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  1. Gayatri Mantra (feat Lisbeth Scott), album: The Yoga Sessions: Hang with Angels by Masood Ali Kahn @ www.yogaorganix.com
  2. Spirits in the Material World, album: The Yoga Sessions: Go-Ray & Duke by Go-Ray & Duke @ www.yogaorganix.com
  3. Embrace (feat Morley), album: The Yoga Sessions by EarthRise SoundSystem @ www.yogaorganix.com
  4. Honey in the Heart, album: Prana by Shaman's Dream @ www.craigkohland.com
  5. Maha Mantra (feat Kayamani Devi & Steve Gorn), album: The Yoga Sessions: Hang with Angels by Masood Ali Kahn @ www.yogaorganix.com
  6. Guru, album: The Yoga Sessions - Dave Eggar Quartet - Mozart by Dave Eggar @ www.yogaorganix.com
  7. Mangalam (feat Steve Gorn), album: The Yoga Sessions: Go-Ray & Duke by Go-Ray & Duke @ www.yogaorganix.com
  8. Om Mani, album: Om Sweet Om by Lisbeth Scott @ www.lisbethscott.com
  9. Subtle Breath, album: Muladhara Yoga Dub by Desert Dwellers @ www.desertdwellers.org

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Level 1
60 min

Head to Toe: Back

Restorative | By Felicia Tomasko on Aug 03 2012
Part Two: Using two blocks and a strap, this practice is the second in the series from head to toe: here we focus on the center of the back--particularly that sticky space between the shoulder blades--and we do so with an eye toward being skillful. Yoga is skillfulness in action. This is one of the definitions of yoga given by Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. Applying skillfulness in action is a process and practice we need to attend to daily. In this class, we seek to do this through asana and the breath; sometimes we need to use our breath along with the practice to oil the hinges of the rib cage and smooth out the rough edges of the body's movements. In this sequence, we use a variety of positions to release tension in the shoulders, everything from standing to bridge with a block. At the end, we have the ability to be more skillful in the region of our midback and shoulders.

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Part Two: Using two blocks and a strap, this practice is the second in the series from head to toe: here we focus on the center of the back--particularly that sticky space between the shoulder blades--and we do so with an eye toward being skillful. Yoga is skillfulness in action. This is one of the definitions of yoga given by Krishna in the Bhagavad Gita. Applying skillfulness in action is a process and practice we need to attend to daily. In this class, we seek to do this through asana and the breath; sometimes we need to use our breath along with the practice to oil the hinges of the rib cage and smooth out the rough edges of the body's movements. In this sequence, we use a variety of positions to release tension in the shoulders, everything from standing to bridge with a block. At the end, we have the ability to be more skillful in the region of our midback and shoulders.

Comments

  • Jessie Hill     Apr 4th, 2014
    Felicia, this series is wonderful. I am recovering from a minor car accident, and have been frustrated to find my usual practice entirely unapproachable, due to stiffness and pain. This series is such a blessing, because with your ingenuity, I am able to get back into spots that were giving me "NO", and actually allow in some light and love. Can't wait to try the next one. Much Gratitude for sharing YOUR practice.
  • Sasha Agudelo     Sep 2nd, 2013
    This was a blessing!
  • Craig Holliday     Nov 10th, 2012
    thanks Felicia, you are the best!!!!!
  • Adriana Hoyos     Sep 28th, 2012
    Nice class!. Thank you, I feel great after practicing.
    Adriana
  • nicola t     Sep 13th, 2012
    mmmmmmmmmmm that was bliss. thanks :)
  • Kris Rollag     Aug 16th, 2012
    This was wonderful. I'll be doing again....tomorrow!
  • Dawn Galofski     Aug 11th, 2012
    I love, love, love your classes. Great for a home practice. This one was especially sweet!
  • Sharon Baridon     Aug 11th, 2012
    Thank you so much Felicia! All your classes are amazing....this one in particular. I echo Patricia's comment on the classical music during the heart opening. My heart is gentler and more expansion, I thank you. Reminded me why I love classical music....need to listen to it more often. Namaste.
  • Patricia Brune     Aug 8th, 2012
    Felicia, this is a marvelous practice that I'll incorporate over and over again. The Mozart piece during the heart opening over the blocks brought me to gentle tears. Loved that little bit of classical there, great idea. ♥
  • Amber Davis     Aug 5th, 2012
    My shoulder blades thank you!