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Untie the Knot!

Shannon Paige

Connected and Conversational Arm Balances: Astavakrasana to Eka Pada Koundinyasana

Tension is a brilliant teacher. The trick is to let the tension be strong rather than hardened. By leveraging the art of deep inward connection, engagement and embodiment, to the point of being mindfully tied in an arm balancing knot, one can stretch the tension out like a suspension bridge to support and sustain more extended postures. To this end, we will progress from simple to complex, layer progressive actions and openings, to embody the techniques and strength to allow a growing confidence and conversation between two arm balances at our apex peak expression. Beyond the exploration of arm balance connection, the effects of this practice are ease in the neck and shoulders in addition to opening the hips, quadriceps and hamstrings. Though it is a strong practice, you will feel gooooood leaving the mat!

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