Altered Perspective

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Instructor Tracey Noseworthy
Average: 4.9 (155 votes)
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A 'Point of View’ or ‘A Frame of Mind’ or ‘A Standpoint’ is the same as our perspective. In this power yoga class, Tracey challenges your viewpoint with an eyes-open practice based on free flowing movement around your mat. It gives a lot of attention to shoulders, heart openers, hips and forward folds. Offer yourself the gift of seeing something differently today!

Equipment: None
Style: Power Yoga, Vinyasa Yoga, Yoga for Athletes


Altered Perspective
GlassBeach 1 month ago

Interesting to note how Tracy so solidly and swiftly integrates yogic philosophy into practice. After all, that's why I am hitting the mat. It hit me hard, as my eyes crossed slightly and I viewed three pair of prayer hands, how many different ways we can see our world, yet I am fixed on one way. I'm floored with the realization of how conditioned I am. So, I wonder, if I start to play more with my body, I might find the place that exists without conditioning? Freedom perhaps? Ah, but there I go searching. Ha! I am deeply grateful for free access to this idea, this class, this practice.
When squatting, I note that I am leaning way forward and if I attempt to hold a little more solidly with core and lift a bit with my heart, I topple over backward. So, in order to maintain balance, I need to really lean forward, almost rounding my back. Are there any shifts I can play with or any progressive poses I can practice to sit comfortably in malasana (I am not sure this is correct name of pose, but I mean squatting with butt low and hands in prayer with elbows pressing against inner thigh.)? Is it a post that is "supposed to be" comfortable and not a lot of energy to hold?

Tracey Noseworthy 1 month ago

Hi, you are absolutely right in the name of the posture. Thank-you for your kind words, and I love that you have discovered a little bit more about yourself. It's a wonderful journey of self-exploration and curiosity so keep up the playful and willing side of your practice.
In regards to the balance in malasana I would suggest a block placed under your butt so you can broaden the sit bones and settle into the space. Steady the anchor and lift from the pelvic floor area, and at the same time draw the lower, outer ribs in initiating a deeper core connection. You can use the block for a few weeks, to settle into the hip flexors and soften the hips and initiate a deeper connection in balance and strength. Hope that helps.

Eyes open
janets63 2 months ago

I always love Tracey's classes, she talks soo beautifully through all poses. Curious though, in this class why you kept making us aware of our eyes being open? One thing I know about myself, I spend a lot of time in a class with my eyes closed when possible. This was something I had to keep myself aware of keeping my eyes open. They wanted to be closed, I wanted t go inward to my place of comfort.
Thank you Tracey

eyes open
Tracey Noseworthy 2 months ago

Hi Janet, thank-you for your question. It really brings up the theme of the class which is to shift our perspective. We spend a lot of time with our heads down, eyes closed and moving through life in a rather habitual way. I wanted to offer the eyes open alternative so that we can still steady our mind and keep our practice even when life seems to distract us. Keep practicing both ways, eyes open and eyes closed.

gentle and challenging
Hkeppy 3 months ago

Another great practice with Tracey. Perfect pace, instruction and some newer stretches that helped shake some unknown tension loose. Thanks, Tracey!

I really appreciated ...
texasrockstar 3 months ago

I really appreciated this class. My back, heart and throat feel much more open afterwards.

I never realized ...
Culpritsmom 3 months ago

I never realized how often I close my eyes mindlessly. It was great to mindfully keep my eyes open. This practice was so well rounded. Loved it!

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goddess50 3 months ago

LOVED this practice! So unique, not only in the approach but also in some of the flows and transitions. It was quite a revelation to me to notice how often I wanted to close my eyes! Keeping them open totally changed the practice. I especially loved the binds and the wonderful twists. Thank you again Tracey :)

Humbling, both physically ...
debkiger 3 months ago

Humbling, both physically and mentally. Challenging to both body and mind.