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I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be teaching a 3-week beginner workshop series at Joschi NYC (this is the studio where I did my teacher training). The three, hour-long classes are Wednesday nights from 7:30-8:30pm and are designed to be taken as a series, as each class will build on information and poses from the class before. If you have never tried yoga before, this is a perfect, non-intimidating place to start.  As always, check out the Classes Page for all the details. Hope to start 2012 with you in this or my 4-week open-level classes at the Brooklyn Zen Center!

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I made a short video in what I plan to make a series called “Yoga Explained.”  Sure, this information exists out there in many different forms, and there’s a lot of different approaches to instructional videos, but I hope you’ll find these quick videos (this one is less than 2 minutes) both a helpful introduction to yoga and refresher for areas you might glaze over in your practice. It’s also a tiny glimpse into me as a teacher, if you’ve never been to one of my classes.

In this first video, I show variations on the transistion from Plank to Chaturanga Dandasana to Upward Facing Dog to Down Dog. This is a sequence you’ll do over and over in any Vinyasa class, and it’s one that’s easy to get lazy in so it’s helpful to remember the proper alignment. It’s also a sequence that lends itself well to an Open Level class because there’s a variation that will work for you no matter your level. I also always urge my students to try one of these varations that they don’t normally go for, to see if they can find something new in it.

 

Something that I don’t fully explain in the video which is important to remember is which breath is attached to each movement. Here’s that information along with links to more information for each pose:

Plank Pose: inhale

Knees/Chest/Chin or Chaturanga Dandasana: exhale

Upward Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana): inhale

Downward Facing Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana): exhale

 

PS. Sorry for the low production quality, we don’t have much space in our apartment, and no video editing software or skills (this was shot by my lovely fiance on my point and shoot camera).