Semi-Private Backbend Series with Angela Kukhahn at Yogaworks Southbay

Angela Kukhahn in King Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) Photo by Jasper Johal

 

Hi Yogis!

For the month of September I will be doing a semi-private backbend series. The mini-workshops will take place at Yogaworks, El Segundo, CA every Sunday in September from 10-11am. If you have ever wanted to deepen your backbends, but didn’t know where to start, this series is for you! 

Benefits of Backbends:

Get Rid of Back Pain

Improve Breathing

Strengthen Legs

Increase Flexibility of Spine

Relieve Anxiety and Stress

Compress and Detox Kidneys, Liver and Adrenals

Alleviate Depression

Increase Feelings Of Hope, Happiness and Courage

Hope to see you there! 

 

 

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New Yoga Video: Big Beautiful Backbends With Briohny Smyth

Love Briohny Smyth?

Good.

Me too!

I thought I’d share yet another beautifully made and meticulously produced video of her by Equinox Fitness.

I think is pretty inspiring, and hope it gives you another reason to unroll your mat today and dive into your yoga practice!

What’s cool about this one is you get to hear her voice as she lays down some yoga wisdom on backbending. I personally love backbending and love to inspire my students to pursue the bigger backbends with enthusiasim snd a healthy dose of caution and patience.

“Heart of a Warrior” Backbending Workshop August 13th with Angela Kukhahn

Heart of a Warrior: How to Backbend with Strength and Grace

Angela Kukhahn in King Pigeon pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) photo by Jasper Joha

August 13th, 2011
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
$35 (Online Price)
Register
In this workshop we will unlock the secrets of the spine so that your backbends blossom with strength and grace. We will explore the relationship between the pelvis and the ribcage to fully understand how you can achieve a deep, healthy and beautiful backbend! Come with an open heart, a willingness to sweat and the knowledge that you too can find joy in backbends! For beginners to advanced students alike, this workshop will deepen your understanding of backbends and encourage growth throughout your yoga practice!

“Heart of a Warrior” 2 Backbending Workshops With Angela Kukhahn

Angela Kukhahn in backbend

Heart of a Warrior: How to Backbend with Strength and Grace

In this workshop we will unlock the secrets of the spine so that your backbends blossom with strength and grace. We will explore the relationship between the pelvis and the ribcage to fully understand how you can achieve a deep, healthy and beautiful backbend! Come with an open heart, a willingness to sweat and the knowledge that you too can find joy in backbends! For beginners to advanced students alike, this workshop will deepen your understanding of backbends and encourage growth throughout your yoga practice!

Time: Sunday October 3rd 12:00pm-3:00pm

Price: $25 for Sunday or pay $40 and come on Sat for Andrew Wilkinson and Brian Aganad’s Arm Balancing & Inversion workshop!

This workshop will be held at Yoga Belly studio in Mountain View, CA

Location & Map Info

Don’t live in the Northern California?

Join me at The LA Sports Club (Sepulveda location) Sunday, November 14th from 2-4pm!

Everyone is welcome to come as this will be a promotional workshop which means FREE for you! Tell your friends and come for some backbending fun!

Please join me or pass the info along to someone you know by retweeting or Facebooking this info below! Thanks and Namaste! Angela

Advanced Yoga Backbend Transition Video with Angela Kukhahn

Here is a video of me practicing an advanced yoga backbend in Krista Cahill’s class at Yogis Anonymous. Below is a yoga sequence that leads to the backbend in this video.

You should always warm up with some backbends and chest openers first such as…

1. Forward Fold “Uttanasna” with Hands interlaced behind your back (hold 5 breaths and then switch the interlacing and hold for another 5)

2. Cobra Pose with hands interlaced behind back (hold 5 breaths and then switch the interlacing and hold for another 5)

5. Sun Salutes A and Sun Salute B (5 rounds each is my preference but at least 3)

6. Low Lunge + Half or Full Hanumanasana (hold each 8 breaths)

9. Sirasana (Note position of hands as you will need this for the final pose)

7. Dhanurasana “Bow Pose” (2 rounds holding 8 breaths each)

8. Ustrasana “Camel Pose”

9. Supta Virasana

10. Kapotasana or Kapotasana prep

11. Bridge

12. Wheel (5 rounds holding 5 breaths each)

13. Dwi Pada Vipariti Dandasana

14. Eka Pada Vipariti Dandasana Variation (Final Pose!)

1.Come into Wheel pose with the crown of the head placed on your mat.
2.Lift your shoulders vigorously away from the ground to keep pressure off of your neck.
3. Line the elbow up with the shoulders so that they are in ine with and no wider than your shoulders.
4. Draw the shoulders into your shoulder sockets, away from the wall you are looking at and towards your hips.
5. Straighten your arms
6. Bend your right knee and set the shinbone flat on your mat.
7. Grab your heel with your hands and try to snuggle the crown of your head to your inner arch of your right foot.
8. Pull the elbows in as you press into the mat with your forearms and lift your shoulders up.
9. Wiggle the left foot free as your roll your inner thighs to the floor.
10. TA DA!

To come out: Step your left foot back in. Uncurl your right leg.

Cool Down

End with a gentle twist on your back (Hold and breath in to your lower belly to release your lower back muscle and spine), Happy Baby, a few forward folds (Paschimottanasana, Baddha Konasana, and Pigeon or Thread the Eye of the Needle), Plow, Shoulderstand, and a long, juicy, restful Savasana!

Yoga Backends For Bruised Ribs: Open up and Breath Deep!

Mackenzie Miller and Andrew Abaria in a work of art by Robert Sturman for collection “Poetry of the Gods”

In Yoga the Most Important thing is the breath…especially when bruised ribs make it hard to catch your breath.

I know that you probably hear the teacher in yoga class (that would be me,… if you are coming to my classes) drone on and on about how important the breath is.

Is it sometimes repetitive just how many times I will encourage my students to breathe? Yep. However, it is just that important!

Need a breathing break? Well, first off you need to stretch out to make space for the breath!

In light of that let’s head over to The Hot and Healthy Blog to see how my good friend Mackenzie Miller (former student and now a kick-ass teacher at the luxurious David Barton Gym in Seattle!) helps her friend open up!

In article “Kick Your Bruised Rib to the Curb”
she says:

Beginning:

More Advanced:

(“This pose you’d only want to twist and open up the side of the ribs that are bruised, since as you twist the other ribs are collapsed. This would be once you start feeling much better.”)

“Please let me know if you have ANY questions. This is a good place to start. Even just laying off the edge of your bed and extending your arms overhead should give you an intense stretch. The most important thing is that you listen to your body and TAKE IT SLOW!”

And then lets hear what YisforYogini has learned recently about breathing (also a former student and now in the midst of the 200 Teacher Training at Yogaworks with Kia Miller and David Kim)

In her article { life’s parachutes } yoga + the diaphragm
She says:

“When you understand that your diaphragm draws down as you inhale and upward as you exhale, you can begin to comprehend HOW you make space. You can actually visualize what happens as you breathe, which is immensely helpful for being with and in your own body. Instead of being outside of it and experiencing respiration from a figurative distance, you’re now armed (diaphragmed?) with deep anatomical knowledge.”

Mackenzie Miller and Andrew Abaria at lululemon for Robert Sturmans art show show off their mad yoga skills!

Mackenzie Miller and Andrew Abaria at lululemon for Robert Sturman’s art show show off their mad ninja like yoga skills!

Love Robert Sturman’s art? Get it on your ipad, itouch, or iphone!

Breathe in, Breathe out, ahhh….

Angela Kukhahn www.kukhahnyoga.wordpress.com April 8, 2010