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Yoga Today: YouTube #1: Yogatic

April 11, 2011

I stumbled upon Yogatic while searching YouTube for my own resources.  The first video I saw was this one:

You’ll notice a few things that Esther does:

1) She settles into a pose herself first.  As she is going onto her hands and knees, she moves her legs forwards and back to get her hips in proper alignment with her knees.  While sometimes I think people are too into alignment, the basic “joint over joint” concept is an important one to protect against injury.  Keep your hips over your knees, your shoulders over your wrists, you knees over your ankles, etc.!!!!!

2) She shows you what not to do.  She bends her shoulders forward to show you where they shouldn’t be, so you can help feel it in your own body.  As the philosophy of having yoga students teach themselves poses without much physical correction from the teacher continues, learning where your joints should be and where they shouldn’t be becomes more important.

3) She starts with a basic modification.  Too often teachers will show the full pose before showing an easier way into this.  I myself am guilty of this.  Part of it is that I like to teach “above” a student’s current ability — offering modifications and assistance — so as to encourage the student to keep progressing.  However, in a basic “how to” video, I think showing the first step — the first modification — is actually more encouraging.  I will be following this concept in my own videos.

If you go onto the Yogatic site, you’ll see that Esther offers a pose guide, as well.

She has four pages of poses to offer.  Some have video; most are step-by-step explanations with some pictures.  This is a great resource for any beginner yoga student!  I particularly like that she offers how to get in and out of poses.  Sometimes the sequencing can be confusing; Esther helps with this.

Finally, there is more than just yoga at Yogatic.  Esther includes other videos and posts, such as:

A bread recipe at a yoga site?  Delicious!!  This shows how holistic yoga can be.  While you get your body tuned up with yoga, your mind tunes up, also; it makes you want to be healthier overall and try new things.  Try Esther’s bread recipe!

Definitely try Yogatic’s videos, and tell me how you like them!  What did you find helpful from it?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Franzi permalink
    May 3, 2011 3:39 pm

    She seems great. I love her calm voice. First thing I noticed. I think since being a very beginner modifications are a good start for me too 🙂
    I am always looking for an easy start not to get injured.
    I wish I had more time to spend on practicing yoga. I should do a challenge like trying one pose a day 🙂

    I will check her out some more. Great tip sweety!

  2. May 4, 2011 8:43 am

    I think a one pose a day challenge would be excellent!! 🙂 You should document it for sure, too.

  3. Franzi permalink
    May 5, 2011 2:36 am

    🙂 Now I am thinking a pose a day might be a lot. But maybe one a week. To try it again 🙂 I have two yoga books one from Tara Stiles. I will keep you posted!

  4. May 5, 2011 1:17 pm

    Hmmm….that’s true. It takes time to feel comfortable enough in a pose to advance in it. One a week would be great — especially if you write/think about how to incorporate it into a sequence. What are the books you have?

  5. June 26, 2011 1:58 pm

    I like her calming voice and smiling face..she also teach proper body alignment and posture…I’m doing yoga at home after 3 months of learning from a guru.I like her videos and am learning more..good job Esther.

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