As many of you know, I sustained a shoulder injury in a fall on campus where I teach. This revealed an earlier shoulder injury. I am an admirer of Doug Keller’s work on yoga anatomy and philosophy. I recommend this article to you for good shoulder health in your personal practice.
Neck and shoulder pain is epidemic in our Web-surfing society, and the typical yoga practice may not cure it. Here are three easy poses to keep you pain-free.
This is the pose in which I landed when I slipped on snow and fell on Monday, February 3. A trip to the ER kept me from teaching class at Sangha Yoga Collective that night. I am happy to report nothing broken. I will need to rehabilitate my right shoulder some: my laptop bag had driven my right arm into the shoulder socket, causing some pain, weakness and limited range of motion. But this will not keep me from teaching my regularly scheduled classes, or the Free/By Donation Community Class on Sunday, February 16. I hope to see you then, and/or at my regularly scheduled class!
Staff Pose is a basic and simple stabilizing pose that is the foundation for all seated asanas and has several benefits:
Since Fall 2010, to better support my yoga practice, I have been doing fall and spring cleanses with the same practitioner. This year, at the prompting of an adventurous yoga friend, I decided to work with a different practitioner. (The buddy system prevails.) To the extent that we are what we eat, I think of this like any other sādhanā, or “practice.” It’s something that has been worked into the seasonal observances of many traditional cultures. I’m happy to answer any questions you might have about my experience with this sort of practice.
21-Day Cleanse and Sugar Detox
October 10-31, 2013
Summer heat and acidity gets trapped in the body, making allergies, joint inflammation and tempers flare. It’s important to take time each fall to cool down and clear out your system with a high mineral, super alkalizing, whole foods diet. Sugar is one of the biggest sources of excess acidity in our diets. It can single handedly weaken every system in your body. From premature wrinkles to hypoglycemia and insomnia, from anxiety, loss of focus and mood instability to excess weight and joint pain, sugar is making you who you are, and it’s not for the better.
During this cleanse you’re going to kick the sugar habit for 21-days and feel how good it feels to feel good. (The dates for this cleanse are not coincidental – the Halloween candy-binge is a huge source of late fall and winter illnesses, and this year, you’re not even going to give them a chance!)
The Autumnal Equinox marks the beginning of the fall season, and is marked by equal amounts of daylight and night. In this class, we’ll explore the concept of equipoise in balance poses. Balance poses are an excellent way to explore the concept of balanced action, in this case between some of the Universal Principles of Alignment.
On the following day, Monday, September 23, in my regular 6 pm Aligned Flow class at Sangha, I’ll continue this Equinox theme by exploring the virtue of equanimity, what the yogis call upekśa.
In this last week of summer, as we face the drying, airy time of the impending autumn, we’ll be exploring the flow of water. Come join with us at Aligned Flow at Sangha Yoga Collective, tonight at 6 pm. We’ll work on channeling the awesome power of the water element in the subtle body.
Richard teaching yoga at Boardinghouse Park in Lowell, through Sangha Yoga Collective’s “Yoga in the Park” this summer.
I’ll be returning to Sangha Yoga Collective on Market Street in Lowell this Fall for a six-week Aligned Flow series. Join me beginning on Monday, September 9 at 6 pm. Teaching at the University as I do, the start of the academic year is always like “New Year’s” to me. For the first class we’ll be looking at foundations of our poses, and the meaning in yoga philosophy of the number 9—meeting as we are on 9/9. I’ll be honoring the studio’s Collective Cards. Also, if you sign up for the six-week series ($72), you can save even more.
Please also join us at Sangha’s Fall Open House on September 15 from 10-5 pm. I’ll be giving a free demonstration class during the Open House.
I’m pleased to be continuing at Sangaha, a sweet oasis in downtown Lowell. As a student of Anusara Yoga, trained by a former Certified Anusara instructor, I’m also excited to be bringing an alignment-based flow yoga to the area. All life is flow, and alignment brings wisdom to our participation in it.
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