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Padmasana, or the Lotus posture, is one of the most important yogic seats. It is one of the best positions for pranayama and meditation due to the energetic opening it creates in the lower body combined with the stability and firmness it brings to the spine.
For many, this posture presents challenges due to stiffness in the hips, groins, ankles, and knees. This workshop will help those challenged by padmasana to better understand the structure of the pose, as well as the pathway of practice that will allow it to unfold over time.
The workshop includes a 15-minute lecture and a 90-minute guided practice that prepares you to comfortably approach the pose of full padmasana. The practice features joint mobilizations, and a combination of long-held seated postures and simple vinyasas to both stretch and stabilize the joints and connective tissues principally involved in the lotus posture.
This workshop is appropriate for students with a good grounding in the basics of Hatha yoga. Note: the workshop would not be appropriate for anyone with serious knee injuries or other orthopedic injuries or conditions. Please be sensitive to your body's particular needs and limitations and approach any challenging poses with care and respect.
Lotus for the first time! Review by Paulo
This video helped me a lot...at the first time I really did it on the left side...AMAZING!! I recommend it to everyone...Namaste.
(Posted on 1/4/2011)
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About Mark Horner
Mark Horner is a Master yoga teacher who is well known in the San Francisco area, where he has been teaching yoga for almost twenty years. He has studied for over ten years under the prolific Zhander Remete, who created Shadow Yoga. This form of yoga has become an integral part of Mark’s teachings, which you can find in our online selection of Mark Horner yoga Videos. Mark also spent a considerable amount of time learning the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta, which was transmitted by the Indian sage Nisargadatta Maharaj and focuses on finding oneness within the self as well as the fundamental divine nature of man.
With such an in-depth background in yoga, Mark comes well prepared to lead a prosperous yoga community in the Bay Area.
Mark’s Moksha Yoga Shala in Walnut Creek
About ten years ago, Mark founded Moksha Yoga Shala in the popular Walnut Creek area of California. Here, he leads teacher trainings, as well as classes in Shadow Yoga, in addition to the many retreats, workshops, and programs that he administers throughout North America. Whether in person or in our Mark Horner yoga Videos, you will discover in Mark’s teachings the great benefit of his clear, concise and thoughtful approach.
Mark’s Diverse Background
Mark brings with him vast experience as a Certified Rolfer, as well as in classical piano, rock climbing, and the study of Ayurveda and Taoist Internal Arts. This means that he presents a unique mix of creative spirit and physical knowledge to his practice. In our Mark Horner yoga Videos, you will find that he underscores the importance of strengthening inner awareness through yoga as a means to living a better, more liberated life.
Pranamaya Presents Mark Horner Videos and Other Media Products
Explore the many media products offered by Pranamaya that make Mark’s teachings available to you, including our feature interview with him on our blog, The Sacred Cow:Mark Horner on Preparatory Practices. In this Q&A, Mark explains the importance of preparatory work before asana practice (the practice of yoga poses) and how this requires patience. We are proud to deliver the widely sought-after insights as well as full lessons in our series of online Mark Horner yoga Videos.