It’s Arm Balance October! Level Up Arm Balances! All month in my seminar-style class we’ll work on arm balances, progressing weekly to more difficult poses at the end of the month. Fridays 230-330 @Asheville Community Yoga. There will be homework. Week 1: Crow pose Week 2: Crow and side crow Week 3: the Koundinyasana poses…

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Trikonasana Three Ways

Video: Trikonasna three ways: from standing; from Warrior II; and from lunge. Watch my lower hand as it gets lower with each variation into the pose. My new favorite is from a lunge working upwards, it seems to get the deepest stretch. Trikonasana Three Ways from Michael Palermo on Vimeo.

One of those *great* days in yoga class

Here’s all the new things I did/learned in just one 90 minute class today: •  Caught the bind (left side only, but it counts) in bound high lunge twist; •  Koundinyasana I *into* Koundinyasana II (right?) to chaturanga; •  “Fallen angel” pose (yeah, me neither); •  New arm position in urdvha dhanurasana that rocked. This doesn’t…

Find The Peace in Tree Pose

So my new favorite pose is Tree Pose (Vrksasana).  When done with a goal of relaxing and settling down into the pose, I find that I can hang our here for minutes at a time, letting my body settle peacefully toward the Earth. Picture how a tree rests: it doesn’t have stress on all of…

Take Time Off to Improve Your Yoga? Huh?

Just got back from two weeks hiking, camping and eating.  Only took one yoga class near the end of the two weeks. Interesting phenomenon when I got back and into my first class:  a lot of asanas that had been giving me trouble – notably urdvha dhanurasana – were totally easy! I’m not saying it’s…

Part III: Yoga for Swimmers – Twists

This third set of yoga poses for swimmers focuses on opening the spine, torso and ribcage from the mid to upper back, to achieve greater rotation mid-stroke.  The twist starts in the mid back, not the lower lumbar or hips.  Keep the spine straight – head extended, chin in neutral position.  In the seated poses, keep…

Aging and the Yoga Practice

I took a weekend seminar with Ashtanga master Tim Miller a few months back.  Not sure of his age, but he’s probably somewhere in his mid-60’s.  The man can still do a forward fold into a handstand.   Me, I can hardly do a handstand at the wall.  I digress. As I get older, I…

Yoga for Swimmers – Introduction

A few years back I would swim for my main exercise, swimming 3000+ yds. three times weekly.  I wasn’t doing regular yoga at the time.  However, toward the end of my swimming days, I added yoga to my fitness program and almost immediately discovered how it improved my flexibility for swimming, especially in my shoulder…

This Cat’s Got Your Back

All this talk about cat/cow at the beginning of class, right?  Spine position and movement are integral parts of yoga.  Thing is, cat/cow back (and neutral spine) keep following us all through class, even though we may not call it that. The back position of every pose can be described as some variation of either…

“Bring Your Attention To …”

So what does it mean when the yoga teacher says, “bring your attention to …” a part of your body? Do this: hold your hand out over your lap, palm down. Make a loose fist but keep your index finger pointing straight.  Bend your index finger, and then straighten it out.  There, you just “brought…