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Alternative Sun Salutations

Alternate Sun Salutations variation with very little weight-bearing on the wrists, no chatturanga, and elements I think are lacking in most yoga classes (natural movement, pulling, work to encourage scapular stability, etc...). Flow this sequence as shown a couple of times then go though the sequence slower holding each shape 3-5 breaths. Because it is a flow, I din't get to tell you to engage your hamstrings as you forward fold. Especially if you are very mobile like I am. I was inspired to make this from watching Trina Altman's "creative sun salutations" video which you can watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7pjaf...

The disclaimer at the beginning is something I wish someone had told me when I first began doing yoga. Instead, all my teachers told me to do yoga every day. Here it is in case you missed it. Disclaimer: This is a yoga video but please don’t only include yoga in your movement diet. I can’t in good faith say “#yogaeverydamnday” when I know that’s what caused me injury. Do other types of movement: deadlifts, hamstring curls, pull ups, dance, hike, walk, run, climb, etc… It’s ok to do yoga everyday! But do other stuff. For more info on varying your movement diet and the issues that can come with repetitive movement follow Katy Bowman, Alex Auder, Trina Altman, Jules Mitchell, Giulia Pline, Ariana Rabinovich, Diane Bruni, Kathryn Bruni, and Diana Zotos to name a few.

Congrats to the Crane Yoga School Graduates!

The five women in  Crane Yoga School  reinvigorated my love for teaching. Each week, we met for about 8 hours of hard work, laughter, philosophizing, and camaraderie.  In they end, they taught well curated, humble, nurturing, and healing classes like pro's. I can't wait for them to go into the yoga world and teach. We were lucky enough to have a killer adjunct faculty this year with Nikki Villela, Lauren Haythe, Ali Cramer, Erin Dudley, Margherita Tisato, Hira Lesea, and Lindsay Ashmun. I thank each and every one of them for helping steer the Crane Yoga School ship.    
  
 
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   John O'Donohue said, "Though the human body is born complete in one moment, the birth of the human heart is an    ongoing process. It is being birthed in every experience of your life. Everything that happens to you has the potential to deepen you. It brings to birth within you new territories of the heart." The experience of leading a training "birthed within" me new territories of my heart. I didn’t know I could love teaching so much. These women were focused, humble, intelligent, radiant. And I was lucky to be able to absorb some of their light as we studied together. 

The five women in Crane Yoga School reinvigorated my love for teaching. Each week, we met for about 8 hours of hard work, laughter, philosophizing, and camaraderie.  In they end, they taught well curated, humble, nurturing, and healing classes like pro's. I can't wait for them to go into the yoga world and teach. We were lucky enough to have a killer adjunct faculty this year with Nikki Villela, Lauren Haythe, Ali Cramer, Erin Dudley, Margherita Tisato, Hira Lesea, and Lindsay Ashmun. I thank each and every one of them for helping steer the Crane Yoga School ship. 

John O'Donohue said, "Though the human body is born complete in one moment, the birth of the human heart is an ongoing process. It is being birthed in every experience of your life. Everything that happens to you has the potential to deepen you. It brings to birth within you new territories of the heart." The experience of leading a training "birthed within" me new territories of my heart. I didn’t know I could love teaching so much. These women were focused, humble, intelligent, radiant. And I was lucky to be able to absorb some of their light as we studied together. 

1 hour intermediate vinyasa yoga class.  We will do some flow, some longer holds, sun salutations, forearm stand, and headstand. We’ll focus on pressing the elbows into the surface beneath feel the rebound of gravity up through the body in headstand, forearm stand, and extended side angle. This action of pressing the elbows down also helps to integrate the shoulder blades on the back.