Category: For Yoga Teachers

Modifications for Garudasana (eagle pose) in a larger body

If you are in a larger body, perhaps you’ve groaned with frustration when your yoga teacher announces that the next pose is garudasana (eagle pose). The wrapping and tucking thighs and arms just doesn’t happen for those of us with bigger thighs, arms, or chests! Here are 4 variations for the legs and 4 variations for the arms – see what feels best in your body and create your own eagle combination!

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Ideas for keeping students safe and preventing injury in yoga (asana) classes

I have been thinking deeply about injury in asana and also how to keep my own students safe. In this post, I’d like to talk about some ideas for asana teachers to mitigate risks and make their classes a safe, welcoming, low-pressure, judgment-free environment where people can be in their bodies, nourish their bodies, connect with their breath, and reduce suffering. Help me out with your own ideas!

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Modifications for child’s pose (balasana)

Child’s pose (balasana) is a posture in yoga that is often mentioned as a “resting pose” but for those of us in larger bodies, it can be anything but restful. Without enhancements or modifications to the pose, you can end up short of breath, with too much pressure in the face, or even a serious strain or injury to the neck. Let’s look at modifications for this pose.

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Sun Salutation modifications for plus size bodies

I’ve put together a short video that shows several modification options for sun salutations including: How to prevent your boobs from suffocating you, making more room in forward folds, getting your hands to the floor (or blocks), options for plank, lowering to the floor, and the backbend, down dog alternatives, and getting your foot forward into a lunge from downward facing dog

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