Archive for February, 2015

Clear Yoga. Sunday, January 18. 2015.

February 28, 2015

Workshop at Clear Yoga, Rhinebeck, NY. Propping your backbends.

Press your heels to the floor and curve the dorsal spine over the edge of the upturned chair seat.

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Two upturned chairs are better than one.

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To the same degree you are extending the arms, reach the balls of your feet to the wall.

Hold the block with the palms, not the fingers.

Hold the block with the palms, not the fingers.

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Slide as far forward into the chair as you can, so that the tips of the shoulderblades are at the very edge of the chair seat.

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The body itself will tell you which props to use.

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Stamp the heels down and lift the back thighs. Try to straighten your legs.

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Slide your arms along the sides of the top of the trestler.

© 2015 Bobby Clennell

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Taipei. December 12 – 15. 2014.

February 11, 2015

Workshop at Shelly Yoga.

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Students taking pictures of my Elements and Koshas posters.

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Preparing for  Eka Hasta Bhujasana

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….with Eka Pada Sirsasana

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Eka Hasta Bhujasana

Bakasana: rocking and rolling - shifting the weight back and forth from the blocks to the hands.

Bakasana: rocking and rolling – shifting the weight back and forth from the blocks to the arms and hands.

Tuck the arms high up under the inner thighs before you lift off.

Tuck the arms high up under the inner thighs before you lift off.

Suck the abdomen back to the spine.

Suck the abdomen back to the spine.

This student's hips are too high.

This student’s hips are too high.

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Another day, another session: we pushed up from a chair into Urdhva Dhanurasana, elbows and forearm bone on the wall, middle fingers face straight ahead.

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Due to the wieght of the pelvis, women tend to drop the hips in this pose.

Raise your heels, raise your tail bone and pelvis,

Without dropping your pelvis, stamp your heels down. Open the backs of the knees: lift the back thighs away from the backs of the knees toward the buttock crease.

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On the last night in Taipei my host, Shelly took us to an outdoor restaurant high up in the hills. It was cold, so we were all  bundled up just like these two waiters. There was a heater under the table, which made my knees hot.

© 2015 Bobby Clennell.

Hong Kong. 26 – 29 November. 2014

February 2, 2015

Workshop at The Iyengar Yoga Centre of Hong Kong.

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Diagonal Trikonasana lessons  the weight of the body on  the front leg hip socket, making it especially helpful for women suffering from ostioporosis of the hip joints. It also  enables a strong spinal rotation.

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This student needed help aligning her legs. Due to seriously “knock knees”, she couldn’t get her ankles together. This caused conciderable strain on her spine in Sirsasana.

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Propping our back bends.

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This variation is for theraputic purposes. It helps treat ovarian cysts,  endometriosis, and menstrual cramps.

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Chair Kapotasana

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…led to this supported variation of Kapotasana,

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The block and bolster provided access and therefore lift to the upper and mid spine.

Where are my toes?

 

Found them!

Nirlamba Sarvangasana. Close your eyes the minute you get into the pose to enable the throat to relax.

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Follow Nirlamba Sarvangasana with Chair Sarvangasana. Roll onto the very front of the shoulders.

Kids Class

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Cup cakes and balloons after the kids class!

Book Signing

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 Book signing!

© 2015 Bobby Clennell.