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In addition to what I would say on my yoga teaching blog, in longer form I would talk about how the affordance of injury has been to feel more deeply into my anatomy and alignment, not only in the shoulder girdle, but also in the core, pelvis, and everywhere. To know what muscles ache or need to be stretched, or what they can tolerate in a practice is a profound and powerful thing. So rather than viewing the injuries as setbacks, which they were superficially, on a deeper level they have given me a deeper, more aware practice. My work now is to convey this in my teaching.

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While I had been on hiatus from regular yoga teaching since the second of two shoulder injuries, I have been back in the studio subbing for a bit. Those of you who subscribe to my newsletter or follow me on Facebook have been alerted to these opportunities. I expect more of these opportunities as the summer wears on, what with vacations and such. Be sure to sign up for my mailing list below.

Recovery from my most recent shoulder surgery is going well. I have full range of motion, and I am working on strengthening three of the four rotator cuff muscles. It’s important to me to maintain a regular yoga practice if I am to teach yoga at all, so this recovery has been related to my teaching. I’m not attempting inversions or arm balances, but I am bearing weight in poses as my strength and…

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About Richard Hudak

I am Senior Adjunct Faculty in Sociology at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and I have been a practitioner of Anusara™ yoga. I have completed 200 hours of teacher training within its diaspora community, consistent with its philosophy and alignment principles.
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