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Studio Locations

  • Mind Body Soul Yoga: 350 Fort Washington Ave. (718) 289-3182
  • YogaWorks Westside: 37 W. 65th St., east of Columbus; (212) 769-9642

WORKSHOP

The Sacrum: How to Prevent S-I Joint Pain

Saturday, June 14 2:00-5:00
YogaWorks Westside
$45, 15% for teacher training grads

http://yogaworks.com/events/workshops/ny/2014/june%202014/si%20joint%20workshop

Do you have lower back pain when practicing yoga (or in your day-to-day)? If so, point to where it hurts. If you’re indicating the spots identified on the sculpture (Pradier’s Odalisque), your lower back pain is sacro-iliac pain.

Where is the sacrum and what are the S-I joints? Yoga teachers reference this area of the body all the time, but it’s something of a black hole for many practitioners. Think about it: you can’t even see that part of your body without a couple of strategically angled mirrors. All the same, it’s the seat of your spine and is literally your anatomical center.

In this workshop you will:
~Demystify the sacrum and S-I joints by learning about the anatomy of this region of the body.
~Learn to control the movements of your sacrum—in ways that will benefit your yoga practice and your subway riding!
~Learn approaches to/modifications of yoga poses that you can use to curb S-I joint pain in your yoga practice.
~Discover (or learn a new way to access) uddiyana bandha.

This workshop will also serve teachers who want to add to their teaching repertoire. Warning: This work may change the way you cue backbends.

Upcoming Trainings

YogaWorks 200-hour TEACHER TRAINING
For aspiring teachers and serious students


FUKUOKA
February 3-28 2014
For more information, contact Keiko Tanaka: k.tanaka@zen-jp.info

BEIJING
August 2014
For more information, contact: info@htimes.com.cn

YogaWorks 500-hour TEACHER TRAINING
TOKYO

Fall 2014
For more information, contact Keiko Tanaka: k.tanaka@zen-jp.info


Watch this video for more insight on YW Teacher Training: http://www.yogaworks.com/teacher_training/video/

Teacher Training Video--Beijing Intensive

Here's a video compilation of footage shot during the May 2013 200-hour teacher training in Beijing: http://v.youku.com/v_show/id_XNTYyMzMxODI0.html

Teacher Training Slideshow

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Video: How To Recruit the Legs in Plank Pose

Check out this video filmed at Dance New Amsterdam. Many of my students there have an abundance of mobility, but they struggle to support poses that require upper body strength. This video shows how flexible bodies can recruit the power of the legs to make plank pose more accessible.
http://www.youtube.com/user/NDWNYC#p/a/u/0/UdagQ4ozazU

Monday, May 27, 2013

Listen to Your Sole


Even the sacred requires the levity of a profane pun. And, no, I can’t claim credit for this one.

I found this statue in a park across from the studio where I taught in Beijing. I don’t know the statue’s story—the Chinese likely wouldn’t identify the subject’s posture as a yoga pose—but the shape was, to me, instantly recognizable as akarna dhanurasana.

Akarna dhanurasana means “bow to the ear”; it’s a shape where one foot is pulled back by the ear as one would draw a bow. Since the physical objective involves connecting the sole of the foot with the aural orifice, the listen to your sole/soul pun becomes just irresistible.

And the play on words raises a question: How do we shift from contorting the body into odd physical shapes to yoga’s deeper project, the examination of the self or soul? Edwin Bryant, in his commentary on Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras, allows that asana can be a suitable channel to self-awareness, provided it is performed with the objective of using it to fix the mind on a single point and thereby quiet the incessant mental chatter that obscures one’s ability to see the self or soul. In other words, it’s the intention behind the action that makes yoga more than mere physical pursuit. If we’re concerned only to make sole meet ear, the undertaking remains an exercise in corporeal flexibility. If, on the other hand, we actively observe our reactions to the attempt—Are our efforts driven or lackadaisical? Do we respond to the results with smug satisfaction or with frustration?—building the shape becomes a vehicle for acutely tuning into the machinations of the deeper self. It becomes, in essence, an exercise in listening to the soul.

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