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Hip Therapeutics: The Definitive Guide to Woke Hips

Paradigms are breaking down across both society and the world of yoga. Along the way we are finding that “open hips” aren’t all they are cracked up to be. Your yoga practice should sustain both you AND your hips. This workshop will help you break through the noise and scattered opinions around “hip opening”, ask […]

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Balancing the Science & the Mystery in Yoga

Teaching anatomy for yoga practitioners is about much more than relaying the nuts and bolts (muscles and bones). In order to understand anatomy in the context of the vastness of yoga, we must understand how yoga, yoga classes, and yoga teaching influence bodies and fit in to a larger conversation about the intersection of yoga […]

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Do We Serve the Poses or Do the Poses Serve Us? (Science Yoga Sundays episode)

Julie Tran of Science Yoga Sundays graciously invited me to speak on her program. I chose a topic that has been on my mind a LOT lately — Are we serving the yoga or is the yoga serving us? “We are here to enhance our lives, we are not here to bow down to some […]

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Chaturanga Clinic (Washington, DC)

chaturanga dandasana yoga anatomy, alignment, shoulder safety injury

An essential pose of vinyasa yoga, chaturanga is actually incredibly advanced and complex. Chaturanga dandasana has dubbed a “shoulder shredder” because even slightly sloppy form, over and over, class after class, does an unfortunate number on your tendons and muscles (rotator cuff, pecs and biceps) as well as the shoulder joint itself. Consider this workshop […]

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Anatomy & Biomechanics Mini-Intensive (CEUs) (Rockville, MD)

Join Dr. Ariele Foster, physical therapist and interdisciplinary yoga teacher, for a deep anatomy refresher for asana studies with current teachers, dedicated students and yoga teachers-to-be. Learning anatomy can and should be playful, fun and applicable to your yoga practice or yoga teaching. This mini-Intensive will explore: – 10 Principles of Anatomy-Informed Yoga Teaching (or Practice) […]

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The Hidden Pulling Actions in Chaturanga or The Problem is Never the Pose

Amid the growing awareness that yoga asana is not always an infallible and complete physical workout, has been a tendency to dismiss certain poses (for example: wild thing, sleeping pigeon, chaturanga) as culprits of injury. The real culprit In reality, the culprits of injury — no matter the physical pursuit — are excessive repetition of movement […]

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How to Be a Mermaid: Smart Sequencing for Naginyasana

Want this sequence in a pretty, printable 1-page PDF? Click here for access.   One of the loveliest of yoga poses is Naginyasana, Mermaid pose. It’s a variation of the ever-popular “Pigeon Pose” (eka pada raja kapotasana), so Naginyasana involves deep backbending and front hip opening. Although it is challenging, it’s fairly accessible. With the right preparation […]

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