Michael Ruccolo III

Headstand & Shoulderstand:  The King & Queen of Asana

In the history of Yoga, it is written the secret to overcome life’s biggest obstacle includes practicing inverted postures where a yogi turns his body up-side down.  According to most yoga scholars, there is no doubt that an inversion practice constitutes a component part of hatha yoga.  Though rich in yogic history, inversions are the least understood and practiced.
Divided into two sections, this workshop will explore the most important inversions—Headstand/Sirsasana and Shoulderstand/Salamba Sarvangasana.  Defined by B.K.S. Iyengar as the King and Queen of all Asanas, the first hour will focus entirely on Sirsasana and the second hour will focus on Salamba Sarvangasana.

Throughout the workshop, we will discuss the history, effects and practical considerations of inversions.  Using a variety of yoga postures, we will learn how to prepare the body for inverting.  We will break down each posture using props to clearly illustrate the cause and effect of muscular movements/actions, skeletal articulation, and physiological changes that occur while inverted.

Whether you practice inversions regularly or not at all, this workshop will be an informative and safe format for you.  No prior experience is required.  All students are invited to attend this workshop, but the workshop is limited to only 20 people.

Trikonasana: A Moving Meditation

As we sit in an asana, the beauty of the asana emerges as we bear witness to the depth of our inner body and mind. The expansion we experience is larger than life–even the confines of our skin are hardly touched. The outer body falls away as we explore deeper within our mind and body.  Utthita Trikonasana or Triangle Pose is without a doubt the beginning and end of all the asanas. It is here, in this asana, that we can explore all standing poses, forward bends, backbends, inversions and twists.

In this workshop, we will develop the skills in Trikonasana that are required for over 200 asanas. We will break down the asana into 5 parts that will provide students of yoga a rewarding, moving meditation.


About Michael:

Michael, owner of Lyfe Yoga Center, in Hermosa Beach, CA teaches to all populations, including professional athletes, children with special needs, and adults suffering from physical and emotional issues. Michael’s extensive Iyengar Yoga training brings forth a well balanced class experience, effectively bringing union to body and mind.

Michael has been teaching Yoga since 2000. Over the years he has instructed professional athletes, children with special needs, and adults suffering from physical and emotional issues. The owner of LYFE Yoga Center, Michael integrates his Iyengar Yoga training into an effective balanced practice bringing a union to body and mind.

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