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Chaturanga clinic:

Find your strength & stability



Challenging and strength-building, chaturanga dandasana (four-limbed staff pose) is probably one of the most frequently practiced postures in vinyasa classes.  In this workshop you will learn the alignment, mechanics of Chaturanga through fun exercises and creative prop variations so that you can build a healthy strong sustainable chaturanga practice.


We’ll talk about the common myths and pitfalls of this pose. We will look at modifications that will help you access Chaturanga in your body when needed, whether you are building strength or recovering from an injury.  We will also look at ways to not do chaturanga and the reasons why Knees-chest-chin is not a suitable chaturanga alternative.


Chaturanga is a difficult asana. And it can take years and years to embody the subtleties of alignment in this posture.  It is important to work towards it in a safe way that supports healthy shoulders. 

Workshop Content:


  • What is chaturanga and why do we do it?

  • Steps to refine and build strength toward full, sustainable chaturanga

  • Ramped up quality of transitions into and out of chaturanga

  • Options for modifying the pose without losing out on strength building

  • Explore alignment and mechanics of Chaturanga through props

  • Learn Injury prevention techniques to support healthy shoulders

  • Explore fun, suitable alternatives

Refine your chaturanga, save your shoulders!

Who is this workshop for?

This workshop is suitable for all levels and abilities. 

Timing : Saturday 16th November 2019 (120 minutes)

Joining Fee: 150 aed 

Venue: Yoga House in The Greens, Emaar Business Park

About the instructor: Joanne smallwood

Joanne has been practicing yoga since 1997 and teaching since 2005. Joanne leads Vinyasa flow classes that are dynamic, fluid, energizing and self-motivating. Filled with technique, alignment and a systematic approach to building strength, mobility and balance, her classes offer an array of intelligent sequences covering a wide variety of themes. 

She has a keen eye for reading bodies and helping people work through limitations to build a stronger more powerful practice.

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