During the training, however, some troubling questions arose – Leo thought to herself - “How do I keep teaching the way I do with the new knowledge that many of my students shouldn’t be practicing certain “common” poses like Downward Facing Dog, given the lack of mobility of their shoulders? How do I properly prepare my students’ bodies for poses that I now recognize as too advanced for many of them...?”
And so began her integration of Anatomy and Asana and Therapeutic Yoga into her regular beginner and advanced classes.
Last year, Leo shared with me how she has integrated the concepts into her classes. The results are brilliant. Her students love learning ways to stabilize, mobilize and strengthen. Not only have they reduced or eliminated their pain, they have also experienced strength, balance, ease, and great functional movement.
So together we bring Advancing Your Yoga Practice: The Art of Slowing Down to you. It consists of 7 full class sequences you can follow yourself and, if you are a teacher, you can share with your students. Each sequence focuses on a theme pose, with therapeutics weaved throughout. The asanas covered are: Downward Facing Dog, Triangle, Revolved Triangle, Uttanasana, Warrior 1, Warrior 2, Camel.
As a result of completing these sequences people have experienced the following:
* enough functional movement to practice Downward Dog with a lightness, an
ease and no pain
* Triangle Pose with solid and strong legs, great hip mobility and healthy, pain free SI Joints
* Warriors, Standing Forward Bends and Camels that are are all strong and balanced with no back or knee pain
Be prepared to be amazed. The feedback we’ve received has been great. Here are some comments to share:
"Susi, this is your best book yet." Daena (Canmore, AB)
"Susi, I feel phenomenal. So light, so balanced. I’ve never felt so good." Beatriz (Mexico)
"I feel taller, stronger and 10lbs lighter." (a participant at the Northwoods Yoga Conference, Wisconsin)
"This is the first workshop I have attended where I didn’t leave in pain." Debbie (Seattle)
"This is absolutely magical, my shoulder pain in Pincha Mayurasana is non-existant." (a participant at the Yoga Conference in Toronto).
"I love the clarity of Susi’s applied Anatomy..." Shiva Rea
"I had suffered extreme sciatica while pregnant and post-partum. My twin boys are now heavy toddlers so you can imagine the strain on my body. I had been practicing yoga for 15 years, but it wasn’t until we interspersed the therapeutics with classic asanas that I moved out of pain completely. It has been an amazing experience. I’ve never felt as balanced or as committed to my practice." Thank you, Anne H. (Toronto)
"...I am now experiencing a more natural ease in life – in my stance, in the way I walk, in my day-to-day movements, and in the way I embrace whatever is before me." Lori D. (Toronto)