Niroga Events

Deconstructing Asana: How to find more ease and less pain in your favorite yoga poses

A three-part workshop series:

Part I: Upper body
Sunday March 24th, 2013 from 2-5pm
Early bird registration deadline: March 20

Part II: Lower body | Register online
Sunday April 14th, 2013 from 2-5pm
Early bird registration deadline: April 10
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Part III: Core | Register online
Sunday April 28th, 2013 from 2-5pm
Early bird registration deadline: April 24

Location: Niroga Yoga Studio
Cost for the three-part series: $90
Cost for one part: $45 at the door. (Early bird discount/member discount: $35)

In this three part workshop series, we will explore the anatomy, intention, alignment, and biomechanics of some of the most common yoga poses. By learning the regional anatomy and joint movement patterns of the upper body, lower body, and core, you will find more comfort in your poses, and prevent injuries. Some fundamental questions that we will address include:


  • Why does it matter if your legs are internally rotated?
  • Should I be engaging my core or letting it relax?
  • What’s going on with the alignment of my pelvis?
  • What can I do if I have back pain?

Triangle pose:

  • But, my neck hurts when I look up... why should I do it?
  • It looks easy, but where is the rotation coming from?
  • What about revolved triangle... a tip for stronger rotation

Warrior I, II, and III

  • How to get your hips to and feet to agree with each other in good alignment
  • Why are my hips held differently in Warrior III than in Half Moon?
  • Why are these standing poses so important?

Downward dog:

  • How to build a solid foundation
  • Build strength and stability in the shoulders
  • Getting to plank... and beyond
  • This pose is the building block for so many more...


Dr. Sandy BairdDr. Sandy Baird, DC is certified in Active Release Techniques (ART), Graston Techniques and SpiderTech taping, which have become the gold standard treatment modalities for soft tissue injuries. She has been invited to provide treatments at marathons, trail runs, and triathlons, including See Jane Run triathlon, Oakland marathon, Brazen Racing events, and the Nike Women’s marathon. An expert in biomechanics, Sandy also speaks to numerous local running groups and clubs on a variety of topics such as injury prevention, treatment of specific injuries, nutrition, and recovery techniques. She maintains a personal yoga practice, and is currently training at Piedmont Yoga’s Deep Yoga Teacher Training program.