As Best You Can

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LOTS of instructions in our classes.

“Dial towards one o’clock.”

"Press the heel to change the stance."

Refined instructions….. “find the lateral line” are directed towards practitioners familiar with our curriculum.

More basic instructions… “micro bend the knees” are aimed towards newer friends still figuring out how to sit on the floor comfortably without wincing.

These are instructions....of course there are instructions.

Just like driving to a destination....there are ways to get there there are instructions.

And some destinations require a bit of traveling…..therefore the need for directions.

The material we work with in our classes is hard.

Not hard like a workout class is hard (been there, done that, wrote two books about it.)

Our classes are hard because we TRAIN ourselves to SEE ourselves…not with judgement but with curiosity.

And we find ways to feel better…..ways that are repeatable, accurate and specific.

And since we are here to LEARN something useful and useable.…. there are instructions

If you are new to class, the instructions may sound a bit like a command.

“Take the arm forward.”

Yet nothing is EVER a command.

Lordy no.

Every SINGLE instruction comes with an unspoken phrase, understood between teacher and student.

And that phrase is:


After every “rotate towards 2 oclock” trust that I am silently adding on "as best you can."

Of course new students might not be able to HEAR this silent “as best you can” which is why ALL new students are required to come early to class, so I can explain it.

Everyone is required to meet with me before their first class…….because reading this stuff in a generic ”what to know before class” list on a website tends not to work as well as a genuine interaction between teacher and student.



What is Technique?

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What does technique really mean? ⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣💃In the dancer world? ⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣🔥In the science world?⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣🚴‍♀️ In the athlete’s world?⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣💥 In the wizard world?⁣⁣⁣

⁣⁣⁣Technique is skillful and efficient practices for specific results.⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣
⁣And is built through trying, testing, discarding.⁣⁣⁣
⁣You can build techniques to:⁣
⁣⁣⁣self soothe⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣self regulate⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣wake up⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣ and calm the heck down⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣Your techniques don’t need to work for EVERYONE⁣⁣….⁣
⁣⁣Lordy no.⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣What you built is custom made….as intended….so it CAN’T work for everyone ⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣But the technique YOU built will work.⁣⁣
⁣⁣For you.⁣⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣In our classes technique is built through working with timings, duration, intensity, direction, dimension, and patterns.⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣What is taught is HOW to look, refine, analyze, and adapt.⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣What you build is built BY you and FOR you.⁣⁣⁣
⁣⁣⁣And then you OWN it.⁣⁣
⁣So you can take it with you.⁣
⁣⁣This is important.⁣⁣
⁣⁣Because bodies change….we pretend they don’t but they do and we must be able to:⁣⁣
⁣⁣ ✨be a wizard and adjust our spells.⁣⁣
⁣⁣ ✨be a scientist and adjust our desired outcomes.⁣⁣
⁣⁣✨be a dancer and adjust the choreography.⁣⁣
⁣⁣✨be an athlete and change the race, the game and the reason we are playing.⁣⁣
Meet the truth head on….figure out what works and how to work it.⁣
And please don’t underestimate how resilient the body is.⁣
⁣Be wary of those that peddle in fear (that pose is DANGEROUS).⁣
⁣Or delusion (this patented program will lift your spirits, lift your butt and lift your wrinkles)⁣
⁣Yoga was never about bliss or poses….but about POWER.⁣
⁣And there is nothing more powerful than autonomy.⁣⁣⁣⁣


Applying The Clock

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In circular floor work we work with the theme of DIRECTION.

Direction requires us to decide WHERE we want to go.

Direction requires us to confront where we are now.

Direction requires our participation.

And this participation, this directing of not only our body but our ATTENTION, is how we make our practice both USEFUL and USEABLE.

A short tutorial on how to direct yourself in the map of a clock.

Outtakes and Pancakes

This quick clip is an outtake from our upcoming Pancake Series Tutorials.

Sometimes we want to remember some of the work we do in class….but heck…some days it is hard enough to remember where you parked your car.

So I am posting this clip as a REMINDER of what dynamic stretching looks like.

If you have been in even just ONE of our classes in the last eight weeks you will find the dynamic stretch at the end of the clip at least a LITTLE familiar.

As for our extended community across the country and the world this is a quick demonstration of dynamic stretching applied to a pose called The Thinker, which is named after the sculpture by Auguste Rodin.

One of the learning objectives of our curriculum is to figure out HOW to apply technique in a useful and useable way.

And to KNOW if something is useful and useable……well we have to take some time to WORK with it.

So work with this stretch a bit….add it into your toolbox and let me know how it goes.


further reading:

reinventing the pancake

overview of the pancake series

replace accessible with technical

We all want to GET the pose

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We all want to get the pose.

You know the fancy backbend.

Or the full split.

We think there is something THERE.

And if we get there that is...well then something will happen right?

World peace or at least inner peace.


We wonder why so many people feel they are not sure if they are doing yoga right....well maybe because there is such a vague new age definition of what yoga is.


What we are doing is building a PROCESS.

So we have an arsenal of recipes (yes...reliable and accurate recipes) that helps us MANAGE ourselves.

This is so muchmore useful (and magical) that a promise of enlightment or bliss or whatever vague inspirational quote we saw yesterday.

We are building a PROCESS...and since we are BUILDING our own process no one can take it away.

We are building, through testing and trial and both individual and community, our own process of practice.

Something useable and useful.

And useable and useful beats out getting "that pose" everytime.


Replace Accessible With Technical

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One word changes everything.

So many people over age forty get told to do accessible yoga.

And “accessible” doesn't really mean anything anymore.

It is a vague description.

What if instead of seeking something accessible you decided to make your yoga technical.

You would rely on technique...instead of kinda hoping maybe something would be easy enough to do.

What if you tested technique...on yourself...over see if you practice could be useful.

Useful for you.

Don't believe a word I say.


An accessible backbend.

Versus a technical backbend.

Which one would work for you?

An accessible pranayama practice.

Versus a technical pranayama practice.

Which one sounds like it would make a difference?

Most things can be accessible....that is a matter of scaling up or down.

But when you make your practice technical…well then it can be remarkable.



:::from ariadne’s thread and other practices by wini linguvic

PS: Accessible is a worthy goal. But a technical approach makes anything accessible.

A Faster Horse

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If I would have asked people
what they wanted they would have asked for a faster horse
— Henry Ford


in search of home practice

we instinctively try to


a yoga class

at home


this is understandable

good yoga classes

can help us


and we want that feeling

of feeling


all the time


but in our quest

to replicate

a yoga class

we miss out

on the REAL potential of

home practice


we miss out on being

the driver

the decider

the leader


only in home practice

can you reveal

to yourself



capable you are


your home practice is an entirely different vehicle

than a video

or a


or a



in class you LEARN to self soothe

at home you self soothe

in class you LEARN to self regulate

at home you self regulate


this highest form of self care

is not possible

in a group setting.

although we learn it in a group setting.



from ariadne’s thread and other practices by wini linguvic

ps: a personal practice is not a solo version of a class, no matter how good your classes are.

it is not a faster horse.

it is something else entirely.

Reinventing The Pancake

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Our curriculum for May and June will dive deep into the pancake series.

The pancake series contains straddles, side body work, and a whole bunch more.

Anything new, outside the realm of our current practice, is scary…because it is unknown.

And straddles, or pancakes, are often THROWN into the mix of a class or done without any real understanding of what they are for and how they might be useful.

So they are either scary as heck or misunderstood.

And for those of us that have these movements in their repertoire, well once you have competency in a movement, what are you going to do with it?


The goal of the pancake series is not a single pose but the process of testing the stuff we talk about in class all the time.

What if you were to approach pancake…a useful version that works for YOU…as a two month long project?

Once a month, once a week or three times a week, come to class when you can.

Lets test this stuff we talk about all the time.

Bring your questions and bring your answers.


PS: if you hate pancake pose please come to class anyway. You will learn how to cut pancakes in half, flip them upside down and cut them up into tiny bite size accessible pieces.


reach out with any questions

Information Conquers Fear

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The prerequisite for going deep is the ability to descend and ascend with control. 

Sure you can fall into it...but then how the heck do you get out of it? 

Lets not confuse practice with performance. 

Repeat that.

Lets not confuse practice with performance.

There are sixteen ways you can scale this pose up or down.

Or class time is spent on HOW to scale.

Because the process of figuring out how to work your yoga so it works is time well spent.

There are sixteen ways to scale this pose.

What we learn to do is to see what is needed NOW and to figure out what progression and what variation

is right for TODAY.

Information conquers fear.

Better yet…...GOOD information with intelligent integration conquers fear.


a conversation

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training your attention


a conversation


your patterns 

and your potential


a conversation

is when there is a pause

and more than one viewpoint

not an ongoing monologue

of endless words that masquerade as truth


are simply words

of habit.


patterns of thought



and repeated

and repeated


we confuse habit




we fall into the trap

thinking these words ARE us

that we are







what we are hearing are simply habit and history

repeated so many times

that we are fooled into thinking they are permanent

and we mistakenly think

we can’t control them


habit and history

may indicate

but they need not dictate

once we realize

we have a choice.


from ariadne’s thread and other practices by wini linguvic

Good Technique

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Good technique liberates us from our habits.

What we do repeatedly becomes ingrained.

If we repeat crappy thoughts often enough…. those crappy thoughts become part of us.

If we slump into a pathetic exhausted heap in a yoga class, our body learns to do that automatically.

So lets build techniques that elevate us.