Kula Basics: Chaturanga and Backward Extension

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Kevin Bigger

e-ryt 500 yoga teacher and teacher trainer based in brooklyn, ny.  i started practicing yoga up in boston in my late teens, immediately after a period of massive (less than healthy) weight loss, and just before...
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Chaturanga Dandasana (four-limbed staff pose) is the name given in yoga to the bottom of a push-up. It's an extremely difficult shape to master, but comes up in almost all vinyasa yoga classes, as it is a key part of sun salutation sequences. In class today, we take the time to break it all down and build it back up. In the process, we learn how the actions of chaturanga will also prepare us for backward extension of the spine.

(Basic/Int) Get in the Kula Flow! Kula style yoga is a deep, challenging practice that will make you stronger and more flexible on the outside and softer (and more flexible) on the inside. You are never too tight, too tall or too weak to begin. (There’s nothing we can do if you’re too much of a procrastinator to get here.) Open to beginners as well as those wanting a slower paced vinyasa class or those who wish to reconnect with the fundamentals of alignment and flow style yoga. Though we like to emphasize that these are not so much yoga basics classes (there are plenty of those around the city), as basic Kula style classes.