May 11, 2021 #1 Local News, Forum, Information and Event Source for Venice Beach, California.

Body Love yoga – Staff Pose

Chataranga Dandasana, Staff Pose

by Rose Pelosi

Take. Your. Time. Just as all other postures it is not to be rushed and often times is.

• Entry: from plank, shift forward to the tippy toes. The body is now in alignment to lower just HALF WAY! neither the chin nor the shoulders touching the ground beneath you or coming closer than the rest of the body. Think Staff, one line of fierce energy. Hips included.

• As you lower, notice the weight in your hands. Can you keep your thumbs heavy to activate your biceps?

• Stay safe. Shoulders remain above or in line with the elbows keeping the body in effective alignment and preventing immense strain that is caused within the complexity of the shoulder joint when the shoulders drop below the elbows! Very common when moved through with momentum rather than core strength. This is huge and I could say it all day with love.

• Involve the whole body. PAUSE here. Draw the low belly in towards the spine, feel your front body catch you.  Then notice the backs of the legs, let them help lift you, keeping you hovering with balance and control.

• Press your toes into the Earth with conviction.

• Feel the forward motion of your heart center, gazing forward rather than down that will lead you into Upward Facing Dog.

Most of all, honor your body when practicing this challenging, heat building posture by moving more slowly, and respecting whatever place of strength you are working from! We modify not because we aren’t capable, but because we are capable of listening to the body and being our highest selves in any given moment. Feel so strong inside and out the next time you move through your Vinyasa!

Tune up your yoga practice with helpful tips from Venice-based yoga teacher Rose Pelosi. Pelosi teaches private lessons both inside and at the beach. Follow her on instagram @bodyloveyoga.

Get tips on how to maximize your downward facing dog here.

Related Posts

LAHSA Application for Permanent Housing Moves Online

May 10, 2021

May 10, 2021

Agency consolidates 15 different paper housing applications into one digital application By Chad Winthrop The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA)...

Apple Plans to Add More Than 3K Jobs in Culver City-Area

May 10, 2021

May 10, 2021

3,000 jobs coming by 2026 By Toi Creel Apple will be bringing over 3,000 jobs to the Westside. According to...

Venice Bakery’s Cash Registered Stolen

May 6, 2021

May 6, 2021

A Venice bakery had its cash registered stolen following a smash and grab robbery this week. According to the Los...

Tacos and Ice Cream Highlight New Playa Vista Dining and Retail Center

May 6, 2021

May 6, 2021

Loqui, Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams highlight new complex  By Toi Creel A popular taqueria and ice cream shop highlight a...

Details on Venice Boulevard Mixed-Use Proposal

May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021

More apartments could soon be coming to this lot on Venice Boulevard in Palms. Learn more in this video made...

Venice’s Fox Theater Revamp

May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021

A developer wants to revamp the historic Fox Theater building in Venice. Learn more in this video made possible by...

Edify TV: Site Work Begins on Nearly Billion Dollar LAX Station

May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021

Site work has begun for a nearly billion dollar light rail transit station coming to LAX. Learn more in this...

Edify TV: Concert Capacity Rules Issue for Small Venues

May 4, 2021

May 4, 2021

Live music is back in LA County but the owner of a Westside jazz club says reopening will have to...

Woman Gives Birth on Venice Beach Boardwalk

May 3, 2021

May 3, 2021

LAFD transport mother and newborn to hospital following Sunday birth  By Sam Catanzaro A reported homeless woman gave birth on...

Edify TV: Could Penmar Golf Course Become Affordable Housing?

April 29, 2021

April 29, 2021

Under a state bill facilities like Penmar golf course could be converted into space for affordable housing. Learn more in...

Italian-Style Raw Seafood Bar Comes to Main Street

April 29, 2021

April 29, 2021

Crudo e Nudo, a new Italian-style raw seafood bar on the Westside offers sustainably sourced fresh fish, shellfish and crustaceans....