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Level 2
90 min

Integrating Every Day Life into Your Yoga

Anusara | By Marc Holzman on Feb 24 2010
My Life is My Practice. Exploring how to integrate our everyday lives into our yoga practice. And Vice Versa. Standing poses and shoulder openers sequenced to prepare for a press-up handstand. A few back bends and a longer cool down.


My Life is My Practice. Exploring how to integrate our everyday lives into our yoga practice. And Vice Versa. Standing poses and shoulder openers sequenced to prepare for a press-up handstand. A few back bends and a longer cool down.


  • Rachel Stevens     May 31st, 2014
    I realize this class was filmed over four years ago, but I just wanted to say thank you for the one liner. I haven't had a class speak to me and my life outside of yoga in a long time and this was a much needed reminder.

    I was also wondering if you could give me a bit more insight into tripod handstand? Even though I can hold regular handstand for a while without much strain on my neck or top of the head, I can not figure out how to do tripod without feeling like the top of my head is smashing into the floor and neck is getting crunched. Do you have any suggestions?

    Thank you again Marc.
  • Maurey Lancaster     Mar 16th, 2013
    Wonderful practice and words to live by x
    • Marc Holzman     Mar 16th, 2013
      maurey thanks for watching/practicing ... and for commenting.
  • Rafael Kr     Jan 26th, 2013
    Great practice
    • Marc Holzman     Mar 16th, 2013
      thanks rafael.
  • Angela Perelli     Dec 24th, 2011
    Marc -- Thanks for helping ground me on Christmas Eve!! I have missed your energy and class. Angela Perelli (formerly LA, now Toronto)
    • Marc Holzman     Mar 16th, 2013
      it's a year since i grounded you ... but better late than never :-)
  • kirsty norton     Sep 20th, 2011
    Such a jolly teacher with a wonderful teaching approach, great to find you on here
    • Marc Holzman     Mar 16th, 2013
      thank you kirsty!
  • Marc Holzman     Feb 22nd, 2011
    hey nick. you are the envy of most yogis in some respect ... i wish i had hyper-mobile shoulders.
    but you need to really work on specific muscle energy to gain stability. in every asana (or in life) you must keep the heads of the arm bones back (front of shoulders) and keep the shoulders blades stabilized onto your back. that means strengthening your traps and rhomboids. i would work with holding plank and lowering to chattarunga and back up to plank (almost like pushups) while keeping the shoulder blades magnetized on the back. if you are hyper mobile you run the risk of the shoulder blades winging out and this can cause problems.
    when you are doing downdog ... remember to keep the armpits lifting high to the sky ... people with hyper mobile shoulders tend push their heads, heart and armpits to the floor. heads of arm bones lifting .... always to the back plane of the body.
    you have to use willpower to resist the temptation to go with the hypermobility. this may mean backing off "going deeper" and work more mindfully with lots of engagement.
    i hope this helps a little. you can go to any anatomy site, check out where the traps and rhomboids are, and find some exercises to strengthen them.
    bonne chance! and thank you for writing.
  • Elizabeth Scanlan     Feb 22nd, 2011
    Hey Man! My names Nick. I loved the practice and have a quick question. I have unstable and hypermobile shoulders and am 20 years old. I've been a swimmer my whole life and during practices I struggle with stabilizing my shoulders. Any suggestions?
  • Melissa Callahan     Dec 9th, 2010
    Thank you!! To be reminded of the way my practice reflexs all that is happening in my life and to be reasrued they are one in the same. I actually got up to a pressed wide legged HS w/blocks all alone. I fueled the kidneys and softened the heart and up I went. Gracias
  • Joel Benjamin     Nov 7th, 2010
    Beautiful practice, Marc. I just came across your classes on yogaglo. I look forward to exploring more of them, brother.
    Joel B.
  • Marc Holzman     Apr 7th, 2010
    thank you both for your kind words! marc
  • Julie Brooks     Feb 28th, 2010
    A great class. Partner poses are challenging for the yogaglo yogi, all alone, but it was very insightful (and entertaining) to watch the yogis assisting each other in handstands, especially Rachel. Loved the use of the strap with the back bends.
  • Rachelle Girardin     Feb 27th, 2010
    That was one of the most powerful classes I have been blessed to be a part of.

    When I teach I really work on the aspect of intergration; of bringing our outside in and vise versa and Mark, you just solidified why I do this. Thanks so much Seane Corn for being the first person to draw this integration into my life and to you, Mark for making it that much more powerful! Love and Light, Rachelle