Dear Friends, Darci’s husband, Nathan, was in a nearly-fatal car accident on Thursday, April 10th. He has made remarkable progress over the weekend considering the extent of his injuries. Many have been in touch to ask how they can support Nathan and his family. The amazing team at 4 Paws Academy have set up a number of options:
The 4 Paws Academy team will be hosting a dog wash to raise money to support Nathan’s care and have some good, clean fun. Join them on Saturday, May 10th at the 4 Paws Day School to have your dog washed and towel dried for a $20 donation!! Rain date is Saturday, May 24th. Spread the word!
They have several events in the works, such as a 4 Paws Work Weekend, that we will need help organizing. If you can donate your time, skill, or materials to help spruce up 4 Paws with some simple maintenance tasks to ready for Nathan’s return, please contact Brian at email@example.com
Also, if you are a business owner or are affiliated with a business that would like to donate a basket for an upcoming basket raffle (details to follow), please contact Nicole at firstname.lastname@example.org or Danielle at Daniellepoirier03@Yahoo.com
Please feel free to contact us here or the 4 Paws Academy team at http://4pawsvt.com/ for more information.
Many thanks for your support.
What a wonderful year this has been and I am so grateful for all of my yoga students.
Since there are no classes this week here is a sequence to practice at home!
A few notes:
1. This class is broken up into four sections. Maybe you are short on time? Just do the first two and practice the others later!
2. Props needed: blanket, strap and two blocks. No blocks at home? No worries. Place a chair in front of you for the lunge pose and at your side for triangle pose and the half kneeling hamstring stretch (when your blocks move back with you like “stilts” for your hands)
3. The final video was cut short right at the end. I finish with sidelying rotation to the right, just add the sidelying rotation to the left and then move into savasana.
4. As usual, STOP if you experience pain.
5. Have fun!
Join Therapydia Rutland for this special workshop. This is a 3 -hour workshop that combines functional anatomy, experiential anatomy, and a slow- flow yoga practice. With a special focus on the structural and functional anatomy of the shoulder complex, this workshop is perfect for yoga instructors or any practitioner hoping to deepen their knowledge of what is happening under the skin when performing asana. We will begin with an overview of shoulder anatomy, focusing on how this multi-joint complex moves in rhythm to create the most mobile joint in the body and how this mobility can lead to injury in a yoga practice. This will be a multi-media, interactive discussion. There will be a slow-flow yoga practice devoted to experiential anatomy and improved kinesthetic awareness of your shoulder’s mobility, stability, and its links to core stability.
Cost of the workshop is $50.
We will be having our official launch party Thursday, October 17 from 5pm-7pm. We’d love to have you stop by. Mingle, eat, drink and learn about our innovative approach to treating musculoskeletal injuries, including manual therapy, therapeutic yoga and functional strengthening.
The most challenging part of a yoga practice isn’t a headstand or an arm balance, it is carving out the time to spend on the mat. We pack our days so tightly there isn’t much wiggle room to stop and breathe. As important as it is to attend yoga class, it is equally as important to develop a home practice.
It is the process of practicing at home that is important, not the outcome. Improved strength and flexibility are fabulous, but the real significance of a home practice is the commitment that you make to spend time learning about yourself. In yogic philosophy it is called Swadhyaya, or self –study. Swadhyaya really is about committing to the process of paying attention to you.
With this in mind, avoid setting expectations about how long you will be on the mat and how often you will practice. Set yourself up for success. A home practice does not have to be a “class” at home. You don’t have to practice for an hour and half to reap the benefits of yoga, you can improve your flexibility and strength with just 15 minutes of practice! Maybe some days you simply unroll the mat and do a few cat and camels, maybe some days you unroll the mat and just sit. Other days you might do a more scripted practice. Just remember it is about the journey, not the destination.
You don’t even have to practice every day, research shows a few times a week is beneficial.
Now, you are on your mat, what do you do next?
Deciding which poses to practice can be intimidating. One of the most frequent reasons my students tell me for not practicing at home is because they are afraid they might hurt themselves by performing a pose incorrectly. This is understandable. There is a lot in the media about how yoga can hurt you. As long as you check your ego at the door and you really pay attention to the sensations in your body, you will be fine. Gentle to moderate stretching is good, gentle to moderate exertion is good and pain is bad!
If you have attended my class more than once, you know there are several poses that I teach almost every week. There is a reason for this repetition. First of all, the poses are important. They call for lengthening and stabilizing in all the right places. They prepare you for a deeper practice and “undo” the restrictions caused by many of our daily postures. The repetition also reinforces movement patterns so you feel more confident practicing those poses at home.
But, if you have never attended my class or simply don’t remember those foundational poses, here are a few to begin with.
Supta Eka Padangustasana
Long and Kneeling Lunge
Extended Child’s Pose
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