be posting them here as well. I hope you enjoy this series. It definitely puts me outside my comfort zone, so I thought I’d start this series discussing that topic.

If you have questions and/or comments, please feel free to leave them in the comments. And I’ll eventually get to answering them on these videos – you never know when someone has the same question as you.

 

The Yoga Dealer is coming to CBY!!

Tuesday Jan 31 – Thursday Feb 2, 2012

Tue 1/31/2012 From: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

Opening Your Heart: Elements of Backbending

Some of us have a spine like cooked linguini and don’t need to think about backbending. Some of us begin to hyperventilate when we attempt basic backbends. In this workshop we will break down individual elements that allow us to backbend with control and comfort. Working with partners we will explore shoulders, hip flexors our front, our foundation and our breath. ALL LEVELS, ALL STYLES OF PRACTITIONERS WELCOME.

Wed 2/1/2012 From: 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Ashtanga for Meditation

All asana practices can be used to prepare us and take us into a meditative state (Dhyana). When we just breathe and move, Ashtanga can become a moving meditation. We will start this class with a guided Ashtanga practice, turning into and awakening our energetic body. We will then take this lite energetic awareness into a 30-minute guided charka meditation. If your week at work or home has been stressful and making your mind rampant, this session will scrub it clean setting the tone for a relaxing weekend. ALL LEVELS, ALL STYLES OF PRACTITIONERS WELCOME!

Wed 2/1/2012 From: 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Opening Your Lotus: Elements of Sitting

For many of us, putting ourselves into Padmasana is NOT easy. And sitting there comfortably for more than 60-seconds can be like a Tapas practice of will and determination. This class will use a sequence of seated asanas to slowly, slowly free the restricted parts of the body that need to be loose to comfortably come into Padmasana and sit in peace. We can then use this new Asana, or seat, to ground ourselved for pranayama and meditation. ALL LEVELS, ALL STYLES OF PRACTITIONERS WELCOME!

Thu 2/2/2012 From: 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM

The Magic of Bandhas

Currently SOLD OUT – call or email to get on waitlist

How do I jump thru and jump back?! How do I do handstands?! When will I float?! The seemingly magic of bandhas that allows us to fly is a gradual process that is developed over time with steady practice. But, if we can’t understand the basic physics of activating our core, we can remain stuck to the earth indefinitely. In this workshop we will break down individual elements that allow us to experience weightlessness in all elements in our practice. ALL LEVELS, ALL STYLES OF PRACTITIONERS WELCOME.
Michael Gannon

ABOUT MICHAEL: Michael Gannon is one of the shining new international teachers in the area of yoga and transformation. His rare understanding and unique teaching style of the original vinyasa system supports the idea that yoga’s awakening powers — physical, mental and spiritual — are available to all, slowly, slowly, through daily yoga practices. He has imparted this unique teaching style by training over 200 teachers worldwide in his GAVY Teacher Apprenticeships. Michael founded the Yoga Dealer brand in 2005 and his DVDs, CDs and Posters are used by practitioners worldwide. His Ashtanga Yoga with Michael Gannon App, released in 2011, is the number one Ashtanga app for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices.

Sharath Jois, the grandson to the lute Guruji, is leading a group of students in the Primary Series. I can only imagine the awesome feeling of being in his presence. I was never lucky enough to practice with Guruji before he passed, so a practice with Sharath (or Manju, Pattabhi’s son and Sharath’s father) would – in my mind – be equally as magical. Enjoy!

At the end, Sharath discusses the practice of Yamas and Niyamas during your asana. Watch it all the way through, wonderful!

Because I’m not cool enough to embed it (I’ve tried several different ways), you’ll have to settle for a link:
http://livestre.am/Hds5

And I love that his shirt reads “Eat More Chapatis!” 🙂 Also note, though mats are corner to corner..the natural staggering of bodies when it comes to Utthita Hasta Padangushtasana.. you gotta love yogis who are used to close quarters. 😉

~Namaste~

Two videos, 1 sequence.. you vote on which one you like better! There’s no prize..just a way to interact with everyone. 🙂 The beautiful yogini, Jennifer Key, and I were playing around after class today, and one of our lovely students recorded this asana sequence. I set it to music post-production, and I think I have a favorite..but I’ll let the public decide! 😉

Video #1
Visual Effect: Aged Film
Music: Middle Sex Times (Donnie Darko Soundtrack)

Video #2
Visual Effect: Bleach Bypass
Music: Liquid Spear Waltz (Donnie Darko Soundtrack)

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