By Eric Stewart

Just a reminder that the early registration for the Summer Intensive ends tomorrow, Monday July 7 (see sidebar to the left).

If you are interested but can’t do the whole schedule, it is possible to do parts. Let us know if you have any questions.

Today’s practice is an excerpt of a class that I taught earlier this week. It is appropriate for intermediate to more experienced practitioners.

The practice requires a chair, which is used for a supported warrior number III, among other things.

This sequence emphasizes a transition I’ve been using in classes lately that involves turning from a wide-footed standing pose position (where the back foot is rotated slightly in and the heel is on the floor) into a vertical lunge with the heel off the floor.

The balance for this can be a little tricky. If you find it difficult, here are a few things to consider:

As you begin to turn into the lunge, lift the back heel off the floor and feel that the ball of your big toe can be a pivot point, allowing your heel to rotate out.

Make sure that the heel turns up off the floor enough so that the back leg is centered, knee facing down and you have weight in the outside (little toe side) of the foot as well as the inside.

When people don’t fully commit to rolling the heel out to the point where the leg is centered they get stuck in a limbo area that is difficult to keep steady.

Having the heel on the floor is a solid place to be. Having the back foot vertical with weight on the inside and outside of the foot is also a solid place to be. The space in between these two feels not so solid.

If you have any questions, you can contact usĀ here.

For stick figure drawings with some instructions and helpful hints, go here.