How to Sequence to Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise is a bound standing pose, where you balance on one leg and try to look like a stork. But, you know, an elegant stork. It’s a doozy of a pose, requiring balance, open [...]

How to sequence safely to Natarajasana – Dancer’s Pose

Natarajasana – Dancer’s Pose – is a beautifully challenging yoga pose. It’s a complex pose with a lot of benefits: Opens the chest and front line of the body Works your [...]

Flow Sequence to Wheel

A classic. Component Parts: backbending (thoracic) upper arms in flexion/ external rotation hip flexors open core engaged (lightly) neutral hips Sequence: Opening sit in virasana on blocks [...]

Sequence to Dragonfly. Bam!

I taught this delightful little power sequence in YYoga’s 3-Day Principles of YYoga Teacher Training as a demonstration of sensibly sequencing to peak poses. Keep in mind that access to [...]

Eka Pada Galavasana sequence

I taught this power sequence during the first weekend of YYoga’s 300-hour. Check it out. To do this pose well, you need open outer hips, coupled with hip buoyancy (from the core and back [...]

Linking in flow classes: how to teach smart transitions

Have you been in a class where any of the following have occurred: The teacher (maybe it’s us) links 12 million poses on the same side.  Thighs are trembling.  Anger is mounting. The [...]

Open those hips! Eka Pada Koundinyasana A

My IT Band is tight. Tiiiiiiight. Or more correctly, I should say that my gluteus maximus, which feeds into and inserts on the IT band, is tight, so that the resulting pull tautens the IT band.  [...]

Sugarcane in the moonlight: Ardha Chandrachapasana

Who doesn’t like sugarcane in the moonlight?  De-lish. But let’s face it, getting into this variation of Half Moon (Ardha Chandrasana) can test your balance, flexibility, and [...]

The Elegant Wheel

Urdhva Dhanurasana (Upward Bow, also known as “Wheel”) is one of the most delicious and expansive of yoga asana, inviting a full opening of the “Eastern,” or front, side [...]

“Eka pada Koundin-What?”

Eka Pada Koundinyasana.  It’s one of those poses that you see on the cover of yoga journal, performed by someone smiling peacefully (and seemingly in no state of stress or panic) that makes [...]

Natarajasana

Natarajasana, Pose of the Lord of the Dance, is a complex pose that is deep backbend with the added fun of balance.  As with any backbend, is it essential to fully warm up the thoracic spine and [...]

Levitating, inverting, abs. By request.

I arrived early to my Tuesday class, so asked some of the students if they had any inspirations for the practice.  “Levitation,” replied one particularly cheeky monkey.  [...]