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Caturanga with Stable Shoulders

Use 2 yoga blocks – or stacks of books of the same thickness and firmness – to train strength, alignment and stability in the upper body in caturanga.

  1. Train flexing elbows to 90 degrees carrying own upper body weight (place yoga blocks to touch the shoulders at this height)
  2. Bring awareness to what needs to be turned on to maintain stable shoulder girdle (active palms, arms, hugging of shoulder blades towards ribcage).
  3. Work on concentric and eccentric muscle engagement by working in both directions slow – lowering down and pushing up.
  4. Work with knees down first to build upper body strength – chest, upper back, triceps – before layering in lower body work.

The detailed work needs a whole workshop to run through! These are some ideas to stimulate your awareness in your personal practice.

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Strength and Length in the Hamstrings and Glutes

Runners alert! Dynamic working of hip extensors (hamstrings and gluteus maximus) –¬† strengthen and lengthen with the support of a yoga wheel. Ideal for those who are tight.

Don’t have a yoga wheel? Options:

i. Walk from side to side holding a yoga block in each hand

ii. Hold onto parts of a fence in the park

Courtesy: @DharmaYogaWheel

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Videos from Sattva Retreats (India 2016)

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Participants share their reflections from their¬†time at Spice Yoga’s Sattva Retreats!

Ange Ong on getting value out of an intensive programme.

Chloe Wright on “magic” and “men in suits”!

Saskia Knoop on a complete yoga training.

Hazel Quek on finding authentic passion through yoga.

Sarah Poh on becoming stronger.