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Episode 119: Q&A -Jason’s Thoughts on “Creative” Sequencing & Finding Your Breath in Backbends

Jason is on the podcast this week to answer a few questions that came up about our Summer Series. (This is the long-lost bonus episode that we recorded this summer live during one of Jason’s teacher training modules but the file got corrupted.)

We address:

* His sequencing philosophy + the one biggest mistake he thinks yoga teachers make when planning their yoga class sequences (hint: it has to do with creating “creative yoga sequences”)

* How to help students find a slow, steady breath during vinyasa classes — including how to breathe for backbends like Urdhva Dhanurasana (Wheel Pose), Dhanurasana (Bow Pose), and dropping back into Urdhva Dhanurasana.

* Why consistency is such an important element for teaching and practicing yoga.

* Jason’s thoughts on finding an appropriate pace for vinyasa yoga classes.

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RECOMMENDED AND RELATED LINKS

Jason’s Yoga Sequencing Online Training

Pose Notebook: Urdhva Dhanurasana

Summer Series 2018: Andrea and Jason Share Their “Hard” and “Easy” Poses

Summer Series 2018: Poses We (Now) Love

Summer Series 2018: How to Avoid Common Yoga Injuries

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2 Comments

  1. Hi, I’m trying this again. I wrote my whole message and it disappeared. Not sure if it got sent or if I erased it somehow.

    Anyway, I’ll start again. Love the podcast!! I’ve been practicing for about 15 years, and just recently got my 200hr from Yogaworks here in Los Angeles, and have been listening for about 9 months.

    Where I’m sort of unique, though, is that I came to yoga late — at 39. I was never a dancer or gymnast, but have spent my whole life surfing. I dabbled in all kinds classes and styles for a while, but really fell into Ashtanga about 10 years ago. I never made the Mysore pilgrimage, but have been fortunate to have practiced with amazing authorized and certified Ashtanga teachers in Florida, Rio de Janeiro, and now Los Angeles.

    So my comment is about Jason’s comments on the breath in drop backs. First, know that it took me 6 months of assistance to be able to drop back by myself, then another 9 months to be able to stand up by myself (at 52, btw.)

    But one of the key components of finally being able to come up by myself was to INHALE when standing. For months i basically heaved my hips forward, pushed off with my hands and basically threw myself back up. But only after my teacher hammered in the inhale while standing was I able to come up with control.

    Anyway, just wanted to point that out, and I’m sure there will be some other Ashtanga zealots raising that.

    I have learned so much by listening to Jason’s suggestions on teaching and have taken many of them directly to my own classes.

    I focus primarily on older dudes like me, who I think need yoga more than anyone else. Throughout my practice, I kept hearing from men that they’ve been to one or two classes with their wives or girlfriends, but get totally intimidated by all the flexible young women doing poses they’ll never be able to do. They never go back.

    So I’ve been doing quite a few men’s only classes, and it’s really great. The guys can let their guards down, and put their egos away for a bit, and grunt and pass gas, and have fun.

    Anyway, thanks so much for the podcast. It’s really great and helpful and well done.

    Namaste,
    Sean

    1. Hi Sean! Thank you so much for this thoughtful comment! It sounds like you are doing great work out there. I love hearing from people — thanks again. Andrea

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