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BTW gauri: good for you learning to skate- now you know about balancing! ;-) I guess that 1/8-inch of steel goes a bit beyond the challenge of Warrior III or Half Moon. With your yoga background, you are perfectly set up for success, since skating is all about alignment, body awareness, and subtle coordinations. Feel that body-blade connection and enjoy! :-)


Looking at the photo, I am confused- I don't see what the text recommends, at least in the final pose. The model's elbows are nowhere near in front of her fingers, they are more directly over her knuckles, maybe slightly in front. Also, the angle of her arms to the floor looks like 80 degrees or a bit less- no so dramatic to my eye. Couldn't the overall action be termed a suspended cat-back pose? So it seems to me.


Finally I managed to get my feet off the ground. The funny thing is that I had no intention to do so, I just wanted to understand the pose a bit better and get closer to lifting my feet. Once I heard, that every pose contains a lesson and I think I only got that lesson by trial (many of them...) and getting advice from teachers and articles from time to time. I just had to feel what is meant by those instructions ;)


Yes, I could definitely use a picture on all poses.


I teach yoga and practice every day. I am able to do crane pose very easily. How I learn is keep practicing every day for 1-2 two minutes. Body is adjusted itself to get to know where would be the balance of the body. Currently I am learning ice skating,,,,It was awe full in the first class and after 5 class at least i can walk on the ice with out fall. So Practice is the "key".

Deb De Haven

I love these detailed lessons. However, I find it hard to practice by myself. It would be great if we had audio instructions online to follow while learning these complex moves. That way we could move into a pose step by step without having to look at the copy.


a picture of thi sis essential

elbows past fingers.. while it makes sense fo rthe author sounds liek injury city to me


a picture of thi sis essential

elbows past fingers.. while it makes sense fo rthe author sounds liek injury city to me


I'm going to try this! I get the sense that I do need to shift my weight.

Thanks. Very valuable.


It would be most helpful if you added an image of someone actually in the pose; ideally a few stages demonstrating the different phases of getting into the pose...

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