Enjoy transforming "shoulds" into "goods" in your shoulders. Join Andrea for this shoulder-oriented class. A loose grasp on a strap is suggested for this practice, as many of us tend to get a bit overly ambitious at the top of this sequence, only to find it unbearable mid-way through. Remind yourself that you are administering therapy, not torture.
The simplicity of these movements is misleading – they pack a punch. Listen to what your shoulder girdle is telling you and if you need to take a break then absolutely take one. Dull pain and sharp pain are very different indicators. Dull pain is what Mr. Iyengar calls “good pain”-- things shifting carefully. Sharp pain is our body throwing up red flags and telling us to stop what we are doing before we injure ourselves. It's a great opportunity to experience sthira sukham asanam (which means steady and sweet).
Recommended props: 1 block, 1 strap
If you have shoulder issues, be extremely careful with this one. I thought I was doing fine, but the day after this, my left shoulder was screaming. It took two weeks to get back to a place where I thought I could try a beginner class again. A little goes a long way here because you hold the binds soooo long.
instruction too long and not quit into the theme in some point.
I could not hear her either. Needed to close all my windows and still.....
This was my longest ever hold of gomukhasana arms; but when I finished it really felt awesome. Thank you Andrea.
This is one of those wonderful classes that challenges u to go within challenging u to stay steady and calm in long holds that are not exactly comfy. Slow and steady but not easy. It hurts at the time but man u feel good after. Great class thanks Andrea
I think Andrea's ability to really blend the physical work of yoga with the philosophical work of yoga is such a gift to her students. This is a challenging class with longer holds than a lot of classes but really gives an opportunity to focus on breathing through uncomfortability and my shoulders felt great afterward.
Serious shoulder work!
The instructor gives very long instructions and the class goes very slow. This should be a level 1 class.
I have been practicing/teaching many years and rarely find teachers that have such an eloquent, fresh way of teaching. I really enjoyed this class and found it brought me into a new perspective of even the most subtle, seemingly familiar elements of my practice. Thank you!
This was an interesting class. The sound was a bit hard to hear, even with my volume turned up to the max. I guess with computer speakers it could be made louder, but I thought you'd want to know. Thanks.
Work on dolphin pose, which is a great shoulder opener that can prep you for inversions.
Build upper body strength while protecting your shoulders, elbows, wrists and back. Recommended props: 1 block
Open your shoulders in every direction. Recommended props: 1 block, 1 strap, 1 blanket
Build heat in a short amount of time without sun salutes in this 20 minute class that targets your shoulders, hamstrings and hips.