Workshop in Tel Aviv, Sept 4–6, 2015

Workshop for the Iyengar Yoga Association, Tel Aviv, Israel.

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Blankets should not be disturbed – EVER! – from their length-wise fold. Maintaining that initial imprint makes life so much easier. Now all of the other standard blanket folds are easy to do.

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Look for the mid-line in every pose. Here in Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose) align the wrists, elbows, shoulders, torso and side hips to the median plane.

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Urdhva Hastasana with block and belt – another pose where it helps if you know where your midline is. Take your weight to your heels. Move your quadracept muscles back onto your femur bones, and your femurs back to your hamstrigs.  Narrow the front thighs, spread the back thighs.

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My host Zippy Weiner, assisting me at the Lotus Center Yoga Studio (where she has big classes), helps this student get her tailbone in.

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Practice diagonal Uttitha Trickonasana to access a good spinal rotation. Additionally for those with hip problems, working this way minimise the weight (and discomfort) on the front leg hip socket.

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Upavista Konasana in Sirsasana. During the post menstrual phase, practice this with the toes turned forward. You will now find it possible to draw the sacrum up (toward the ceiling) to the level of the pubic bone. This allows the uterus to recede, and heal, and release away from the pelvic floor. In this pose, it’s easy to concave in the lumbar. This variation helps you remedy that, and elongate up through the lumbar.

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Baddha Konasana in Sirsasana. Move the inner thighs and inner knees away from each other. Pull the outer thighs back toward the hip sockets.This variation is another opportunity to lift the heavy (especially for women) sacral area.

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The students in Tel-Aviv are experts at finding ways of working when space is at a premium in the yoga studio. Finding no wall to brace their toes against, these two, who were holding their ankles in Supta Baddha Konasana (Reclining Bound Angle Pose), used each other, and a block for leverage.

Out and about in Jerusalem.

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The classic shot of Jeruselem. I can’t believe I actually got to take this picture!

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Inside the walled city.

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An ancient Christian holy site, also within the walled city.

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I love this design on a paper napkin.

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The best homus comes from inside these walls. It’s dripping with local olive oil and sprinkled with (also local) pine nuts and paprika.

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A lovely old dwelling place — I wanted to see what was inside.

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A stenciled wall. I was told this was Arab and had to do with the Haje.

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Apple strudle and cappachino at a cafe on the rooftop of the Austrian Church. Within the walled city, each Christian church represents a place were Jesus paused as he walked with the cross.

© 2015 Bobby Clennell

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