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Dare to Begin Modern Yoga

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About this course

Are you ready to begin Modern and Somatic yoga?

For this 7-day course, you'll be receiving daily emails with prompts to login here. You will get access to the Written and Video version of the content.

This mini-course/challenge will share some "modern" and "somatic" ways to approach the most "traditional" yoga poses. The prompts are daily, but feel free to explore at your own pace because Rogue Yogi is all about "breathing at your own Rhythm and moving to your own Beat".

You'll also receive basic anatomy knowledge without the jargon. Whether you're a beginner or you're a long-time practitioner, you can experience the nuances about how your body moves without judgement or comparison

This mini-course intends to help us reduce the repetitive motion that can happen when we do any single thing too much. As a result, we will explore different ways to get our blood flowing in nourishing ways.

Let's Dare to Begin Now. :)

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Course Structure

[Day 0]: Let's Get Oriented

Learn what to expect during this mini challenge/course. The "challenge" is reframing your mindset around what "yoga" is and noticing yourself when you see a different perspective on it. 

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[Day 1]: The Trick is to Keep Breathing

Pranayam(a) is the practice of various deep breathing and breath-retention patterns that can facilitate a state of relaxation. However, if your typical day involves shallow breathing in your chest or if you're often catching yourself sighing out a gust of air, then Pranayama can be a huge leap for your lungs and nervous system. You could benefit from taking the baby steps I've listed inside.

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[Day 2]: When “Easy Pose” Ain’t That Easy

In today's modern way of living (i.e. sitting at a desk, sitting in a car, sitting, sitting, sitting), the full capabilities of our precious hips and glutes pivots to chillout mode. This lack of activation travels all the way down to our feet. So, "Easy Pose" ain't that easy for some folks. Learn the other ways to sit down with ease on your own terms.

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[Day 3]: Softly Rock Your Childs’ Pose Now

Childs' Pose is a very passive posture indeed. You're resting your glutes towards your heels. Your head rests on the ground, a block or another cushion. Your arms rest past your head or by your side (also on the ground). 

You could choose to rest like this if you wanted to.

Now's a good time to consider the option of awakening your shoulders and upper back, especially if you don't feel comfortable with reaching your glutes to your heels today. 

Let's shift our focus a little, shall we?

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[Day 4]: Let’s Root to Rise w/o Hands, Ma!

Today, it's time to Explore Kneeling and Rising Up 

Whether you've been practicing yoga for awhile, or if this is still fairly new to you...there's always something new to discover with the tools given in this challenge. There's always another degree of understanding and moving around.

In this case, it's the ability to lift our own bodies off of the ground without using our hands. 

Why is that a big deal? Check out the course content for the reasons why.

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[Day 5]: Dare to Stabilize Your Flexibility

Today, we take that concept of adding in essential strength to your everyday living and take it up a notch.

Today, we are also going to add some more mobility to stabilize your flexibility.

Wait, what? 

Well, Flexibility is your ability to increase your range of motion in a static position (i.e. think of the splits. That's so much flexibility, right?) It's what you see a lot of in social media. Hyperbendiness.

How about Mobility?

Mobility is your ability to CONTROL your movement within a range of motion. (i.e. think of getting yourself out of the splits without using your hands. Or think of getting yourself into the splits without using gravity or the floor or your hands. That's some strength and control). It doesn't look as bendy because when our muscles are contracting, they naturally stop us before the range of motion becomes unsafe. Usually, that range is smaller.

So, which of the two is more relevant to your everyday life? Check the course content to practice and decide for yourself :)

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[Day 6]: Dare to Wake Your Butt Up With Cobra

Would you like to consider what the intention of the "traditional" cues for Cobra is?

Would it be to decompress the lower back? Is it to open up the chest? Maybe it's to help the neck counter the constant tilting-forward action when looking down at a phone. 

Now, what if you wanted to achieve a different intention within the same pose?

(Yes, it's ok to think of alternatives to what you've been told, and to consider what it is YOU want to do for your mind-body).

What if you wanted to create space in your spine after a long day of standing? Or if you wanted to reduce the compression of your lower back from a traditional Cobra?

What if you wanted to engage your glutes just enough to get the core to stay awake with it (because sitting all day makes the glutes sleepy)?

So, try today's course content out to make it more true to your style!

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[Day 7]: Dare to Deviate From Chaturanga

Today's focus is on Changing Up Your Chaturanga. 

Some people can make the transition from Downward-Facing Dog to Plank to Cobra/Upward-Facing and back to Downdog safely.

Many can't.

Movement experts say that if you can't bench press at least half your weight at the gym, you're most likely going to have trouble doing a push-up.

Chaturanga isn't that much different from a push-up...except when it comes to the distribution of your weight when you place your hands and elbows right by your side body.

So much more weight can get dumped onto your shoulders, especially if you have heavy glutes like me that want to peak upwards to compensate for this imbalance.

So, if you're not able to do a normal push-up right now, why feel bad about Chaturanga?

Let's be kind to ourselves and meet our bodies where they are at. Follow today's course content to get inspired

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