Jodi Blumstein has been practicing Ashtanga yoga since 1994, and has a profound connection to the practice. After studying under the world's premiere instructors (including Sri K. Pattabhi Jois), she founded Priya Yoga, Chicago's first Ashtanga/vinyasa yoga school, and served as their director for eight years.
Jodi holds a space for students that is solid and reverent, while maintaining a level of levity, play, and humor. She is a teacher's teacher, and yet each student feels her precise attention, especially as they are at pivotal points in their practice. She encourages students to explore their edges both on and off the mat, and facilitates transformation in both arenas.
Jodi lives in Los Angeles, where she has been running the Mysore program for YogaWorks at the Center for Yoga since 2004. She also hosts exclusive Ashtanga retreats at her home, led by some of the worlds premier Ashtanga teachers.
Connect with Jodi at www.jodiblumstein.com or on Facebook at Jodi Blumstein Yoga.
Access deeper backbends through opening your hip flexors and shoulders with this dynamic sequence. Flowing salutations will explore anjaneyasana and its many variations, then approach backbends from the perspective of strength and stability. Learn a unique way of preparing for backbending before practicing dhanurasana, concluding with an optional inversion. Walk away feeling more invigorated and energized. Props Needed: A strap.
This quick, strong practice will get you warmed up and into your shoulders quickly. Focus on dynamic ways to wake up your shoulders with stabilizing movements that help increase shoulder strength and awareness. A few sun salutations create some heat, followed by preparation and practice of pincha mayurasana using the wall. Cool down with shoulder stretches before a final rest in savasana. Props Needed: Wall space.
Take an advanced practice and break it down in a safe, informative and nourishing way. Learn the essence of nadi shodhana, the nerve cleansing sequence, in an effective practice that will have you buzzing all day. Begin with basic salutations and standing poses, then explore accessible backbends, twists and strength poses. Props Suggested: A strap.