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Created by Paula Tursi, Founder and Director of NYC-based Reflections Yoga, the program focuses on awareness of the mechanics and dynamics of the spine to deepen the benefits of yoga practice by fully developing the body's potential for balanced spinal elongation, extension, and the rotations found in a wide range of yogic asanas. The program also teaches a deeper approach to hip and shoulder opening through correct alignment of the spine.
Paula's lesson in yoga body mechanics emphasizes the correlation between the neck and the lower back and teaches balancing the dynamic alignment of the spine. We tend to move from the more mobile parts of the spine - neck or lower back - leaving out the thoracic spine (middle part of the spine that connects to the rib cage) which results in loss of depth and range of motion. For example, lack of extension in the thoracic region during backbends limits range of motion and puts unnecessary stress on neck and lumbar areas. The spinal region is the container of all nerve transmission so when it is out of alignment we become vulnerable to referred nerve pain such as sciatica, headaches, or disc problems. Finding ways to maximize balanced spinal elongation and flexibility while improving integration between the spine and the joints creates flowing, deep, and safe movement, perfect for transitioning to intermediate or advanced level yoga without strain or injuries.
The spine is a series of joints, and every joint in the body is an opportunity for movement. Deeply-ingrained habits of the sedentary lifestyle limit mobility and access to the freeing and healing benefits of yoga.
Approaching the the body as finely-tuned instrument, Paula offers an 80-minute yoga practice built on developmental progressions of asanas and designed to enhance body awareness and unlock it's hidden potential. She focuses on the fact that truly effective and functional movement or asana starts first from the inner body, then radiates out, assisted by breath and balanced alignment.
Throughout the practice, Paula and two assistants demonstrate different levels within the intermediate-advanced range, and provide variations for different levels of fitness and flexibility<.i>.
A superb method for taking your yoga practice to a new level, Paula's program is great for body conditioning and weight-loss.
Paula holds a Masters degree in Psychology from Columbia University and a Masters degree in Education from Hunter College. She did her clinical post-graduate training at the Milton H. Erickson Society for Psychotherapy and Hypnosis. She teaches classes, retreats and teacher-training courses all over the world through her company, The Reflections Yoga.
Paula has an exceptional perspective on yoga and this video really plays to her strengths as a teacher. Highly recommended.Published 16 months ago by J. Kaye
There are things i really like in this, then there are things I'm like why? I think the only reason its intermediate to advanced is because of sine our the shoulder stands. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Dereksmom
I really love this DVD because it gives in-depth instruction on how to do the poses if you have never done them before. Read morePublished on January 31, 2012 by The Boobazu
Enjoyed this DVD, good yoga practice, but I'll echo what many others have said, this is not at the intermediate-advanced level. Read morePublished on February 25, 2011 by Susan Socolofsky Wicks
When I bought this dvd I was expecting a challenging yoga workout with a very detailed anatomy of the human body in relation to yoga. Read morePublished on February 9, 2011 by Ashley
This is a great intermediate/advanced workout, i have been doing yoga for 5 years and I have tried lots of advance yoga DVDs, however, this one is one of my best DVDs, I dont... Read morePublished on September 4, 2009 by H. Hassanpour
This yoga dvd is excellent. Paula Tursi's detailed explaination on the spine and her student that demonstrated the yoga poses was so informative and the visuals added to the... Read morePublished on October 11, 2008 by D. Grgach
This is a wonderful DVD, however, I would say it's more for the beginner yogi (1-3 years of practice) I would highly recommend this dvd if your beginning students want to work on... Read morePublished on September 7, 2008 by NamasteYoga