Extract Strength From Your Yoga Practice

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.

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Extract Strength From Your Yoga Practice

16 Videos

  • Strength Day 1

    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 cre...

  • Strength Day 2

    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 ...

  • Strength Day 3

    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 a...

  • Strength Day 4

    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 transitio...

  • Strength Day 5

    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 c...

  • Strength Day 6

    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 pu...

  • Strength Day 7

    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 ...

  • Strength Day 8

    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 ski...

  • Strength Day 9

    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’...

  • Strength Day 10

    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. Y...

  • Strength Day 11

    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 e...

  • Strength Day 12

    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...

  • Strength Day 13

    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 Virabhadrasa...

  • Strength Day 14

    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 he...

  • Day 15 Strength

    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 do...

  • Learn how to set up Shoulderstand posture

    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.

  • Maps and Musings: Practice Notes from David's journal

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