Episode 128: Live from Maui! The Benefits of Retreat + Refining Ujjayi + Making Progress in Backbends

This is the sixth year Jason led his week-long, healing yoga retreat on Maui, but the first year we did a live Yogaland podcast! We did not humble brag about the beautiful setting, the food, the roosters, or the camaraderie of the students — we just full on brag bragged. But we also answered student questions, which happened to mainly focus on backbending.

Here’s an overview:

* We talk about the benefits of immersing yourself in yoga on retreat and how Jason thinks of healing yoga retreats as mini trainings

* Jason shares his approach to teaching Ujjayi breathing, and why he believes that fast, vinyasa flow classes have the potential to undermine the benefits of the practice

* We discuss how to tell the difference between structural limitations and non-structural, changeable limitations in backbends

* Tips on how to progress to more advanced backbends after you’ve mastered Urdhva Dhanurasana (Wheel Pose or Upward-Facing Bow Pose)

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  1. Hi Andrea, Did you say you were going to post a pic of the propped version of viparita dandasana in the show notes? I am not seeing that if you did…would love to see what that looks like. thanks!

  2. Yes, ditto what Jill said above :).


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