Maria Luisa Basualdo
Maria Luisa's teaching style draws both from the different yoga methodologies she has studied and also from her background as a modern dancer. After a severe injury, she decided to follow the path of yoga, which ultimately drew her to the Iyengar Yoga method. Her classes range from vigorous to restorative, and she enjoys working with all levels. Certified in the Iyengar yoga method in 2000, she has studied for more than a decade with senior Iyengar teachers such as: Marina Chaselon, Ramanand Patel, Lois Steingberg, Gabriel Halpern, John Schumacher, Patricia Walden, Manuso Manos, and the Iyengars themselves in Puna, India. She has also studied Ashtanga Yoga with Pattabhi Jois in Mysore, India, Indra Devi-style yoga in Buenos Aires and Jivamukti yoga in NYC.
Maria Luisa Basualdo instructs the following:
Hatha Yoga 1-2
This class is ideal for students new to yoga as well as experienced students that want to establish strong, healthy alignment. You will learn basic movement principles so that you can perform standing poses, twists,inversions, light backbends and forward bends with intelligence and ease. If you ever found yourself wondering "what am I supposed to be doing in this pose" this class is for you. You will receive plenty of assistance and correction. This class is actively paced and progressively sequenced.
Hatha Yoga 2-3
Emphasizes alignment and technique within an intelligently sequenced class. Props are used to facilitate learning and provide support for less flexible students. This mindful approach is highly recommended for for those who want to deepen their understanding of alignment in asana, as well as those with back issues and other muscular or skeletal imbalances. The level 2-3 class is for experienced yoga students and includes inversions such as headstand and shoulderstand.
Happy Back Bending
Do back bends make you anxious? Do you experience pain and discomfort when practicing backbends? Does the thought of extending your spine back into space scare you?
Backbends are an important part of a well-rounded yoga practice and there are many benefits to practicing them on a regular basis. Backbends counteract rounded shoulders, increase mobility of the spine, improve posture and can boost your mood, but they can be scary, intimidating and painful for many students. Back bending requires us to move our bodies in a way that it is not used to.
In this class series, Maria will guide you through safe back bending sequences starting with beginner gravitational backbends (prone position) and moving deeper into intermediate backbends. You will learn beneficial preparatory poses, key alignment principles and tension releasing counter poses. Maria’s approach to teaching back bends is Iyengar-based, so learning how to use props to enhance your understanding of the poses will be a great part of the process so that you leave each class with an open heart and a happy back.
Open to students with at least 1 year yoga experience and who can perform both headstand and shoulder-stand.
$110 by Monday, July 31, 2017;
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