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Chatting Chaturanga: A Tutorial

Intermediate II
This yoga class/tutorial takes a brief yet potent look at moving through chaturanga, and floating through upward and downward dog. Chaturanga is a challenging pose to get right and an easy to pose to get a shoulder injury. The focus is on core stability, shoulder placement and the very powerful connection to moving with breath.
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sng4ever
sng4ever
April 5, 2020
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A great tutorial especially to make sure you are doing the pose correctly.

Kiwifruit
Kiwifruit
June 25, 2019
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I have very stiff shoulders and they seem very weak. Otherwise I am healthy and injury free. My questions are, is it normal to feel so much shoulder fatigue that I can’t follow the class without resting in downward dog or on my knees from time to time? There is no sharp pain, just the feeling of discomfort and aching. Also when I drift forward from downward dog to plank, my shoulders extend beyond my wrists and I have to walk my hands forward, is that normal for some people? Or should my downward dog be longer if that makes sense? In general I feel a lot of discomfort in my shoulders but I wouldn’t say pain necessarily, will that go away as I get stronger? If anyone has any advice for me that would be very helpful, thank you!

Virginia Rego
Virginia Rego
May 18, 2020
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Hi Kiwifruit, I thought I was strong in my shoulders (I'm pretty good at rocking out many push-ups!) but found this hard and had to take a couple of breaks. And, I don't know if it's to do with proportions but I always have to walk my hands forward when I transition to plank. I notice that sometimes instructors have to wiggle their feet back a bit so I guess it is common? I am trying to have my feet and hands farther apart in downward dog so I have less adjusting when I drift to plank.

Mhare
Mhare
August 15, 2018
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Loved wakingup and learning with you.

NatalieNZ
NatalieNZ
July 29, 2018
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Thank you for this short, sweet and clear tutorial! I feel more aware, enlightened, about this pose and the transition and position of the feet, arms, back. Namaste from Switzerland.

M.Doman
M.Doman
June 27, 2018
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Thank you Tracey, really helped to push my boundaries and feel this essential pose as it is meant to be.

Irishlove
Irishlove
May 18, 2018
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I loved this tutorial. It served as a very powerful refresher for me, which I feel is really important. The preparation, alignment, and release is amazing. Thank you so much. ....one thing, I cannot get my knees to stack under my shoulders.... honestly, I'm just being funny, Tracy said that in the beginning and it made me smile remembering how many times I've done things like that as a teacher. This tutorial class is brilliant. Namaste from Ireland.

paquetiko
paquetiko
April 24, 2018
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i have been working on correctly doing chaturanga for ages and this helped me so much! i feel like i am much closer and now understand the transition so much better!!

Marina S
Marina S
April 13, 2018
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Such a sweet tutorial. Thank you for this, it really helps me focus on my alignment during the transitions between upward and downward facing dog. i have been working diligently on "flipping over" my toes and I'm getting there! So this was so timely for me. And much appreciated! Will keep this in my rotation for sure.

TaimiC
TaimiC
April 10, 2018
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Tracy provides space for me to really examine how my wrists, shoulders and core work together for plank and chattaranga. Not a one time tutorial! I'll be using it several times to build muscle memory and increase strength. And it's a nice way to start the day on top of all that. Thank you, Tracy!

Kitkatkatey
Kitkatkatey
April 9, 2018
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Very encouraging class. I'm not there with chataranga yet but I have something to aim for now.

Thank you

LisaYogini
LisaYogini
April 6, 2018
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Really helpful points about using the core in chaturanga, and how to correctly flip the toes over for upward facing dog. Great!!

Druidcat497
Druidcat497
April 6, 2018
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I need to work on this but my shoulders feel amazing! And I held plank a bit longer than I thought I could.