Alison West

The Scapulohumeral Rhythm

  • Level: Intermediate / Advanced
  • Length: 4 min
  • Location: Yoga Union

How many times have you been in yoga class and the teacher says, "Drop your shoulders"? Well, that may be exactly what you shouldn't do, says alignment expert Alison West. Most teachers and students misunderstand the scapulohumeral rhythm, or the movement in the shoulder where the scapula meets the humerus. Watch Alison to learn how to do this essential pose correctly.

 
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Parsva Bakasana (Side Crow Pose)

  • Level: Intermediate / Advanced
  • Length: 20 min
  • Location: Yoga Union

Parsva Bakasana is one of those elusive poses that can topple even the most seasoned of practitioners. Join esteemed senior teacher Alison West as she leads you through a series of precisely targeted preparatory poses that will acquaint you with the core mechanics (kinesiology) and have you landing graceful Side Crow Poses from now on.

 

About Alison

Alison West, Ph.D, ERYT, is director of Yoga Union and co-director of the Yoga Union Center for Backcare. She established Yoga Union in 1996. Alison is known for her dynamic and precise instruction. She has extensively studied both Iyengar and Ashtanga Yoga, along with the philosophy of yoga and meditation. Alison is considered to be a “teacher’s teacher,” and conducts the “gold standard” of teacher trainings in NYC. Learn more at YogaUnion.com.

Alison West at Yoga Union

Alison West at Yoga Union

Consciousness is the over-arching first principle governing all we do. Yoga gives students the tools to carry this principle from the studio into everyday life.
— Alison West, Yoga Teacher Trainer