YOGA FLOW & MEDITATION: Props + Alignment

8.29.2014

YOGA FLOW & MEDITATION

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"Any fool can know, the point is to understand."

- Albert Einstein


WHAT YOU NEED

YOGA MAT

YOGA STRAP


I began practicing yoga when I was 19 years old.  My first teacher, Maureen Ameche, explained to me how grateful I should be and how wise I would become from finding yoga so young.   Everyone has a first day and I remember mine like it was yesterday.  

After practicing yoga for about 13 years, I rarely go back to basics.  More specifically, basic energetic and structural alignment.  For me, asanas became second nature and a tool to relax, clear the mind, and/or connect to myself.  But every now and then, it's essential to check back in with your alignment.  The energetic movements of prana essentially create the asanas and the structural alignment channels the flow.  It's essential to check in to make sure you haven't created any bad habits and to receive the full benefits of practicing yoga.

I've outlined an easy way for you to check in with your alignment, as well as modify poses using a yoga strap and block. 


Alignment

Practicing a basic vinyasa 

Strap arms together just below the elbow, shoulder width apart
Strap arms together just below the elbow, shoulder width apart
adho mukha svanasana downward facing dog
adho mukha svanasana downward facing dog
high chaturanga plank
high chaturanga plank
chaturanga dandasana elbows in 90 degree angle
chaturanga dandasana elbows in 90 degree angle
urdhva mukha svanasana up dog
urdhva mukha svanasana up dog

Forward Folds

practicing  janu sirsasana

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modified janu sirsasana

to deepen janu sirsasana


Backbends

practicing Natarajasana 

lord of the dance pose, modified


Other Uses For Strap

  practicing eka pada rajakapotasana one-legged king pigeon, modified

practicing eka pada rajakapotasana one-legged king pigeon, modified

practicing padmasana lotus pose, modified
practicing padmasana lotus pose, modified
practicing gomukhasana modified
practicing gomukhasana modified

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Resources:

Yoga Teacher Training with Shiva Rea

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