After Thanksgiving Downward Dog Workshop at Village Green Yoga in Issaquah

It might be a sign of pumpkin pie overdose when I’ve sat here for the last I-don’t-want-to-confess how long to think of a witty title for my upcoming yoga workshop. “Two Days Later, a Tale of a Downward Turkey” a la 28 Days Later, or “After the Turkey Party is the Downdog Party” with a nod to R. Kelly? Something dorky like, “L-tryptophan Blues from Turkey Day? We’ve Got the Dog to Chase it Away!” Or, something more conventionally yoga, like, “Get Grace after You Give Grace, Giving Thanks to Your Body after Thanksgiving.”

You can see how convoluted and silly this can get, fast.

So, I’ll just get to the point. This Saturday November 28th from 9:30 – 11:30am, come to Village Green Yoga for a fabulously fun yoga workshop with me. The main focus will be on Downward Facing Dog, or Adho Mukha Svanasana in Sanskrit, so chosen because it’s a quintessential pose stretching the body from head to toes, and it can be done in a few short minutes to relief some of that infamous chaos and stress that the holidays season can bring.

In this 2-hour workshop, we will go over ways to wag joyfully in Downward Dog , including:

+ Major challenges such as tight hamstrings, overly mobile spine, and hyperextended arms
+ Common pitfalls such as dumping our weight on the shoulder and wrist joints
+ Strategies for protecting the hands to avoid wrist pain and injury
+ Modifications for safety and relaxation
+ How to build *both* strength and flexibility in the shoulders
+ Moving in and out of Downward Dog in Vinyasa

The class is appropriate for both brand new beginners to yoga as well as seasoned practitioners.

Downward Dog, however, is not recommended for pregnant women in their 2nd and 3rd trimester, or for people with unmedicated high blood pressure, detached retina, weak eye capillaries, glaucoma, conjunctivitis or any infection of inflammation of the eyes or ears.

In keeping with the tradition of Black Friday, this 2-hour workshop is priced at a nice $10.

And now for some good ol’ Dog ‘n Cat chasin’ Turkey, not to mention some childhood nostalgia, I present: Pluto in Cold Turkey