3 Ways to Modify Paschimottanasana

Modify Paschimottanasana as necessary to find safe alignment in your body.
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Beyond the body

It’s important to remember that the quality of your yoga practice is not defined by the pliability of your limbs or the fortitude of your physique. It’s a deeper experience that is gifted to you through sincere effort over a very long period of time. Yoga requires curiosity, humility, and dedication. Patanjali’s eight-limbed path encourages us to be vigilant practitioners at all times. Begin by studying and refining the ways in which you interact with the outside world and the world inside you. Then you can start to clarify and fortify your body so you can enjoy these potent, subtle practices and their endless gifts. 

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Teacher and model Erika Halweil began teaching yoga in 1998 and has since devoted herself to the tradition of Ashtanga Yoga. Her teachers include K. Pattabhi Jois, Tim Miller, and Eddie Stern. She lives in Sag Harbor, New York, with her husband, Corey De Rosa (owner of Tapovana Ashtanga Healing Center), and their daughters, Milla and Neelu. She teaches at Tapovana and Yoga Shanti and offers private lessons (erikahalweilyoga.com).