It was a treat to connect with the sweet students at Yoga Journal LIVE! in New York last weekend. I taught three sessions and, as promised, am writing up a postview with practice notes. (This is my preferred method, as it lets me teach to the students who are there, versus rigidly following a handout.) When page numbers are noted below, they refer to my latest book, Everyday Yoga. If you’d like to know more about my approach to teaching yoga to athletes and everyone, and the way I sequence workshops and classes, visit Sage Yoga Teacher Training, where you’ll find online courses to help you design balanced, innovative yoga practices for yourself and your students. Or come to my North Carolina yoga studios—we offer a wide range of yoga teacher trainings at the 200- and 500-hour levels, as well as continuing education. Read more here.
Balance is a dynamic union between hard and soft, effort and ease, sthira (stiffness, stability) and sukha (sweetness, mobility). We need balance top to bottom, front to back, and left to right—and we need to find the right balance between work and rest so that we are challenged to grow but capable of adapting. We used this physical practice to explore areas of balance and imbalance in our bodies.
Next, we moved through three iterations of dancer, tree, pigeon, and eagle pose, all of which appear in Everyday Yoga.
Nothing feels better after a full day of active asana and listening than gentle and restorative yoga! In this late-afternoon session, we rolled around on the floor in mellow poses. It’s exactly when you don’t feel like you have time for a practice like this that you need it the most. For more on the mechanics of athletic recovery, please see my book The Athlete’s Guide to Recovery. These routines appear in Everyday Yoga.
Students: I look forward to seeing you again, if only online here and at Sage Yoga Teacher Training!
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