Kula Basics: Shoulder Integration and Arm Binds

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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 and a strap)

Living a life as a human tends to create tension in the chest and upper back, leaving our poor shoulders dropped, hunched, or otherwise rounded forward in space. The arms, however, are meant to associate themselves with the back of the body, not the front. In class today, we look at how to take the shoulders off the chest, and explore some arm binds as a way to challenge the integration of our upper back musculature.

(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.