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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

Shouldering the Burden: A Down Dog Workshop

Saturday, March 21, 2:00-4:00
YogaWorks Westside
$35


They say that dog is man’s best friend. In yoga we sure spend a lot of time hanging out with down dog. So what to do if the pose causes shoulder or wrist pain or just doesn’t feel like a comfy companion? It’s nearly unavoidable in many yoga classes.

This workshop will teach you how to organize the shoulders for a pain-free, sustainable down dog. You’ll learn how to fire up the muscles that place and protect the shoulders (and the wrists) in the pose. We’ll explore variations of the pose that will help you find and fine-tune your posture. Along the way you’ll glean some insights into the anatomy of the shoulder.

This workshop will be of use to students who wish to breed the ideal dog pose for their unique needs. The anatomy and teaching strategies content will also serve TT grads looking to build their repertoire of teaching tools.

Come learn. Come play. Come let your dog off the leash.

Upcoming Trainings

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


DUBAI
February 8-March 5, 2015
For more information, contact Liz Terry: satyaflowyoga@yahoo.com

JAPAN 2015
Info to come soon...


YogaWorks 500-hour TEACHER TRAINING
STRASBOURG
Spring 2015
For more information, contact Janine Francke: jfrancke@mac.com



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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