Therapeutic Sun Salutations? YES!

Sun SalutationsRxSome folks are wondering how I am going to present this weekend’s workshop material. Sun Salutations are supposed to be heating, and physically challenging. And Therapeutic yoga has a reputation for being of the ‘soft’. How can the two possibly meet and play nice in the same room?? It’s exactly that balance of practice that we will construct!

I have been applying principles of therapeutic yoga (that I have learned in a year-long training with Leslie Kaminoff) to my practice of Sun Salutations and classical yoga postures. And it has been nothing short of a Renaissance of Healing and Freedom in my 18 year long yoga practice.

Here is a brief outline of the workshop’s timeline, topics we will discuss, and applications we will weave into practice:

  • Opening Harmonium Meditation
  • Definitions of Yoga
  • The ‘Unbridled Pursuit of Flexibility’ & Bringing your practice in to the present moment.
  • Sun Salutations origin from Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga.
  • Methodology of Ashtanga Shala & Mysore Practice.
  • Traditional Surya Namaskar A & B … poses & sequence
  • Role of Breath, Bandhas, & Drishti
  • Role of the Poses
  • Making modifications to poses & sequence to support and honor the primary application of breath, bandhas, and drishti
  • Break down Ujjayi Pranayama
  • Importance of consistent ujjayi pranayama…gives rhythm to the practice.
  • Finding mula bandha
  • Finding Uddiyana Bandha
  • Power of Drishti
  • Class inquiry…what hurts & when
  • Modifying sequence per each student
  • Full practice

Hope to see some of y’all there. Remember, all teachers receive a special Teacher Rate. There is a button for it on the registration page.

LOVE & YOGA, Melanie


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