While the perfection of complicated yoga postures is admirable, the practical goal of hatha yoga is to grow toward a steady and easy posture in daily life. I have determined that rather than teaching asanas to people, it is far more productive to teach people how to approach each posture to the limits of their ability while maintaining the integrity of the torso and particularly, the spine. In my classes, traditional yoga postures are examined to gain a better understanding of the mechanics of movement. When appropriate, the student is encouraged to move beyond limitations with integrity and without fear of injury. Bodywork techniques are frequently applied in partnered or teacher-assisted work to accelerate ease and familiarity in the asanas. I “nudge” the body in the right direction while assigning responsibility for the outcome to the individual.

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