Kula Flow: Old School Twists and Core

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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...
(suggested props: two blocks, two blankets and a strap)

Before the explosion of the modern fitness industry and the creation of a thousand hip, trendy ways to "shred your core," yogis had a few really challenging abdominal exercises, including variations of navasana (boat pose), jathara parivartanasana (abdominal twisting pose), and urdhva prasarita padasana (leg raise pose). In class today, we look at the standing and inverted poses that prepare the body for these abdominal poses, and then give them all a try towards the end of practice.

(Int/Adv) Kula Flow is vinyasa (or flow) style yoga with an emphasis on creativity and alignment. Classes are inventive and thoughtful sequences of sun salutations, standing & seated postures, back bending, and inversions —guided by a steady breath to tone and calm the mind. Most teachers also use bandha work to open and strengthen the inner body. (Classes differ in tone and vigor depending on the teacher, so if you have special needs/interests please contact [email protected]) For students with a regular yoga practice.