Yoga Insights & Tips from Brooke Palmer

The lovely Brooke Palmer teaches Vinyasa Flow 1-2 on Tuesdays, 1:15-2:15pm. Haven’t tried practicing in the afternoon? You just might love it. Read on to see the kind of inspiration and learning you could gain from working with Brooke.

Q. What is a posture you wish teachers spent more time breaking down for their students?

Chaturanga. I think this pose is often rushed and not fine tuned. I see a lot of dumping in the low back and shoulders. It’s about finding the balance between the two and using the sternum to extend the body forward.

Q. What is a common ‘mistake’ you often observe in classes?

One of the most common mistakes I see in class is in Warrior 3, I see a lot of dumping into the hamstring as well as folding forward rather then finding the extension of the pose.

Q. What’s the best advice you’ve received regarding the practice of yoga?

The greatest advice I have been given in this practice is to listen to my body. I have battled a nagging injury for years in my wrist, It flares up every summer and I am forced to give up my practice while I heal. It’s humbling and infuriating at the same time, but it’s my chance sit in my body and notice where I need a little more love.

Q. What advice would you give to someone that feels ‘stuck’ in their practice?

My advice to them would be to begin with an intention. Each time I come to my mat, I come with a different intention. One day, take it slow, the next–focus on breath. Yoga is about finding space where you need it and then utilizing it, that doesn’t always mean in your body, sometimes we need that space more in our minds.

Q. What kind of yoga do you practice when you want to calm down or experience a peaceful mindset?

I love restorative yoga and what it does for both my body and my mind. Restorative is about sitting in a pose for a while and noticing what comes up and then letting that go, GREAT THERAPY! It also calms me into my deepest state. I think people are curious and cautious at the same time about restorative!

Q. How has yoga changed you? Over what period of time did that change occur?

In every which way this practice has changed me. Mentally, physically ,emotionally … I find peace and solitude on my mat. I find me on my mat, I find who I want to be on my mat. The yoga community is so unique because it brings together so many different people with different pasts and different journeys, yet all there for the same reason, to benefit from the practice of connecting. Connection is strong.

Q. How do you avoid injury when you practice yoga frequently?

I listen to my body. Each day is different. What I do today, I may not be able to do tomorrow, and I am ok with that.

Q. How do you bring the practice of yoga into your everyday life?

Ha, I TRY my hardest to breathe deep and to lead with an open mind and heart. I am an emotional person and I take things very personally. I am working on that.

Q. What is your favorite yoga quote?

My favorite quote was read by a teacher of mine years ago. It has stuck with me. “You can easily judge the character of a person by the way he treats those who can do nothing for him.” No judgment in yoga ever, but the roundabout meaning of this quote is to treat others the way you would like to be treated.

Q.What keeps you motivated to continue practicing yoga?

This community, for sure.

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