Hip Opening Workshop in Shenzhen!

Hip Opening Workshop in Shenzhen!

Hip Opening Workshop! Why do we open the hips in yoga? Some of the reasons you might want to have a full range of motion at your hip joint:
1. To protect the low back and the knees and prevent injuries.
2. To find balance.
3. To prepare the body to sit for pranayama and meditation.
4. To cleanse and release tension from the body and sub-conscious layer of the mind.
What a fun workshop — exploring a little deeper with this wonderful group of curious practitioners. Grateful to be here and grateful to be able to share these teachings and honor my teachers

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Really fun Core Workshop on Saturday afternoon!

Really fun Core Workshop on Saturday afternoon!

Really fun Core Workshop on Saturday afternoon! We sometimes think of the core as just the belly — but there is more to the core than just the Rectus Abdominus (the 6 pack) muscles. And you want your core muscles to be strong but also flexible. Just like the whole practice — balance is key.
The Rectus Abdominus flexes the spine.
The external and internal obliques flex and rotate the spine.
The transverse Abdominus provides stability for the low back.
The pelvic floor stabilizes the pelvis.
The diaphragm and intercostal muscles facilitate respiration.
The psoas muscles flex the hips.
The quadratus lumborum laterally flexes the spine.
The spinal erectors extend the spine.
The serratus anterior helps to stabilize the shoulders.
We broke things down in this workshop and isolated these muscles to really feel how each one is working and what it’s supposed to be doing when it’s functioning properly. Then, lots of practice to really feel these muscles in action and apply our work to some common yoga poses. Great job everyone who came out to practice on Saturday. It was really fun to practice with you!

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Preparing for 10-Day Intensive Workshop

Preparing for 10-Day Intensive Workshop

Breakfast with my student. Niya is hosting my Shiva Yoga 50hr Intensive at her studio Baja Soul Yoga. We start this Friday, February 15th with a very special Pranayama Workshop from 6-9pm! You can do the whole 10 day intensive, or the weekend of workshops, or just join us for a class, or a workshop when you are free. It’s going to be awesome! There is a meditation workshop, core workshop, backbending workshop, Hip Opening workshop, Arm Balancing workshop, a week of Asana Breakdown workshops and lots of Shiva Power and Shiva meditation classes!!! Looking forward to practicing with you Cabo San Lucas and Baja Soul Yogis!!! See you on Friday. Namaste. 

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Arrived in Cabo for our 10-Day Workshop

Arrived in Cabo for our 10-Day Workshop

I arrived in Cabo San Lucas!!! So excited to see this girl. Grateful for you, Niya. Thank you for inviting me to share again at Baja Soul Yoga!

Our 10 day - 50hr Shiva Yoga® Intensive starts this Friday, February 15th. Hope you can join us! You can also sign up for each weekend separately or individual classes and workshops. Are you ready to take things a little deeper? See you on your mat!!! 

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Just Landed in Dubai!

Just Landed in Dubai!

After a quick stop in Los Angeles, I have arrived in Dubai for the XYoga Dubai Festival! It was a long flight but very smooth. I slept a lot. Lol. A day to rest and I’m excited to be presenting 2 Shiva Power classes and a Shiva Meditation class on Friday and Saturday at the festival. Looking forward to practicing with the students here. It doesn’t matter who you are, or where you are from — everyone can benefit from yoga. Quieting your mind and experiencing a deeper connection to your Self is Universal. Grateful to be here. It looks like a beautiful city. The people at the airport were so nice upon arrival. 

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Hip Opening Workshop and Shoulder Opening Workshop, on our retreat this past week in Maui!

Hip Opening Workshop and Shoulder Opening Workshop, on our retreat this past week in Maui!

Hip Opening Workshop and Shoulder Opening Workshop, on our retreat this past week in Maui! We had the perfect balance of beautiful sunny days which allowed for lots of adventure and time to explore the island, and rainy, windy days where it felt great to be inside the yoga shala learning new things an deepening our practice. It was really fun to explore some deeper work on the retreat, as we might in one of my Shiva Yoga Teacher Training programs. We covered a lot in these workshops! From basic anatomy and asana breakdown, to sequencing, and understanding how yoga philosophy informs our yoga practice. Do you know the difference between the warm up and the deeper practices? My teacher’s would say that a lot of modern yoga is missing the bigger picture and the key elements that will allow you to experience a deeper connection to your Self, and really receive the full benefits of this incredible yoga technology. Make sure you are not just warming up to go home. 😂🤷‍♂️ Great work, Yogis! You were so focused in these workshops — we got to cover a lot in a very short period of time. 😁🙏👍

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The Camel Pose.

The Camel Pose.

Backbending Workshop! The Camel Pose is a great intermediate backbend. Once your hands can slide down to the soles of your feet, you are definitely ready for the first stage of the Full King Pigeon. Don’t forget to hug your inner thighs in and push them back while you are pushing your hips forward. Engage your core while you push your heart up and try to extend your spine. And make sure not to strain your neck. The cervical spine has lots of flexibility and a huge range of motion. Think about how imbalance leads to more imbalance. We want to stabilize areas that are vulnerable and open areas where there isn’t a lot of movement or full range of motion. 

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Sun Salutations.

Sun Salutations.

The Sun Salutations are a big part of yoga. The Sun is another symbol of our inner Light. We connect the idea of the lightest and brightest thing in our world with the lightest and brightest (and most subtle) aspect of who we are.

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Handstand Workshop!

Handstand Workshop!


Handstand Workshop today at Aladdin Yoga in Shenzhen! We kick off our 3 Day Weekend Intensive today. Excited to work with these students. There are so many poses you can practice to improve your Handstand. Plank Pose is one of the best warm up poses for Handstand. If you have a solid Plank Pose and a solid Chatturanga (Low Plank) you are strong enough for most arm balances, including the Handstand. See how long you can hold your Plank Pose this weekend. Can you hold for 3 mins? 4 mins? 5 mins? I used to be able to hold the Plank Pose for 8 mins before I’d completely lose my form and fall apart. Some of you remember the days when we used to regularly hold a 5 min Plank Pose in my classes in the Southbay in Los Angeles. The Handstand isn’t an essential pose in yoga. It is great for teaching us core strength and shoulder stability. strength. Handstands take us out of our comfort zone. This means they can teach us courage and be very empowering. How quickly can you move passed your fear and resistance and go into the fire? 🔥💪. This is Yoga! It all starts with tapas. Have a great end of your week and start to your weekend! Let me know how the hold in Plank Pose goes

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Arm Balance Workshop!

Arm Balance Workshop!

Arm Balance Workshop!  Arm balances are considered advanced warm up poses.  Advanced students need more challenging poses in order to go into the fire.  Each arm balance is simply a variation of a Standing Warmup Pose but done in either Plank Pose or Low Plank.  If you can hold Plank Pose and Low Plank then you are strong enough to work on many arm balances.  Are you flexible enough, though?  When you understand the anatomy of each pose it’s easy to see the different families of poses.  Crow Pose is the Deep Squat done in Low Plank.  Crane Pose is the Deep Squat done in Plank.  Koundinya’s Pose is the Triangle Pose done in Low Plank.  Etc.  So much fun breaking things down with the Baja Soul Yogis in Cabo!  Missing you already! 

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The Guru is the one who is heavy with knowledge.

The Guru is the one who is heavy with knowledge.

One of the things that I loved so much about this past week at Baja Soul Yoga in Cabo San Lucas was revisiting the journey I’ve taken with my teachers.  When I shared a story from Annie, Dharma, Mr. Ramaswami, or one of the other wonderful teachers who have influenced my practice, it’s like they were there in the room with us, and I felt transported back to the day they first shared that same story with me.  I got to fall in love with their teachings all over again, reliving them with my students.

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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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