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Level 2/3
90 min

Cultivate Extension in the Spine

Vinyasa Flow | By Tiffany Cruikshank on Sep 13 2012
In our forward oriented world the tendency to slouch puts a lot of pressure on the spine & the internal organs. This class focuses on cultivating extension in the spine in some simple ways and some more precarious positions. Take what you need and find some expansion through the front of the body to take some pressure off the spine and the internal organs in the process. Some arms balancing variations & transitions included.

Description

In our forward oriented world the tendency to slouch puts a lot of pressure on the spine & the internal organs. This class focuses on cultivating extension in the spine in some simple ways and some more precarious positions. Take what you need and find some expansion through the front of the body to take some pressure off the spine and the internal organs in the process. Some arms balancing variations & transitions included.

Comments

  • Barbara Antonino     Dec 10th, 2014
    Oooohhhh...I loooove yoga! thank you Tiffany xxx
  • ZEynep A     Aug 4th, 2014
    This one was the most challanging one for me but I feel great, invigorated and like floating ;)))))) thanks a million.... This is an extremely hot and humid day in Istanbul but after this one I donot feel the heaviness of the weather anymore. Like magic...
  • Rafael Kr     Sep 11th, 2013
    Very challenging. Thanks.
  • Ikhsan Himawan     Jun 18th, 2013
    Another great practice!!
    • Tiffany Cruikshank     Jun 20th, 2013
      :)
  • Ikhsan Himawan     Jun 18th, 2013
    Another great practice!!
  • Missy Petty     May 31st, 2013
    What a great practice! Challenging but fun, and very informative-- standard traits of your classes. And, I had a breakthrough with crow, and first successful side crow. Excellent confidence booster for the day :-)
    Thanks!
    • Tiffany Cruikshank     Jun 20th, 2013
      Thanks Missy, glad you liked it! ;)
  • Karen DiGenova     Feb 17th, 2013
    Thanks for the great class, learned a lot! You are an amazing instructor!
    • Tiffany Cruikshank     Feb 18th, 2013
      Thanks Karen, glad you're enjoying it! ;)
  • Rafael Kr     Jan 12th, 2013
    Great class.
    • Tiffany Cruikshank     Feb 18th, 2013
      :)
  • Rafael Kr     Jan 12th, 2013
    Great class.
  • Lisa Austin     Dec 12th, 2012
    Hi Tiffany, just started Yogaglo, and loving it!!! I have done mainly yours and Seane Corne's classes so far. I like your matter of fact attitude yet extremely compassionate reasonable approach. I am a former track/crossfit athlete that loves the challenges you come up with, yet i am always looking to work on my weaknesses. Thank you for being an amazing, clear, well rounded coach in these practices. I look forward to exploring all your videos.
    • Tiffany Cruikshank     Feb 18th, 2013
      Thanks Lisa, glad you're enjoying my classes! I love a good challenge. ;)
  • Nadia Rqm     Dec 3rd, 2012
    thanks for this practice tiffany. It is definitely challenging and I may have 'cheated' my way out of several poses by making my own easier variations but I'll keep coming back to this class to gauge my improvements. I love the balancing half moon, the crow flow, and working the crow push ups. I love the urdvha dhanurasana against the wall too.
    • Tiffany Cruikshank     Feb 18th, 2013
      Glad you're enjoying it, its not cheating, just modifying and important to do sometimes since everyone's body is a bit different. So good for you! xoxo ;)
  • Catriona Andrew     Nov 8th, 2012
    Thank you Tiffany for another stunning class. Truly extended spine!
  • Kayla Sharrah     Nov 5th, 2012
    Lovely class Tiffany, I had a lot of fun in side crow and the transitions. Thank you for a strong and exciting class...annnnd i love your outfit!
  • Tiffany Cruikshank     Nov 4th, 2012
    Thanks guys. :)
  • Kathleen Levine     Oct 22nd, 2012
    LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!! Thank you!
  • Carmela Lacey     Oct 13th, 2012
    WHAT A FABULOSO CLASS TIFFANY - loved it, your creativity is amazing!!! Thank YOU :-)
  • kendra jones     Oct 1st, 2012
    Just what my spine was looking for :) Thanks OMie! peace & love
  • Laila Awadalla     Sep 29th, 2012
    I was able to get into (and hold!) side crow for the very first time! Your instructions were just what I needed to hear. Thanks for a great class, Tiffany!
    • Tiffany Cruikshank     Nov 4th, 2012
      Great to hear. ;)
  • lindsey pavao     Sep 26th, 2012
    great class! One thing, I can't seem to do side crow without hurting the tissue in my triceps and thigh, like there is too much pressure caused by gravity to relax or extend the pose. Is this normal, and is there anything I can do to make it less painful?
    • Tiffany Cruikshank     Nov 4th, 2012
      Some sensitivity is normal at first, keep trying to lift the hips up from your core and just practice a little at a time until it gets easier. ;)
  • Ann Constantino     Sep 24th, 2012
    I loved this class! I always enjoy your work-and-fun factor, but this practice was especially appreciated by my spine which felt spacious and vibrant afterwards. I had a discectomy/laminotomy a little over a decade ago at L5S1 and have a lot of chronic compression, and this was like therapy for it. Thank you, thank you!
    • Tiffany Cruikshank     Nov 4th, 2012
      Great to hear Ann! ;)
  • Leigh Ann Ablah     Sep 23rd, 2012
    Killer! From beginning until the end! And I mean that in a good way! THANKS!
  • Cristen Malia     Sep 17th, 2012
    Thanks, Tiffany. Crow push-ups, urdhva at the wall, loved it all. Awesome class!
  • Mara Dew     Sep 17th, 2012
    Gotta love the crow "push ups"! those were great. Also, the side crow series and the wall back bends to hanuman handstand. As always, I love your creative choreography. Keeps me on my toes... Thanks!
    • Tiffany Cruikshank     Nov 4th, 2012
      I love those. :)
  • yogagal      Sep 17th, 2012
    GREAT Practice! Feel 2" taller. You are so strong, what strength training do you do...weights? or? I've not been able to develop your kind of strength from only my yoga practice. just curious.
    • Tiffany Cruikshank     Nov 4th, 2012
      Just yoga now days for me, you'd be surprised how strong you will get over time. ;)
      • yogagal      Nov 4th, 2012
        would love to have a class of your favorite all around personal practice.
  • Tiffany Cruikshank     Sep 16th, 2012
    Thanks guys, glad you're enjoying it!
  • Flo Sheffield     Sep 15th, 2012
    Loved this. Many things I have been wanting to work on all in one practice!
  • Jeremy Wolfe     Sep 14th, 2012
    One of my favorites. Loved the wall backbend.
  • Autumn Jordan     Sep 14th, 2012
    Loved, loved, looooved the side crow flow. Fantastic! Thank you Tiffany! :)
  • Karen Kurtz     Sep 14th, 2012
    I loved the backbending on the wall. Challenging but so much freedom.
  • Kimberly Miller     Sep 14th, 2012
    Thanks Tiffany! Definitely offered a challenge. Is there a benefit to doing karna pidasana instead of halasana?
    • Tiffany Cruikshank     Sep 16th, 2012
      Not so much as far as the inversion effect goes but it will stimulate the abdominal organs a little more with the compression effect and offer more of a stretch if needed for the back line of musculature. But if you get all of that in halasana then its not necessary. :)