A Midwesterner from the Windy City, Mary Dana Abbott currently resides in New York where she is Creative Director of Laughing Lotus. She first found herself on a yoga mat over 25 years ago when her Dad would take them to a Hatha Yoga class at the local dance center. Since then she has studied numerous diciplines and styles, finding Laughing Lotus in 2004- and pretty much never leaving. Known for detailed attention to alignment and precise transitions, her classes are thoughtful explorations of asana designed for anyone to reach their fullest potential. She believes in an easy-going approach that makes the practice fun and spirited and always has pitch perfect playlist to match the movement. Mary Dana has lead teacher trainings and taught workshops both coasts and three continents. She thanks her teachers Dana Flynn, Jasmine Tarkeshi, Sharon Rudy and all her students for their constant inspiration.
This hour of power will help you align your pelvis, lower and upper back in common asanas and transitions, while exploring some new ones as well. Explore "the backbend before the forward bend," and go deeper into your practice with accessible and smart alignment.
A sequence exploring "chest bandha", a cue that helps you engage the upper abdominals, and activation of the hamstrings to take the body into a number of asanas. Primary focus is prepping the body to "float" into forearm stand, and working towards the hollow back variation.
Sometimes you need something to lift you up. This class allows you to tap into your own power to do just that. Core work, standing poses, some arm-balancing and a short meditation round out this fluid and fun practice.
The spaces between the events of our lives can teach us so much. Same goes for the shapes between the asanas we both visit and strive for everyday. This short practice explores fun and meaningful transitions designed to take you safely and simply into more advanced postures. A companion practice to the class, "Curiosity in Motion."