Replace Accessible With Technical

frog bow reinventing pancake

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

a faster horse
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

feel better

and we want that feeling

of feeling


all the time


but in our quest

to replicate

a yoga class

we miss out

on the 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

straddle study.jpg

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

scale up or down.jpeg

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

a conversation.jpg

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

good technique.jpg

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.



A yoga practice is a chance to CONNECT the dots.

We can CONNECT how the shape of a pose can change the state of the mind.

We can CONNECT how a technique has the potential to fortify or deplete us.

We can CONNECT how repetition of a one thing done well provides a baseline to do MORE things well.

But sometimes we get distracted.

Instead of connecting the dots we get caught up in the more common practice of collecting the dots.

We work on doing MORE.

More poses.

More classes.

More “research”.

Everyone is selling us MORE.

Scaring the shit out of us….because if you don’t have THIS or THAT you don’t have IT.

So we are told to collect MORE so what we are doing might have more of a chance of working.

So we collect videos.

And advice.

And inspirational pictures and motivational quotes.

And retreats.

And festivals.

Whatever works for you works for you.

If it is working.

Collecting makes you good at collecting.

It doesn’t help at all with CONNECTING.

In our earnest efforts we get so damned busy COLLECTING the dots that we miss out on the alchemy that occurs when we find ways to CONNECT the dots.


shoulder circuits

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In our practice we practice movement patterns.

To see how we move.

And how we move NOW is different then how we moved BEFORE.

And how we will move TOMORROW depends on how we move TODAY.


We do not get stuck in the idea of what we can’t do.

Because we are more interested in what we can.

We practice optimal movement patterns by traveling THROUGH them.

And we repeat where it feels shaky.

Until it doesn’t feel shaky.





esoteric (definition): intended for or understood by only a chosen few, as an inner group of disciples or initiates, beyond the understanding or knowledge of most people.


tend to use the word


as a shield

to prevent us

from trying.


it is too hard

too advanced


it is hard

it is advanced

most stuff that works

takes work.


esoteric practice is not exclusively


those people

who sell yoga scents

and sense.

lordy no.


do not be intimidated by new age vernacular

that masquerades as wisdom

deeper knowledge is built one skill at a time.

in a language clear and concise


complex concepts

require understanding of simple concepts



is not impossible

it is

just elusive.


from Ariadne’s Thread and Other Practices by wini linguvic

so much gratitude to Nevine Michaan who taught me there is magic in science and science in magic.