Free Yoga Workshop! The Zen of Down Dog

The red and yellow and orange leaves outside are so amazing right now that I don’t even mind the colder weather (yet). The dog days of summer may be behind us this year, but fear not, Seattle yogaites, there is still plenty of ease and joy to experience in our body and mind with the goodness of yoga.

Downward Facing Dog, or Adho Mukha Svanasana in Sanskrit, is one of the poses we frequently do, but it’s not as frequent or common that it’s actually taught, so it’s especially important for us to pay attention to how we do it. Like learning anything new, once we master the basics, the rest of the journey is sweeter and more enjoyable.

In this FREE workshop, we will go over ways to wag more and bark less (forgive me for using a cliche :)) 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
  • Everything You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Downward Facing Dog But Were Afraid To Ask (to which I may or may not know the answer)

Who
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.

Where
LakeView Yoga in the Bothell/Kenmore area. For all you hard-core Seattleites, it’s a short drive to this part of town to experience this one-of-a-kind yoga studio overlooking Kenmore Air Harbor. It’s right on the path of the Burke Gilman trail, so you can also ride your bike, and since it’s not far from Third Place Books in the Lake Forest Park Town Center, you can stop by before or after to play with those giant life-sized chess pieces!

6251 NE Bothell Way, Kenmore, WA 98028-8941
(425) 481-7020

When
Sunday October 25th, 2009, 2:30-4:30pm. That’s this coming Sunday!

Stuff
The room will be comfortable, but not burning hot, please plan accordingly. Blocks and straps will be available, but if you have bolsters and blankets, feel free to bring them. If you have no idea what blocks, straps, bolsters and blankets are for, rest assured they will be strictly for yoga. 🙂

Cost
Free or your money back!

ARE WE REALLY GOING TO BE DOING YOGA FOR TWO WHOLE FRIGGIN HOURS?
ABSOLUTELY NOT! If you’ve never been to a yoga workshop before, you might think you’ll have to huff and puff for the whole 2 hours. No, I will not put you in Down Dog, set the timer, and say, “Ok, I’ll be back in 120 minutes, breathe and be happy.” (I’ll actually put you in plank.. ;))

Actually, I’ll be doing a lot of talking. We’ll go over technical points, we’ll look at anatomy pictures, we’ll sit in do some breath work, and we’ll have a nice long Savasana. So don’t be intimidated by the 2-hour block!

So this is how they came up with all these names

So this is how they came up with all these names