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Shoulder Sadhana

Yoga is a practice that can heal us or hurt us ( as my teacher used to say).  I agree 100%, and have experienced many injuries throughout my life as a dancer and yogi.  For the last several years ( knock on wood) my body has been clear of injury and feeling free.  That said, those many injuries were important teachers for me that invited me to understand my anatomy and patterns more deeply.  And, as I age, my body certainly isn’t what it used to be.  Finding a balance between efforting in my physical body and connecting to a more subtle source has really helped me chill out and gain a more sustainable practice.  Our Yoga Sadhana ( Spiritual Practice)  is always inviting us into deeper recognition and exploration.   I would like to offer some tips to bring with you as you deepen your asana.

Teaching Yoga and teaching trainings for 10-15 years now has shown me the imperative importance of not only the outer alignment of muscles but the relationship of bones, muscles, and subtle body.  If the outer muscular alignment is “good” yet the bone stacking, breath/ vayus ( winds) are weak, injury can still persist.  So, what I have found to bring greatest healing for myself and my students is an integration of outer and inner bodies.  

As we move through Fall, I will write more on the Subtle Body, but for now, let us start with some basic alignment tips for bones and muscles to keep those shoulders and wrists safe while practicing asana and moving through your active lifestyles.  


In Down Dog, Plank, Chattarunga, Cobra/ Up Dog

  1. Place the Foundation w clarity, spreading the fingers ( yet not TOO much) with equal weight through the palette of the hands and metacarpals.  
  2. Keep the shoulder girdle more forward than you think, keeping pressure out of the rotator cuff and wrists.
  3. Watch out for hyper extension – soften the elbow joint and be sure the bicep and tricep are firing equally.
  4. Notice if the top of the arm bone pushes forward- this will put pressure on the shoulders and wrists.  Keep the humerus ( upper arm bone gently back)
  5. Keep the breath FULL like a “balloon” and relax the outer body muscular body more.
  6. Keep the Upper Arms not only lifted in Down Dog to fire up the shoulder girdle but find a proper rotation into the gleno-humeral ( shoulder socket), so you feel integrated and less pressure in the armpit area.  You will know you are in better alignment when you see a “cup” in the armpit.

BIG TIP: KEEP THE WEIGHT INTO THE RADIUS ( major forearm bone) IN COBRA AND UP DOG STRENGTHENING THE UNDER SIDE OF THE FOREARMS.  THIS WILL HELP YOUR WRISTS AND HELP YOU TO FLY INTO CROW AND HANDSTANDS!  The underside of the forearm is often weak, leading to “buckling” of the shoulders, too much weight in the wrists, and collapsed shoulder rotator cuff.

All that said, each human body is different.  As a teacher I am always looking at each body as it’s own entity.  Anatomical principles are great but we must apply them to our own individual make up.  You may ask yourselves and your students to feel for themselves: Do they feel stable? Can they breathe? Is it easier in the wrists, elbows and joints?  Encourage self exploration and personal experience.  This is the true power of yoga- self reflection, self empowerment.

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Her keen eye, attention to detail, and intuition about each person's physical body is unmatched. To be honest, Yoga used to hurt me. I'd leave every time with a new pain that hadn't been there when I first stepped into the class. With Tara, I always feel safe--physically and emotionally. My body has seen amazing changes in my time studying with her--I even grew an inch! Through her delicate and precise adjustments and awareness of anatomy, I have been able to heal my body in a way that I never thought possible. In class, a private session, or through her amazing teacher training I have learned so much that I bring into my own teaching.
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Abhaya Yoga Teacher TrainingTara Glazier, owner/founder and creative director of Abhaya Yoga since its inception in 2010 has 15 years experience teaching yoga, 10 years teaching therapeutic trainings, and a lifetime in her body as a dancer. In 2013 she codified The Abhaya Method as a way to offer a non-dogmatic approach to learning and unlearning new pathways toward healing and awakening. With a background and degree in Pedagogy, she has a passion for the Art of Teaching and instills this love and skill into her trainings. She holds a BFA from the Hartt School, and is certified in Vinyasa and formerly Anusara as well as highly qualified in yoga therapeutics. In 2015, Tara founded the Abhaya Yoga Foundation which brings yoga and mindfulness to disadvantaged groups; scholarships to diverse groups for Teacher Training, Women’s Trauma and At-Risk Youth. For over 8 years, Tara has been training skillful, spirited, successful yoga teachers.

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Abhaya Yoga teacher training has impacted my life in so many monumental ways.  Not only did I deepen my own understanding of myself through studying with my amazing teacher Tara Glazier, but I also learned so many important skills that help me as a teacher and as a human to this day.  I learned, physical alignment principals, anatomy, philosophy, history, how to design a class and how to teach.  5+ years after my training, I am a professional yoga teacher, teaching in a couple of studios and running a successful private yoga business.  I also have the good fortune to spend time as a volunteer in a local Psych ward, where I offer a weekly yoga class and will be soon volunteering in Hospice as well.  I have so much gratitude for Tara and Abhaya Yoga- and now I can’t imagine what my life would be like without going through teacher training.

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From my first class, I knew that Abhaya was a special place.  I had never experienced yoga as a holistic practice until coming to Abhaya, where it absolutely felt like a second home and it was clear this was the studio I wanted to obtain my 200hr TT.  What I enjoyed most, in my Abhaya Training was the philosophy and history of yoga which is absolutely vital when teaching asana, it enriches your classes and grounds each practice. Something that Abhaya teachers are able to do effortlessly. Immediately following the program I had the skills, but more importantly the confidence to comfortably lead a vinyasa class. I was able to give concise cues and adjustments while teaching.

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 Altruism • Artistry • Refinement

In this advanced teacher training, Tara Glazier will focus on refining the teacher’s authentic voice and cultivating subtlety through experience. Using the Abhaya Method as a guide, teachers learn how to be more present, step back, create space, and teach to what is needed depending on who is in front of them.  This subtle approach to teaching and observation is a unique and advanced skill that empowers students and brings life back into systemized yoga classes.

Experienced teachers refine their authentic voice, create space, and teach to what is needed. The integration of the Subtle Body and physical practices within the sequence and theme structure, create both clarity and depth. Sharpening the observation skills and learning how to see individual patterns, offers the techniques to teach various levels, privates, therapeutic groups, and special needs groups with clarity, comfort, and professionalism.

Program includes: Refined Teaching Skills, Subtle Body/ Energetics and Hands on Adjustments, Advanced Therapeutics, Applied Anatomy, Applied Ayurveda and Nutritional Cooking Classes, Applied Non-Dual Philosophy, Yoga Nidra Teacher Training, Mini Pre-Natal Teacher Training, Teaching Meditation/ Pranayama, and Subtle Body Practices.

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Refined Teaching Skills and Mentoring:

The teaching skills portion takes place on chosen Sundays and includes topics such as enhancing and clarifying verbal instruction through what is seen through honing observation skills, hands on adjustments, subtle body understanding and therapeutics, advanced theme coding and refining the voice. The Wednesday portion will focus on practicing these skills in a small mentored group. This is a rare opportunity to teach and receive skillful feedback. These groups will focus on advancing your teaching and stepping into your full potential as an authentic teacher.

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Nina Rao

Nina Rao:Chanting, 1/24

Jonathan Fitzgordon, Anatomy 9/13

Jonathan Fitzgordon: Anatomy 9/13

Dr. Naina Marballi: Ayurveda, TBC

Dr. Naina Marballi: Ayurveda, TBC

Hareesh Wallis: Tantric Philosophy, 10/17-10/18

Hareesh Wallis: Tantric Philosophy, 10/17-10/18


Krishna Das: Bhakti, 11/8

 Jennifer Pettit-Prenatal Yoga

Jennifer Pettit: Prenatal Yoga, 11/14

Sue Neufeld:Subtle Body & Pranayama,12/5

Sue Neufeld:Subtle Body & Pranayama,12/5

Mukti: Meditation/ Non-Dual Philosophy, 2/26 – 2/27

Mukti: Meditation, 2/26 – 2/27

Doug Keller: TBC, 3/18 - 3/20

Doug Keller: , 3/18 – 3/20

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As part of Abhaya Yoga Foundation (Non Profit Arm), the Advanced TT’s are invited to assist in and gain experience is specific groups:  diverse populations, children’s after school enrichment, elder yoga, therapeutic classes, and those suffering from illness.

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  • Become a more skillful teacher that is able to teach a solid, inspiring class while attending to everyone and even therapeutic issues in the room
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Group A 9/9/15, 10/7, 11/4, 12/9, 1/6/16, 2/10, 3/23, 4/20, 5/25, 6/29
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Intensive Immersion 1
5/27/2016 Friday 9-11:45am, 1:15pm-3:45pm 5:15-8pm
5/28/2016 Saturday 9:15am-11:45am, 1:30-7pm
5/29/2016 Sunday 9:45–3:45pm, 6-9pm
Memorial Day 5/30/2016 Monday 9:30-11:45am, 1-6:15PM
Intensive Immersion 2
7/1/2016 Friday 9-11:45am, 1:15pm-3:45pm 5:15-8pm
7/2/2016 Saturday 9:15am-11:45am, 1:30-7pm
7/3/2016 Sunday 9:45–3:45pm, 6-9pm
Indpend Day 7/4/2016 Monday 9:30-11:45am, 1-6:15PM
Intensive Immersion 3
9/2/2016 Friday 9-11:45am, 1:15pm-3:45pm 5:15-8pm
9/3/2016 Saturday 9:15am-11:45am, 1:30-7pm
9/4/2016 Sunday 9:45–3:45pm, 6-9pm
Labour Day 9/5/2016 Monday 9:30-11:45am, 1-6:15PM