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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Enlighten Your Arms Workshop Round Up Notes

One arm plank variation

I typically schedule workshops months before I give them. To keep my teaching authentic I only teach what I practice. For this reason my practice and lessons have been upper body specific for the past few months to prep my mind and body for my upcoming workshop Enlighten Your Arms @ www.bamboomovesyogoa.com in Englewood, NJ  Sat.  May 3rd  at 4 pm.

Since I'm experiencing there is so much to offer regarding this workshop plus it is coming soon, I've rounded up photos from my archive to help me edit what I do and don't need to teach. I will admit that although I loosely plan my workshops out, I always veer away from the plan. Mostly because you never know about the day's mood, student's special needs that need to be attended to or how many questions and answers will come up. What I have noticed from teaching workshops is that it is a good idea to come back to the original plan so you can deliver what your students came for.

Eagle arms

Crow pose

Arm and shoulder opener

Table top pose

Prayer variation

Side crow

1/2 Bind shoulder opener

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Pinterest Spring Fashion Inspiration

While looking for Spring fashion inspiration I recently saw an image on Pinterest Street Style that I couldn't forget. It was of a woman wearing a combination of mint green, leopard print and chunky silver jewelry. Here's my version of this combination that I wore during a yoga teaching day.

What I love about Pinterest is that it gives you tons of ideas rather than focuses on selling you unrealistic styles and products like a magazine can do. Pinning has been encouraging me to be more creative with what I already have as real people are pinning everyday stylish street wear images. I'm also noticing I'm shopping more mindfully than ever. I'm only buying a few key items each season. The idea of using what you have and hoarding less is one of the many sentiments that started me writing Glamorous Yogini 4 years ago. I hope to see, share and create with you on Pinterest!

I'm in a one arm plank/vasisthasana pose variation that I like to call a blossoming one arm plank

I'm wearing-

Jeggings  www.hue.com bought last year
T shirt www.zara.com last summer
Booties www.ninewest.com 
Bangle www.lailarowe.com 
Chunky chain necklace www.urbanoutfitters.com last fall
Bag, gifted from India
Shades www.forever21.com old
Scarf www.oldnavy.com old

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Video Choreography: Shifting a Posture into Your Current Focus

Spring's season of rising energy has been having me looking down for signs of spring flowering. Fortunately there has been a shift away from winter's cold and little flowers are now showing themselves hugging the earth. While scrolling through friend's pictures last week on Instagram, I came across a picture of someone doing the pose above. This posture is called "Poet's Pose." I find it to be sweet how this posture has you reverently look down and notice Mother Earth. 

Experimenting with this pose, I found ways to link it to my current practice of standing on your hands. Here are two mini clips of my recent choreography. I'm finding making short videos of your practice fine tunes your craft and gets you even more creative. If you're on Instagram you can find me @AllisonEganDatwani, Facebook as Allison Egan Datwani and Twitter @DatwaniEgan 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Selling Arm Balances to Your Students

Arm balances are musing me these days. Mostly because I'm looking to get my winter arms stronger and find inner balance as my life and children's schedules are getting busier as the sun is getting stronger. Teaching arm balances to your students can sometimes be overwhelming for you the teacher and for most students to digest. That is why when I teach them I offer what I call a soft sell. I share in between teaching the physical how to of a pose, the many benefits it can offer.

If you're lost for words here are some arm balancing facts that everyone wants:

To balance is to sit in between movement and stillness. This enables you to fully experience the present moment.

Arm balances weight bearing action activates and strengthens the arms, legs and core body.

Practicing balances helps us to realize a balanced body creates a steadier mind.

Overtime practicing balances will positively bring balance and focus to your everyday life.