Chaturanga Dandasana: From the ground up

chat from ground Mar 2

YES! I’m completely obsessed with Chaturanga Dandasana. Here’s another way of working this very challenging pose.  Whether we are entering into a yoga pose, a conversation or even a relationship, the direction we are coming from can make all...
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Open the Shoulders and the Heart Will Follow

heart image Feb 16

When the shoulders are open the sweetness of the heart can flow through the arms and into the hands making everything we touch an expression from our hearts.  I hope you enjoy this flow. Shukriya, Amy
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Cobra and Upward Facing Dog – Two Totally Different Animals

Cobra Pose Jan 28

Here’s another area where there’s confusion in vinyasa classes.  It’s rarely taught and students are not clear.  Check out this short video… it’s thorough but brief.  I hope this helps you align more safely so that you get the...
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Jump Back to Chaturanga Dandasana

chaturanga Jan 19

Here’s another “ouch” of a misalignment in motion… I see this ALL the time. In the Surya Namaskar A Vinyasa I’ll have students jumping back into Plank then lower down into Chaturanga. Yup, jumping back to Plank! …pain ripples...
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Chaturanga Dandasana: Check Yourself Before You Wreck Yourself

chaturanga Jan 13

I see a lot of misaligned Chaturanga Dandasana in my Vinyasa yoga classes… and shoulder, wrist and elbow injuries come right along with that. Students are injuring themselves because they are not being taught.  Unfortunately we aren’t “teaching” this...
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Bypassing Chaturanga Dandasana: A Safe Alternative

modified chaturanga Jan 13

I created this modified vinyasa to help my beginner students build strength and access the actions needed to practice the Chaturanga to Upward Facing Dog transition safely. I’m not a fan of teaching students to drop their knees in...
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Being “Un-Done”

Amy & Bodhi 062314 Jun 23

It’s been a while since my last blog.  Here we are at the mid-point of another year, and this one has been very busy for me. I gave birth to my beautiful baby boy, Bodhi… travelled with him and...
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Who Says You Can’t Practice Yoga Pregnant?!

Amy_Sturman Dec 10

When you’re pregnant, your center of balance shifts daily. I think of it as nature’s way of preparing you for the big shift when the baby comes and the center of your universe is now walking around outside of...
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Restorative Yoga

Slow Down Nov 18

Try Something Different….Slow Down and Heal Yourself. Our lives are moving faster than ever!  Our minds are moving fast too.  Most of us come to yoga to find balance but end up in a strong, fast-moving Yoga Class.  With...
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Make Good Space

Amy blog 090913_make space photo Sep 10

“Make space and let the universe fill it.” This isn’t some new age quote but an anatomical fact from Leslie Kaminoff. He was referring to the diaphragm and how breathing occurs in conjunction with shape change.  When the diaphragm...
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