DETAIL + DEPTH | My yoga lineage is equal parts Iyengar and Vinyasa. What I enjoy most about Iyengar Yoga is its intelligence around the body and asanas, and how to use yoga for injuries, disease and the various stages of life. I am inspired by Iyengar teachers and the longevity and sincerity of their practice. Vinyasa Yoga was my first introduction to yoga. I loved feeling like I “did” something, usually signified by being bathed in sweat and totally worked. I was only 21 when I started practicing Vinyasa, but many years later I still practice and teach it.

One thing I take issue with in vinyasa classes is the way I see teachers sequence based on convenience rather than objective. The choreography of transitioning from one pose to the next can override the intention of the physical poses. While the body is forgiving if it is heated a decent amount, ultimately it feels like a lack of consciousness of why one pose follows the next. I want the sequence of my movements to have purpose.

DETAIL + DEPTH aims to educate and inspire students and teachers to consider how to sequence for a peak pose. There are other ways to sequence that are useful, safe, and effective, such as building a sequence around a meditation, theme, or specific physical instruction. This video is a culmination of intelligent and thoughtful sequencing (if I do say so myself) to allow the body to flow seamlessly toward Urdhva Dhanurasana 2 (taken with the hands on the wall). 🙏🏼

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DETAIL + DEPTH | A series featuring key preparations, modifications, and variations dedicated to a single pose. This week dive deep into Upward Bow Pose 2 | Urdhva Dhanurasana 2. Use this as a resource for your own practice or teaching.

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