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Touch is one of the most powerful forms of connection and should never be taken lightly. Yoga teachers have a rare opportunity to be able to connect with so many students through touch. It gives us a chance to transmit positive and healing energy, move a student from an unsafe position to a safe one and to take them deeper into their practice. I created this series this CE course to share with you the beautiful art of assisting students in their yoga postures. Some topics we cover in this series •Philosophy of assists and touch •Anatomical and intentional focused alignment •Purposed based assists •Qualities of touch •Assisting different types •Passive and active assisting •Assisting foundational postures •Assisting standing postures •Assisting floor postures •Dynamic assists •Student safety •Professionalism and legal responsibilities Originally this series was going to be sold separately for $700.00 but now we are releasing it to all AloMoves subscribers for free! Best news! If you’re not already on @alo.moves you can sign up in the next 48 hours and get **20% off your new membership!** Just use my code ASSISTS when signing up! *Link in Bio

In this one life, I feel that I have already lived so many lives. In 2001 on September 11th, I was 20 years old serving in the United States Marine Corps on duty as Sergeant of the guard at Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base in California when the planes struck the twin towers in NYC. That tragedy that affected so many lives also greatly changed mine as it lead to the series of events that placed me in Iraq fighting in a war that I didn’t believe in or want to take any part in but at the same time I was a 21 year old sergeant with a group guys that I was responsible for them making it back home and so I did my duty as I had to. 18 years have passed and my life in the military is a distant memory. The kid that wore that uniform is no longer recognizable to me. I don’t relate to the experiences I had or hold on to any of the trauma I experienced. Yoga has taught me that change is a universal truth that leads to the continuous transformation of all things. When we learn to be who we are, who we were no longer effects us. Wearing @aloyoga

This was so much harder than I thought it would be. I wanted @adellbridges to handstand on my thighs while I balanced just on my without holding her arms. But this was the best shot we got. Swipe over to see all of our epic fails! Both of us in @aloyoga

Getting out there and getting in there is the same thing. Shorts by @aloyoga

London, United Kingdom

You can't look at a map to understand where you are when where you are is not on the map. Wearing @aloyoga

London, United Kingdom

Is there such a thing as unconditional love? Like all emotions, loves definition goes beyond words, and we each understand it only how we are uniquely able to experience it. But the question is not what is love, but is love unconditional? The opposite question would be, is conditional love really love? Love arises from the purest form of our energetic emotional as a gift to those who want to receive it. Love is self-perpetuated and reciprocated by the act of giving while needing nothing in return. Love is desiring happiness for others. Wanting others to make you happy is attachment and often confused as love. Them making you happy becomes the condition, and therefore not actually love. Real love doesn't have conditions; all love is unconditional. What do you think? Wearing @aloyoga

Barbican Centre

All life is energy manifested as form. Our form expresses energy as emotion. It's through our emotions that we understand all of our experiences of life and through our feelings that guide our actions and imprint our memories. These emotions which are only energy reexpressed through life, sometimes create their own stories so that we can understand what it is that we are feeling. Our emotions are always real, but often, the stories we create to understand them are not. We are the subjective experiencer, the center of our universe, looking to make reason through the gateway that is ourself. This makes understanding of the truth with our experiential imprint placed upon it an impossibility. Energy does not have an ego, but we express it to define our own. The nature of our ego is to understand itself, but if the truth is that we are all an energetic expression, then true self is beyond understanding. Shorts by @aloyoga

When we desire to be something that we’re not, we can lose our understanding of who we are. Growth is a necessary part to feel whole. When we look to grow we don’t want to try to become something we’re not. We need to understand who we are for growth to manifest. Just like an oak sapling doesn’t try to become an Aspen, it stays true to itself and grows into a mighty oak tree. Wearing @aloyoga ()

Crestone, Colorado

If you want to bring light into the world, you only need to invest in the joy and love of your own heart.

Have you ever wondered what the difference is between passive stretching (relaxed) and active stretching (engaged)? Only our fascia stretches, such as the tendons, ligaments, aponeurosis, and the connective tissues that surrounds and separates all the muscles. The muscle fibers themselves don’t stretch, they are elastic. When we think the muscle is stretching, it’s actually the 30% of the muscle that is fascia that is stretching (plasticity). The muscle fibrils (myofibrils) have elastic qualities and move apart from each other inside of the fascia but are not plastically stretching. Passive stretching targets the fascia of the muscle, whereas active stretching works on the fascia of the muscles and tendons because muscles need to be engaged to contract and stretch the tendons. In a person who isn’t very flexible, both active and passive stretching can be very beneficial. When passively stretching on a tighter person, the muscle fascia takes the strain, and the muscle fascia stretches. But when a hypermobile (very flexible) person passively stretches, the ligaments take the stress, and this is potentially harmful. Some ligaments are meant to stretch, these are called dynaments (dynamic ligaments as described by Dr. Van Der Wal), but many are not and this can cause lax ligaments and instability in the joints which is dangerous and can cause further problems. When it comes to longer holds, there is a lot of new research that suggests fascia reaches its stretch potential (how far it can stretch safely) at around one minute and then will no longer lengthen no matter how long we hold the stretch. However, active stretching over a minute can be beneficial for training the neurological response which will increase your ability to lengthen the muscle in a stretch. Flexibility is more complex than just stretching fascia, and fascial stretching involves more than just passive and active stretching. Flexibility comes from a combination of genetics, plasticity stretching, fascial elasticity, viscoelasticity, glide, and the nervous system as well as a few other factors. We need to work on all these areas to progress our flexibility rather than just focus on one area.

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A quick early morning practice before I fly to Colorado. This is the first time I’ve tried a hollowback on my fingertips. It was much easier than I thought it would be. I practice strengthening my fingertips daily so I don’t suggest trying it until you put the ground work into the conditioning. Wearing @aloyoga

To move forward, sometimes we need to move backward first. In most movement this is true but in life, regression is never a direction we can move as we project towards the future. It might feel as we are going backward, or are repeating a pattern, a fallback, a setback or repetition of past circumstances, but it only appears to be this. Time is a forward projection of the present moment and although it feels like momentum is lost, stagnation and backward movements are impossibilities. A better way to perceive moving backward is to understand our need for repetition. Repetition is the key to learning and growing. If you feel like you came into a setback, see it as an opportunity to solidify an experience that will propel you forward. For every moment of repetition is a moment for reflection and every reflection shows us a clearer picture of the truth. Wearing @aloyoga Fancy camera skills @fitflexjuli

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