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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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Practice addressing the various elements of chaturanga dandasana in a simple way. Learn in detail about the arm and shoulder work, abdominal actions, leg work and upper back involvement, step by step. Open your shoulder joints first with gomukhasana arms, then begin to build stability and awareness with staff pose instruction. Use props to access different aspects of this pose and to modify for individual needs, and then put it all together. Props Needed: Two blocks.
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This sequence of forward bends gradually prepares your hips, spine, and shoulders for the intensity of compact asanas like malasana and kurmasana. Begin with supine hamstring stretches, and continue with garudasana and marichyasana I. Learn the various stages of malasana from the beginning of squatting to the more challenging actions of garlanding oneself with the arms for your full expression of tortoise pose. Approach these poses with a greater sense of alignment and ease. Props Needed: Three blankets and a strap.
2 90 Marla Apt
A well rounded sequence of forward, side and back bending. Strengthening your muscles with contraction and stretching bound muscles with extension, these asanas help bring more ease and mobility to your lower back. Specific asanas include a seated wide leg forward fold, janu sirsasana and a juicy supported backbend with the help of your chair. Walk away feeling more freedom and space in your low back and side body. Props Needed: Two blocks, a blanket and a chair.
Practice Focus: Lower Back
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