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Nichol's TIPs: Eka Pada Koundinyasana 1, moving in sync, and well rounded practice

WELCOME to Nichol's TIPs - a weekly newsletter where I share a TUTORIAL, some INSPIRATION, and a PRACTICE.

This week, we'll explore Eka Pada Koundinyasana 1, moving in sync, and well rounded practice

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EKA PADA KOUNDINYASANA 1 (Twisted One Legged Arm Balance) TUTORIAL

***click here to watch tutorial video


STEP 1. 

STRETCH into splits (hanumanasana). 

"Come into a low lunge and slowly stretch your feet apart into splits. Maintain muscular engagement in your legs to protect your joints as you stretch your legs apart."

STEP 2. 

COME INTO Brigid's Cross stretch

"From a low lunge, heel toe your front foot off the edge of the mat on the opposite side (twisting). Straighten your front leg bringing the outer edge of your foot on the floor. Using the strength of your arms, slowly lower your outer hip down to the floor."


STEP 3. 

LEAN forward and KICK up. 

"From a low lunge, twist across your front thigh. Keeping the twist and hook, lean to the side to bring your palms flat on the floor. Lift your front leg, lean forward, and kick your back leg up."


 ***click here to watch video






by David Byrne Scottish-American singer, songwriter, musician, record producer, actor, writer, music theorist, visual artist, and filmmaker. He was a founding member, principal songwriter, lead singer, and guitarist of the American new wave band Talking Heads

"When you move with people, especially when you start to move in sync, or if you sing in sync with other people, you form this kind of bond that doesn’t exist between you as individuals. Think about marching or military bands or square dancing—there is immediate kinship and strong connection. 

  • Source: David Byrne quote in Your Brain on Art by Susan Magsamen & Ivy Ross


Recall the last time you moved or sang in sync (or both) with a group of people. How did it make you feel? Would you like more of this feeling in your life?



Standing Strong on Your Feet and Hands PRACTICE


Here is a LINK to a fun flowing sequence that includes some arm balances and a little bit of everything else. Give it a try!


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Until next week, 

Nichol Chase

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