Open-faced Piggyback

Ever feel like all of the effort you spend on your posture goes down the drain by the end of the week? And sometimes it takes less than a week? Grab a friend, partner, co-worker, and try this heart opener to un-hunch your back. Begin standing back to back. Person 1 bends the knees and […]

Playful Scorpion

The forearm stand -Pincha Mayurasana- is a wonderful alternative inversion for the handstands, which can be a lot of pressure on the wrists. However, the forearm stand can be very challenging. There are many ways to build the shoulder strength to help hold the inversion, and also the lengthening and openness (think Gomukasana – Cow […]

Active Rest

This post is for instrumentalists or anyone with sensitive wrists who are looking for ways to build strength without compromising suppleness and fluidity of the hands/wrists and arms/shoulders. Balasana – Child’s Pose – is typically considered a restorative pose. But with a simple hand variation, this became the place where I began to find elongation […]

Side Plank, Thank You Very Much

Vasisthasana – Side Plank Let’s face it. Any arm balance, both hands or one-handed, can be stressful on the wrists. Before I learned how to mindfully (over time) build strength in my tender musician’s wrists, I omitted many poses for the sake of my hands. I loved Vasisthasana, and did not want to miss out. […]

Full wheel resistance

Sometimes, you just don’t want to go all the way up into full wheel (otherwise known in Sanskrit as “urdhva dhanurasana”), and you also don’t want to hang out in a bridge pose anymore. It’s towards the end of an intense class, and you want a peak pose to burst your heart open before winding […]