Posts Tagged ‘Community Yoga’

Florida: January 21 – 22 and 24 – 26, 2020

August 10, 2020

Workshop at Miami Beach Iyengar Yoga Center

Another workshop, another Pincha Mayurasana, this time with the outer edges of the wrists pressed down into the floor.

Workshop at Community Yoga, Fernandina Beach, Florida.

Adho Mukha Svanasana with a long yoga belt. Abhijata Iyengar in her online workshop in May 2020, extolled the importance of working with props especially during the pandemic we are living through..

Adho Mukha Svanasana. This set up helps the student understand where she is stuck: when she bends forward, her lower back tends to pop out.

Uttitha Trikonasana. Correcting knock knees. It takes seven years!

Uttitha Trikonasana. Do this with a partner, and observe how much the space opens up in the pelvis. This student couldn’t be persuaded to take her legs a little further apart.

Mulabandasana, one leg at a time.

And now for six smiley faces….





6) Use the slant board to press the heels away from the pubic bone. 

Raising the feet facilitates a greater extension through the inner thigh muscles, and therefore more mobility in the hip joints.

Chair supported Sirsasana.

This is important: Press the shins against the wall, and the toes toward the floor.

Roll the outer elbows in.

© 2020 Bobby Clennell

Fernandina Beach, Florida: January 18 – 20, 2019

June 26, 2019

Workshop at Community Yoga

These first four photos were taken from a class on pelvic and hip health.

A “cone” shape was made out of the sticky mat. It was placed under the student’s entire pelvis then slowely pulled out. The student is instructed not to “help” in any way. This action lengthens the lumbar spine. It’s especially effective for those who have a pronounced lumbar curve, low back pain and situations where the lumbar spine discs have slipped, or when the lumbar or sacral area have degenerated or become compressed.

Supta Baddha Konasana with a slant board under the upper back.

It’s pretty much a given that anyone who can do Matsyasana like this, practices it everyday.

Parsva Halasana. Lift from the inner thighs. Here as I walk around to the right, I am lining up knees and ankles by pulling the right leg thigh back into the right hip socket.


© 2019 Bobby Clennell

Fernandina Beach: October 21 – 23, 2016.

May 9, 2017

Workshop at Community Yoga, Fernandina Beach, Florida.


I got a nice warm welcome.


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


Sukhasana, with forward extension to the side.


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

© 2017 Bobby Clennell.

Fernandina Beach, Florida

November 25, 2015

Weekend workshop at Community Yoga on Amelia Island.


This is an effective way to help a student (level 2 and up) open the hip joints.


Here you see a common problem in Parsvottanasana: the front leg side trunk sinks onto the front leg.


To give the student a tactile reminder of how to level the hips bones: a rolled blanket is placed between the front leg thigh and the sinking pelvis. The hips are now parellel and the spine straight.


Parsvottanasana, touch the forhead to the shin bone. Be on the inner edge of the front foot and the outer edge of the back. Pull back through the front leg sit bone.


Eka Pada Sirsasana


In Parsvaika Pada Sirsasana keep the left and right hip bones level with each other. Bring the down leg side waist forward (to the front). Hit the inner lifted knee back.


Wide Leg Janu Sirsasana with chair.


Free Standing (away from the wall) Chair Shoulderstand. Grip the chair legs tightly. Resist the strong pull of the legs: roll the shoulders down and under – bring the front of the shoulder to the floor. To maintan the sternum bone in an upright position, firm the back ribs toward the chest.


©2015 Bobby Clennell.