by Kara-Leah Grant Welcome to the first in a series of articles & videos exploring the foundations of an asana practice through sun salutations. But first... In my ideal universe - besides living next door to Johny Depp and and down the road from Einstein (imagine that dinner party!) - every yoga student would be encouraged to start a home yoga practice the very first time they ever went to a yoga class.Yes, the first time.In fact, every yoga teacher would teach with the … [Read more...]
An Intimate and In-depth look at Basic Sun Salutations
An in-depth look at each posture in Sun Salutations, including video instruction. The first two articles in the series are free for anyone to access, the remaining four are Premium Content and only viewable by Insiders.
by Kara-Leah Grant For years and years and years this posture has been my nemesis.I hated it. I sucked at it. It challenged me in every way.When I first started yoga, back in 1995 at a ten-week Iyengar course, I was so incredibly tight that when we went into a standing forward bend, I couldn't even reach forward and touch my knees.I had no forward movement in my pelvis at all - my hamstrings were just way too tight. And that's the first part of the body that must be freed up for a … [Read more...]
by Kara-Leah Grant Chaturanga Dandasana is one of those postures that we often don't spend time in - either in yoga class or in our home yoga practice. It's a one-breath wonder. We're in, we're moving out, that's it.Partly this is because it's a challenging posture and we usually want to get out of it as soon as possible. And part of it is because it's not a flashy yoga posture where we feel like we get somewhere or gain a lot over time. It's easy to see Chaturanga Dandasana as just a … [Read more...]
by Kara-Leah Grant Like Chatranga Dandasana, Urdhva Mukha Svanasana is a posture we usually only spend a breath or two in during yoga class. It's a posture of transition and movement. And it's a posture that's very easily to do badly, creating stress on our lower back and shoulders.For this reason, it's a posture I'm now wary of teaching in a general, drop-in yoga class. Yes, it's a staple of sun salutations and yoga, yet many of the people I see coming to class aren't yet ready to swoop … [Read more...]
by Kara-Leah Grant It's one of the most common and most popular of all yoga postures, yet like the other postures we've looked at in recent months, Adho Mukda Svanasana is far from being a beginner's yoga pose. No, downward dog is one of those postures which, when done badly, can do more damage than it does good. Fortunately, it's also a posture we usually get to spend serious time in - most sun salutations will allow five breaths in a downward dog, and it's a posture we return to again and … [Read more...]
by Kara-Leah Grant In recent months, we've looked at all the different asanas or postures that make up a standard sun salutation.We've explored each of these postures in-depth, and explained them on video.Now it's time to took at the transitions between the postures. Because this is what makes sun salutations such a fantastic yoga sequence - especially for home practice. Each pose flows effortlessly into the next posture, creating a complete circle where you end up where you started, … [Read more...]