Class #1 Recorded Nov 14 @YB LAB CA (Stream | Download)IMG_1223

We look at Upper Cross syndrome and the effect of neck, shoulder and hand issues. We use the wall and chair with some blocks and yoga belt for assistance.

Upper crossed syndrome means your neck is forward and your shoulders are hunched over. The neck goes into flexion, meaning the traps and neck muscles go into overdrive to  hold it up (stiff neck?). The shoulders roll forward and get hunched, limiting their ability to rotate outwards. This is part of the culprit of rotator cuff or elbow injuries.

You can’t get comfortable while sleeping (neck pain), or suffering from headaches. Your head position throughout the day might be the first thing to evaluate.

Class #2 Recorded Nov 20 @YB LAB CA (Stream Download)

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We explore the openings needed to work into Parsvattonasana. Working with the wall, chair, bolster, blankets and blocks, we explore the neck and shoulders and how to work in ease into the asana.

Working with deep inner groin opening to explore the hip rotation and shoulder opening required to move into this deep standing twist with some ease. We use the wall, backless chair, bolsters, blankets and blocks to reveal the body as we explore what is needed to move into this asana.

You may be surprised at what is required in stability, mobility and equanimity!

Class #3 Recorded Nov 28 @YB LAB CA (Stream Download)

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We work with the wall and a chair to show ways to work in twisting and opening of shoulder and spine. Looking at the same pose with different tools may give you room to create the openings you are looking for in a yoga asana.

Working with the shortened muscles in upper back and neck: trapezius, sternocleidomastoid, and pectoralis; we use the wall and a chair to access the body. Often we are limited in the use of yoga tools available, so I show how to use the wall to affect the spine and shoulders.

As we add in other tools like a backless chair and bolsters, we can move slowly to work at our own pace. Slowing down allows us to find the small subtle alignments necessary to keep a long term practice healthy and happy.