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Āsana Lab

One of the most common questions I am asked from yoga practitioners and yoga teacher trainees is “what is the right way to do this posture?”

The answer to that question isn’t that simple, it depends….

How I teach a posture, and how I practice a posture is dependent on a number of factors. Who is the person? What is the reason for practising this posture? etc. While there are some ways of practising postures that are more common than others, it’s useful to keep in mind the person and the purpose, and change things up to suit.

One of the most valuable lessons I have learnt from my teachers is:

“Rather than asking what is right and what is wrong, ask what is more useful.”

You can change your experience and the benefit of each posture by changing the way you move in and out of the posture, how you breathe, the variation you might choose, whether you stay in the posture, or whether you practice it dynamically.

When you approach your āsana practice this way, you come to understand that it doesn’t have to be complicated or fussy, even the simplest of practices can be quite profound.

My āsana lab contains instructions on practising foundation postures and how to adapt those postures to suit different bodies and abilities.

It’s not what it looks like on the outside, it’s how it feels on the inside that is important.

My library of poses is gradually building, please keep your eye out for more, and feel free to let me know if there is a posture you’d like to learn about.

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