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Marla Apt

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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When your body is ready for it, urdhva mukha paschimottanasana can feel like you're giving yourself a deep hug. Prepare your back, legs and neck to surrender into the embrace of upward-facing intense west stretch with a sequence that includes standing forward bends, seated forward folds and inversions. Begin in adho mukha virasana and move through asanas that include padangusthasana, salamba sarvangasana and halasana, to prepare you for urdhva mukha paschimottanasana. Props Needed: Three blankets and a strap.
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When you are stable in your sirsasana (headstand) practice, you can start learning its many leg variations. These variations help prepare your body for backbends and forward bends, as they energize and lengthen your spine. Be ready to invert (this class is practiced entirely in headstand), and move through a detail-rich sequence focused on eka pada and parivrtta eka pada sirsasana, with emphasis on precision and alignment
Practice Focus: Inversions
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Virasana works on the flexibility of your hips, knees and ankles, which effects your abdomen, pelvis and lower back, as well as your digestion. In this grounding sequence, explore virasana, or hero's pose, taking a journey into variations, focusing on detailed body alignment cues. Practice includes vajrasana, adho mukha savasana and jnana mudra. Dedicate time to yourself to tune inward and discover an improved way to access this posture. Props Suggested: A bolster.
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