Have you ever wanted to take a little more time to explore a bound Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle)? Or wanted more time in class to challenge yourself even further with bound poses like Baddha Padmasana (Bound Lotus Pose) or Eka Pada Raj Kapotasana (King Pigeon Pose)?
Join me on Saturday, March 1st from 5:00-7:00pm at TSA to break down the fundamentals of binding and to help you learn how to safely explore different bound poses. Adding binds to your yoga practice can be a great way to deepen your practice and explore your edge. They can add challenge and creativity to your practice, whether you’re working with an arm bind in extended side angle or a deep twisting bind such as Marichyasana C.
In bound poses, the yoga sutra “Sthira-sukham asanam,” which can be translated as “the connection to the earth should be steady and joyful” or as practicing physical asanas with a mix of steadiness and ease, becomes particularly important. Forcing binds can easily lead to injury, yet they must still be approached actively with intention. Bound poses require concentration, strength, and flexibility. They also require taking the time to really listen to your body, honoring any injuries.
On Saturday, we’ll start with a quick discussion of anatomy focusing on the shoulders, hips, and knees which can be most easily injured and play with different types of bound poses to see what is most appropriate for your body. From there, we’ll work through a 90 minute vinyasa flow where we’ll practice and break down bound poses you can add into your practice and some more challenging poses like Revolved Bird of Paradise.
You can sign-up in advance online here. We hope to see you there!