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The Adapted Series Class

Regular class, Tuesday and Thursday, 11:30-1:00 pm with Ken and Elaine. 

The Adapted Series was created by David Roche, a certified Ashtanga instructor in his 70’s with a background in Modern Dance and Hatha Yoga. It is based on Ashtanga with concepts from Tom Myers’ “Anatomy Trains” (myofascial lines).

The Adapted Series is less strenuous than the Ashtanga Primary Series. It is appropriate for someone who is injured, pregnant, older, or otherwise physically stressed, or who finds the Primary Series too challenging as a daily practice, whether temporarily or longer term.The Adapted Series does not depend on a knowledge of Ashtanga series; it can form the basis for a “stand-alone” yoga practice, for a beginner or an advanced practitioner. The Adapted Series continues the focus of Ashtanga, coordinating breath with movement. It will teach you to recognize your own “edge” each day and help you find permission–and the knowledge–to modify your practice according to what your body needs.

There are four series following the anatomy trains, which we will practice sequentially, one per class, each Tuesday and Thursday:

1.Superficial Front and Back Lines; and Lateral Lines (lengthening of the body, flexion of the torso and hips; balancing the body front to back and side to side)

2. Spiral Lines (focus on twists, stabilizing the body in all planes)

3. Functional Lines (focus on core and strength)

4. Deep Front and Back Lines (focus on core stability, and supporting the head and neck)In addition, the arm lines (hasta vinyasas) in each of the series help mobility and strength of the arms, neck, and shoulders.

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