Knees Down Shoulder Opener with Block!

Knees Down Shoulder Opener with Block!

My translator and students looking on as I demonstrate an exercise that teaches the actions in the shoulders needed for inversions like the handstand and Head Balance. Shout out to @yogatuneup Jill Miller for teaching me this variation when I did YogaTuneup training with her 10 yrs ago. Hug your elbows in and push your biceps out, lift your shoulder blades (away from your neck) and widen your shoulder blades, externally rotate your arms, engage your core, reach your hips back and push your chest through your arms. Incredible! Check out the same actions in your Downward Dog or Handstand immediately afterward and you’ll be blown away at how clear you can feel the actions in these poses and your awareness of the muscles you need to stabilize your shoulders when working with the arms overhead (in flexion). A gift from one of our anatomy wizards (Jill). Namaste yogis!

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Arm Balancing Exploration

Arm Balancing Exploration

Yogis!  If you missed my arm balancing exploration workshop yesterday here's a couple simple general things that we covered.

Sequencing -- The arm balances are advanced warm up poses.  They are closely related to the standing warm up poses.  Take a look at arm balances you are working on in class.  Each one contains the actions of the plank pose and the low plank.  Look at what is going on at the hips, in the pelvic girdle.  Does the arm balance look like a triangle married with the plank or low plank? Does it look like the single pigeon married with the plank or low plank?  The standing warm up poses produce tapas, helping us to train the mind to concentrate, and also help us to warm the body up for the deeper practices.  When you are an advanced student the arm balances do the same thing for you.

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