Extract Strength From Your Yoga Practice

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I made this course partly because I know from experience that devoting yourself to getting stronger in your practice is extremely difficult to do-especially when you attempt to develop strength over an extended period of time. Extracting strength is a matter of learning to sleuth out, contemplate, detect and extract strengthening possibilities from your efforts in practice.

I will take you through 15 intensive sessions (of approximately 20-35 minutes each) of rigorous, fun and original exercises that are not only designed to help you build strength and stamina but also to help you THINK more effectively and creatively about how to use the foundations of your practice to get stronger. I created most of these exercises by working in different ways with postures and transitions in the primary and intermediate series of Ashtanga yoga. Thus by working with the material you will build strength and increase your knowledge of ashtanga yoga. Additionally these exercises offer an extensive body of supplemental ways to approach strength so that by the end of the course if you so desire you’ll have the tools to build your own (mini or maxi) strength routines where you combine the exercises and make up your own sequences.

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Extract Strength From Your Yoga Practice

I made this course partly because I know from experience that devoting yourself to getting stronger in your practice is extremely difficult to do-especially when you attempt to develop strength over an extended period of time. Extracting strength is a matter of learning to sleuth out, contemplate, detect and extract strengthening possibilities from your efforts in practice.

I will take you through 15 intensive sessions (of approximately 20-35 minutes each) of rigorous, fun and original exercises that are not only designed to help you build strength and stamina but also to help you THINK more effectively and creatively about how to use the foundations of your practice to get stronger. I created most of these exercises by working in different ways with postures and transitions in the primary and intermediate series of Ashtanga yoga. Thus by working with the material you will build strength and increase your knowledge of ashtanga yoga. Additionally these exercises offer an extensive body of supplemental ways to approach strength so that by the end of the course if you so desire you’ll have the tools to build your own (mini or maxi) strength routines where you combine the exercises and make up your own sequences.

16 Videos

  • Strength Day 1

    29m · Downloadable

  • Strength Day 2

    30m · Downloadable

  • Strength Day 3

    23m · Downloadable

  • Strength Day 4

    32m · Downloadable

  • Strength Day 5

    27m · Downloadable

  • Strength Day 6

    20m · Downloadable

  • Strength Day 7

    33m · Downloadable

  • Strength Day 8

    29m · Downloadable

  • Strength Day 9

    26m · Downloadable

  • Strength Day 10

    30m · Downloadable

  • Strength Day 11

    25m · Downloadable

  • Strength Day 12

    24m · Downloadable

  • Strength Day 13

    25m · Downloadable

  • Strength Day 14

    20m · Downloadable

  • Day 15 Strength

    20m · Downloadable

  • Learn how to set up Shoulderstand posture

    5m 19s · Downloadable

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  1. Strength Day 1

    29m · Downloadable

    In this video you’ll study several foundational postures aiming to better understand how to direct your efforts towards finding each posture’s particular strength sweet spot. You’ll explore Samasthiti (Equal Standing Pose) and work with raising your arms overhead against resistance that you create by imagining the surrounding atmosphere is thicker than air. You’ll experiment with exercises that help you look with the eyes of a strength connoisseu...

  2. Strength Day 2

    30m · Downloadable

    This session begins with you learning how to use your basic knowledge of Samasthiti (Equal Standing Pose) to gain strength in handstand. Experiencing the similarities between these two seemingly unlike positions can help you maximize your ability to efficiently and safely extract strength from all upside down positions. You’ll play with gaining strength through adding variations (such as lifting one leg, bringing thigh to chest, kicking one leg ...

  3. Strength Day 3

    23m · Downloadable

    This day features dynamic “looping” of exercises, a process of linking together single exercises by connecting them with transitions so that you can flow from one strength move to another without interruption. One loop involves doing Plank with1 arm alternating with Downward Dog and Handstand at wall. And another loop has Caturanga Dandasana (Four Limbed Staff Pose), Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose) and the jumping transitions bet...

  4. Strength Day 4

    32m · Downloadable

    In this session you’ll learn a dynamic strengthening loop exercise that teaches you how to skillfully enter and exit Handstand. And then most of the session is devoted to working to gain strength in various back bending positions. You’ll begin by learning to extract strength from the transition between Caturanga Dandasana (Four Limb Staff Pose) into Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog Pose). You also explore how to skill and gain strength...

  5. Strength Day 5

    27m · Downloadable

    Day 5 begins with an exercise that will test your endurance and stamina in Handstand. You’ll go into the position at the wall and stay up for quite some time while performing the following 3 variations Vrkshasana (Tree Pose) Ardha Padmasana (Half Lotus Pose) and Padmasana (Full Lotus Pose)-you can come down when tired and go back again. You’ll play with a variation on Plank the classic strength pose turning to the side working with set up for an...

  6. Strength Day 6

    20m · Downloadable

    This segment is devoted working with Surya Namaskara A and B in several different ways—all with the objective of learning to extract strength from the postures that you use to begin your practice each day. In Surya A you’ll experiment with creating a tempo that brings maximum flow and builds purifying heat. In Surya Namaskara B you’ll learn optimize your work in Utkatasana (Fierce Posture) working with synchronizing squatting and coming up with...

  7. Strength Day 7

    33m · Downloadable

    In session 7 you’ll do a standing forward bend exercise that shows the value of maintaining centered place of physical and psychic non action and a facial demeanor of receptivity in contrast to asserting your will and applying physical force in your efforts. You will work with another forward bending exercise that teaches you how to gain strength by differentiating the grounding work of your legs from the elongating actions of your spinal column...

  8. Strength Day 8

    29m · Downloadable

    Day 8 begins with an exercise that shows you how to gain strength by creating a dynamic transition between Samasthiti (Equal Standing) and other standing postures. You’ll also work with 2 different looping exercises that will improve your strength, test your powers of concentration and bring skill in balance. The first loop consists of standing postures Uttitha Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose), Ardha Candrasaana (Half Moon Pose), Parivrtta A...

  9. Strength Day 9

    26m · Downloadable

    This day provides an in depth exploration of the jump through and jump back transitions that are used between seated postures in the ashtanga yoga sequences. You’ll discover the best ways for virtually anyone to enter to fruitful study of these these challenging and rewarding transitions. You’ll get tips on how to gain strength by learning to ‘float’ the end part of the jump through move so that you hover above the ground in Dandasana (Staff Pos...

  10. Strength Day 10

    30m · Downloadable

    Timing your inversions is an excellent way to build strength. In this session you’ll get out your timer and work with measuring your stay in Sirsasana (Head Balance) and Sarvangasana (Shouldersstand). David leads you through 10 minutes of each Head Balance and Shoulderstand with variations. You’ll learn about how to build stamina and strength in order to do longer inversion and also you’ll learn a list of safety guidelines so that you will know...

  11. Strength Day 11

    25m · Downloadable

    Get ready because Day 11 is a strength doozy! The session begins with a reminder that the best way to extract strength from your postures is to continually return to positioning your body along the central axis just like you do in Samasthiti (Equal Standing). You’ll then move into a looping exercise involving Downward Dog, Plank, and Chaturanga Dandasana (Four Limb Staff Pose). This challenging exercise provides you with an example of working ...

  12. Strength Day 12

    24m · Downloadable

    In this fun and challenging session David takes you through a vigorous a set of back bending exercises that will work your whole body—especially the back body including backs of thighs, buttocks, spinal muscles and backs of arms.. This session gives you a good taste of the meditative focus that can arrive when you become absorbed in strength work. You learn to cultivate a sense of peace through inward absorption because not despite the fact tha...

  13. Strength Day 13

    25m · Downloadable

    This is power packed session where you’ll become absorbed in the glorious struggle of doing arm balances! The day also includes a difficult Samasthiti (Basic Standing) exercise where you alternate between standing Uttitha Hasta Padangusthasana (Extended Hand to Big Toe Posture) and Virabhadrasana III (Warrior Pose). Mainly you’ll be introduced to a rarely taught arm balance learning progression. You’ll study how Bakasana (Crane Posture) can le...

  14. Strength Day 14

    20m · Downloadable

    This day is devoted to gaining strength by developing your bandha (Energetic Lock) technique. Learning to understand what bandhas are and how to apply them in your practice is a unique way to gain strength, unlike any other technique or practice that you will ever encounter. This class will help you to see that using bandhas in your practice is not only effective and enjoyable but also naturally leads you into experiences of internal states of m...

  15. Day 15 Strength

    20m · Downloadable

    The final class of this course takes you through a 20 minute action packed routine consisting of 5 strength exercises. The exercises include an absorbing balance testing version of Samasthiti standing on blocks facing the wall, coming up in Handstand at the wall with your hands on blocks and doing variations, working on the dynamic, challenging transition from Arm Pressure Pose back to Crane Pose, and doing Head Balance with a spinal rotation. T...

  16. Learn how to set up Shoulderstand posture

    5m 19s · Downloadable

    This video teaches you how to set up the shoulderstand position with blankets. By using blankets or pads you are able to stay longer in Sarvangasana and therefore maximize the strength potential this beautiful posture has to offer.

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