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Marla Apt

Iyengar

Marla Apt

Iyengar

Based in Los Angeles, Marla Apt is a Senior level Iyengar Yoga teacher who was highlighted by Yoga Journal magazine as one of twenty-one young yoga teachers helping to shape the future of yoga. She has been involved with medical research studies at UCLA on yoga for depression, anxiety and IBS, and created the first yoga therapy content to be incorporated into the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine's curriculum. She is a writer/contributor for Yoga Journal and Yoga International magazines.

Marla visited India for the first time while doing research for a degree in Buddhist Philosophy and has since returned numerous times for yoga studies including a year of study in Pune, India with B.K.S. Iyengar, his daughter, Geeta Iyengar and son, Prashant Iyengar. She continues to study annually with the Iyengars in India.

She is on the faculty of the three-year Teacher Training Program of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Southern California. Marla served as the President of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States and is a member of the national certification committee. She was honored in 2013 by the Iyengar Yoga Association of Southern California with the Manouso Manos Leadership award. She is pursuing her interest in making the healing benefits of yoga available to communities in need as founding board member of the non-profit organization, Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics. She leads workshops and trainings throughout the U.S. and abroad.

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The many benefits of sarvangasana can be experienced as the pose is held for a longer duration. With the support of a chair, you can increase the length of time practicing your shoulderstand. Enjoy the many qualities of sarvangasana, along with its different variations on the chair, to help to teach the actions of the pose, as well as to create opening in your chest and pelvis. Props Needed: A chair and three blankets.
Practice Focus: Inversions
2 15 Marla Apt
Your body responds to the cold of winter by contracting in specific parts of the body in order to keep warm. Let your body thaw and unravel the tension that may have accumulated in your shoulders, chest and groins, as well as your back and wrists. Spring into a body warming sequence that begins with twists and seated forward bends, moving onto standing balance postures, inversions and chair work. Props Needed: Three blankets, a block, a strap, a chair and wall space.
Practice Focus: Seasonal
2 60 Marla Apt
Explore the movement of your shoulders and cultivate strength and stability in your upper back as you learn to safely practice inverted arm balancing in adho mukha vrksasana (handstand) and pincha mayurasana (elbow balance). Practice shoulder opening in gomukhasana and arm movements without weight bearing before attempting half and then full handstand at the wall. Sirsasana (headstand) is also taught to help prepare for the actions of elbow balance. Savasana on your own. Props Needed: A block and wall space.
Practice Focus: Inversions
2 45 Marla Apt

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