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

Easy and Hard Yoga Poses | Yoga Podcast

For this year’s summer series, Jason and I are focusing on “Building a Sustainable Yoga Practice.” Over the past year we’ve talked about injuries, fear of injuries, predatory teachers and we thought — LET’S FOCUS ON THE POSITIVE FOR PETE’S SAKE. Let’s empower ourselves to create a yoga practice that serves our needs.

For the first episode, Jason and I talk about which poses are taught as beginner or “easy” poses and are actually torturous for us to execute. And the inverse of that — which poses are thought to be advanced, but have always been pretty accessible to us because of body type. My hope is that this talk will help unravel that sense of competition (either with others or just with ourselves) that we all feel from time to time on the yoga mat. The truth is that certain poses that are easier and more difficult simply because of the body you’re born with.

That means that those awe-inspiring poses you see on Instagram may not be a reflection of skills and years of study, but rather just something that that person is able to do naturally.  Of course, that means the flip side is true too: You’re not a bad yogi if you can’t balance in Tree Pose to save your life.

If you’ve ever struggled with any pose (or with feeling bad about yourself because of that struggle), you don’t want to miss this one!

Poses we discuss:

* Vrksasana (Tree Pose)

* Garudasana (Eagle Pose)

* Hanumanasana (Monkey Pose)

* Seated Forward Bends

* Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Balance)

* Bakasana (Crane Pose)

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  1. Wow, you guys! I listened this morning to this one and as usual i was laughing so much at your cute little married chat and loving all your insights at the same time. Thank you!! Love all these podcasts so much but especially when we get to hear you both together as I’m always cracking up in the car! Big hugs xxxxx

    • Thanks so much, Rachael! We feel lucky to have each other. And glad we can help brighten up someone’s car time 🙂 Andrea

  2. Love love love your podcast. So much good conversation.

    Hey – me love me some Eagle – not because of the hips or even the arms – I’ve taught it with a ‘brick’ on the outside of the standing leg – then the flexed toe of the crossed leg stomps into the brick – then you go low low low and squeeze squeeze squeeze – add arms and more resistance upstairs to really open up accross the back of the shoulders, then swoop in (keep squeezing legs and bending knees as much as possbile) nose to knees (maybe snag a mouse) then come on up – one more squeeze – and fly everything apart. So the joy (for me) is in the release – all the blood rushing to the groin, legs, arms and heart. How can this not be fabulous?

    Full disclosure – even if I can’t do it/them, I unequivocally love all bird poses.

    • Thank you, Emily! That does sound like a lovely Eagle 🙂

  3. Thank you so much for your honesty. I have never heard a yoga instructor talk about having difficulty in poses before. After about a year of not having a physical practice, I have begun again. I decided to start with Jason’s 30-minute evening sequence because it is accessible to me with a little propping (except for Lizard Pose). I am really working toward having focused attention while I’m in the poses and not rushing through them. I fear that, as has happened in the past, I may become bored. I wonder, if you haven’t already covered it, if you could talk about how to keep an asana practice from becoming mindless exercise?


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