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with Annie Carlin

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I want to:

  • Show you how to make the yoga practice work for you, with the body you have now, and do amazing things on the mat.
  • Let you know that yoga is for anybody who is willing to give it a try – yes even you!
  • Teach you how to modify any asana for your body.
  • Help you build strength, endurance, flexibility and confidence that you can take off the mat and into the world.


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Supportive Yoga Blog :: The Latest

Getting Started with Inversions

Hi everyone! As promised on instagram last week, here is the Supportive Yoga Guide to Getting Started with Inversions.  I’ve spent a lot of time over the years figuring out these poses for my body and I am super stoked to share what I’ve learned with you.  So if you think you would never be able to go upside down, or you look at those crazy inverted poses on instagram and wonder how you can build up to that point, this video is for you!  We’ll tackle the prep poses, talk about how you know whether you are strong enough to give these poses a shot and I’ll show you how to use the wall (no other props required!) to build your inversion practice! As I say about 5000 times in the video, I’m only teaching handstand and forearm stand and not headstand or shoulder stand.  Why?  Because I firmly believe that learning those poses over the internet is a terrible idea.  A safety disaster.  Your neck is precious and I really don’t want you to injure it – it’s not hard to do.  If you are interested in these poses, please find a qualified teacher in your area to help you!  Ok, enough lecture!  Here’s the video: And here are links to the videos I mention at the end: hallway handstand and chair headstand. Please let me know if you have any questions and happy...

Stepping Forward and Back in Sun Salutations

Hi everyone!  I got a question a week or so ago about how to step forward and back during sun salutations if you don’t have time/don’t feel like messing around with blocks – or maybe they aren’t available.  Now, I love props – a lot – obviously, but I totally understand that sometimes you just don’t want to deal with them, or you don’t have them handy, so I’m really glad I got this question and I’m so happy to share this video with you!  I give you a few different options to try (and get a little out of breath by the end – this was a good workout!).  My goal is to empower you to feel comfortable in any class you like, even those fast-paced vinyasa classes, if that’s the practice you prefer, even if your body doesn’t do exactly what the teacher says to do! I briefly say this in the video, but it bears repeating…let’s say you get behind the breath count during class.  Who cares?  I don’t care…and it happens to me all the time.  The nice thing is that downward facing dog is usually held for five breaths in a traditional sun salutation A so you’ll meet everyone there eventually.  Plus, it’s so much more important that you are moving with your own breath than it is to keep up exactly, so cut yourself some slack and don’t rush!  Like most things, sun salutations get easier with practice as your body gets used to the movements – muscle memory is a powerful thing! As always, please let me know if you have any...

Supportive Yoga Warm Up Video

Hi Everyone!  I’m starting to work on filming yoga practice videos for you and I’m really excited to share the first one with you today! Also, I just realized that it’s Wednesday – so I guess this means Sequence Wednesdays are back? Maybe? Ha! Sometimes the hardest part of practicing yoga at home is figuring out how to get started.  So I decided to record my warm up yesterday!  This 12 minute sequence is a great short practice in itself or a nice way to prepare for the rest of your practice (or instagram photoshoot!). Make sure you practice in a way that supports your body today.  Everything is optional and if something doesn’t feel good, don’t do it!  I hope you enjoy it!  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the comments or send me an email at annie@supportiveyoga.com!  Happy...

Which class should I take?

Hi everyone! I’m settled into my DC/Silver Spring digs and getting ready to film some videos for you! In the meantime, my classes start this week and there are a lot to choose from (a very good problem to have) so I thought I’d do a little introduction and tell you a bit about them so you can decide which class is right for you!  I find yoga class names to be confusing at best so while I can’t promise that my definitions will be the same as other teachers’ definitions, maybe this can help you navigate your local studio as well! For those of you who don’t want to or can’t watch the video (though you are missing some awesome awkward laughing) here are some quick descriptions of my classes and what you might expect when you attend them.   I truly believe that you can take any class you like as long as you can do it without hurting yourself (and/or are confident enough to opt out if something isn’t appropriate for you – what really makes you an advanced yogi in my opinion).  You $$ buys the same mat space as anyone else! Yoga Fundamentals: this class is for beginners, especially those who have never done yoga before or maybe did it once 10 years ago.  We’ll start slowly, learning how to sit, stand and find out neutral positions on the mat.  Then we’ll break down basic poses – plank, lunges, downward dog, warrior II, tree, triangle etc…nothing fancy – but foundations for the asana practice.  We’ll go over sun salutation modifications and prepare for basics...

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