Guangzhou: November 16, 17 and 19–22

July 9, 2017

Workshops in Guangzhou, China.

caption

A menstrual chart showing how estrogen and progesterone levels fluctuate throughout the month.

Supta Konasana with toes braced against a wall, holding the ankles. The spine arches away from the floor.

caption

When you can’t lift the upper back any other way, practice Sirsasana with block support. Eventually, when the imprint of this support is remembered, you will dispense with the blocks.

caption

Sarvangasana with Chair. Pull the shoulder-blades up away from the floor, press them forward toward the chest, and roll onto the top ridge of the shoulders. Align the breast bone so that it stands parallel to the chin and perpendicular to the floor.

caption

I stay with Evelyn Lee, operations director of the Iyengar Yoga Institute of China…

caption

….and her sister, Yucca Lee.

© 2017 Bobby Clennell.

Kids Love Yoga

June 21, 2017

Yoga is fun to do all by yourself…

Six-year-old Marley, daughter of certified Iyengar Yoga teacher Vicky Elwell, expresses the sheer joy of tickling her toes with her hair: Rajakapotasana (King of Pigeons). Vicky’s studio, the Yoga Loft, is in Sheffield  Village, Ohio.

Playing on the ropes in the big kids playroom Adho Mukna Svanasana on the Ropes (Downward Facing Dog Pose).

… or with friends

Will these trees sway in the breeze: Vriksanana (Tree Pose)? Or be strong and steady, like a triangle: Uttitha Trikonasana? Helena and Irene Ortiz practicing with me at Natural Yoga, Bogota, Columbia. Photo by by their mother, Ilse Bedolla.

Curl up and around, or stretch up to the sky: Urdhva Baddhanguliyasana (Upward Facing Interlocked Fingers Pose) from Sukhasana (Simple Cross Legs Pose).

Didi Hall’s grandson has an exquisite sense of balance. And his tree (Vriksanana) grows in unusual soil: Kurmasana (Tortoise Pose)! Didi teaches at The Yoga Center Toronto. 

Stand tall like a tree, with your roots in the ground and your leaves reaching for the sky.

Thanks to everyone who has sent me photos of their kids who were inspired by my book, Watch Me Do Yoga; please keep sending them in. I try my best to correctly credit all the photos, but if I’ve forgotten your child’s name, please send it to me, and I’ll update the post.

© 2017 Bobby Clennell.

Taipei: October 28 – 31. 2016.

June 7, 2017

Workshops at Shelly Yoga, New Taipei City.

caption

Uttanasana with a chair. The heels control the lower legs and the sit-bones the upper. To elongate the hamstrings, anchor the heels to the lip of the upturned chair seat, and draw the sit-bones up away from the back of the knees.

caption

Uppavista Konasana/combined Marichyasana 1.

caption

Ardha Matsyendrasana with bolster and wall.

caption

Some lovely old artifacts.

caption

These were part of a collection displayed in a restaurant.

caption

I love these old fans!

© 2017 Bobby Clennell

Panama: September 22 – 25. 2016

May 24, 2017

Workshop at Fusión Panamá.

img_0256

Upavista Konasana at the wall with ropes. Those with tight hamstrings and a sacrum that tips back ward will benefit from this support.

img_0246

Parivritta Janusirsasana. Move your right-back ribs down away from your spine and revolve your entire right-side body forward. Make a diamond shape with your elbows: press your front elbow down, raise your top elbow up and back.

img_0240

Chatoosh Padasana. In order to get your tail-bone to lift – first press your heels down! Roll onto the tops of your shoulders and press your back ribs forward toward your head.

Container ship in the Panama Canal.

A container ship passing very slowly through the Panama Canal. This was the view from the yoga studio window.

© 2017 Bobby Clennell.

Fernandina Beach: October 21 – 23

May 9, 2017

Workshop at Community Yoga, Fernandina Beach, Florida.

caption

I got a nice warm welcome.

caption

Baddangullyasana in Sukhasana.  Raise the arm-bones and simultaneously “fix” the inner deltoids and trapezium muscles onto the shoulder girdle.

2016-10-22-15-05-39

Sukhasana, with forward extension to the side.

caption

Parivritta Parsvakonasana on a chair. This powerful twist strengthens the lumbar spine.

© 2017 Bobby Clennell.

Delray Beach: October 18 – 19

April 25, 2017

Workshop at Iyengar Yoga Center of the Palm Beaches. Delray Beach, Florida.

caption

A strong hip opener in Sirsasana. Align your sacrum and pubic bone. Maintaining a perfect square, pull the outer femur bones into the hip sockets.

caption

Nirlamba Sarvangasana with arms above head. Align back and front ribs so they are both perpendicular to the floor.

caption

From Chair Sarvangasana, Nirlamba Sarvangasana to the wall. From Nirlamba Sarvangasana, drop your knees to either side of the forehead (Karnapidasana).

caption

Exotic birds are a common sight in Florida…

caption

….and looking up is equally magical.

© 2017 Bobby Clennell

Hangzhou: November 10 – 13

March 16, 2017

Workshop in Hangzhou, China.

caption

At the tailors with Lily, Ming and Cerise.

caption

During menopause, face the wall.

caption

After menopause – “I’m back!”

caption

Virabhadrasana three. Extend from the navel forward to the little finger, and back through the lifted leg big-toe mound.

caption

Post menopause, it maybe time for you to work with support (back leg could be supported too). As we age, balance becomes more difficult, so through a variety of poses, find a way to keep it a strong part of your practice.

caption

Chair Sarvangasana. Align the breast plate: To bring it parallel with your chin and perpendicular to the floor, raise your back ribs away from the floor and press them forward toward your chest.

© 2017 Bobby Clennell.

Uramuqui: November 3 – 6

March 5, 2017

Workshop in bargaining, China.

caption

Lift your side ribs.

caption

Lift your side ribs!

caption

Side ribs long!!

caption

In Sirsasana, to avoid flopping forward, pull up through your outer hips and thighs and navel back.

caption

Supported Halasana – side ribs up!

caption

My host, my translator Ming, and my minder Cerise, bargaining in the market place. I came home with a large hand carved wooden spoon.

caption

The miniature horses of Uramuqui, China.

© 2017 Bobby Clennell.

Colombia: September 16 – 18

February 8, 2017

Workshop at Natural Yoga, Bogotá.

caption

When the ankles are a problem in Virasana and Supta Virasana, kneel on a blanket stack, with the toes trailing off the back edge.

caption

It’s a wonderful thing when you get up into Full Arm Balance (Adho Mukha Vriksasana) for the first time. The next thing she has to learn: lift the inner ankles, the inner edges of the feet and the big toe mounds.

caption

Prasarita Padottanasana (shown here with the head up). Working with a belt will help you to roll and then press the outer edges of the feet down, hit the inner knees away from each other and pull the inner thighs up into the inner groins, and back. Once learned, dispense with the belt.

caption

© 2017 Bobby Clennell.

Yoga, Kids and Play

January 25, 2017

For kids, yoga-time and play-time are sometimes indistinguishable.

14117772_10202112553650705_7659942880747968377_n-1

Adho Mukha Svanasana – Downward Facing Dog Pose. Hey, who put this floor down here? Sonalli Kurlekar sent this photo in of her daughter.

img_0469-1

This is Martine from Bogota, Colombia. How much fun it is push into Upward Facing Dog Pose (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana) on a soft, furry rug.

img_0493-1

Dandasana – Staff Pose. I see ten toes!

w17

This is one of the original pencil sketches from Watch Me Do Yoga.

img_0639-1

Now this is what I call a real Tree Pose (Adho Mukha Vriksasana)!

14355165_10153668433300728_3460062601410374305_n-1

Madeline Cook is only two-years-old, but she has yoga in her blood: both of her grandmothers are yoga teachers.

14681589_10209601235481554_6133493503363203108_n-1

Here is Madeline’s older sister, five-year-old Amelia. Amelia loves looking at books about yoga, and likes to learn (and pronounce) the Sanskrit names of the poses she copies from the illustrations. Recently, her grandmother Leah Bray Nichols (Evergreen Yoga, Memphis) found her “reading yoga books to Madeline. Looks like teaching yoga runs in the family!”

Neither of the girls has been to a kids class. Just reading, playing and doing. Leah says that when she cleans her studio,” I take them with me and they play on the ropes and make-up poses and make forts with the props.”

13483293_10154399672192369_1740893181267044689_o-1-1

Here is Francesca, daughter of Lara Warren who teaches at the Iyengar Yoga Institutes, of New York, and Brooklyn. The exuberance of this pose says it all! The rope wall was installed by Lee Christie-Irvine.

13600229_606594272832190_8280479560365584615_n-1

Vicky Ewell’s five-year-old granddaughter Marley lifts her chest high and moves her dorsal spine in as she pushes up into a a backbend (Urdhva Dhanurasana) in front of her pink princess tent. Vicky’s studio, the Yoga Loft, is in Sheffield  Village, Ohio.

13709817_1389989147697225_5358873013075495829_n-1

Fern likes to create her own poses. This one was sent in by Suzie Dodd, “I call it Fernasana!”

13567037_10153535895535426_7258571543471300392_n-2

These knees are sure to please. Halasana – Plow Pose.

Thanks to everyone who has sent me photos of their kids who were inspired by my book, Watch Me Do Yoga; please keep sending them in. I try my best to correctly credit all the photos, but if I’ve forgotten your child’s name, or the parent or grandparent who sent in the photo, please send it to me, and I’ll update the post.

©2017 Bobby Clennell.