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Trina Altman  Creator of Pilates Deconstructed® & Yoga Deconstructed® | Online Courses | International Workshops| Embodiment Nerd|

Sound on👂.
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Who says you can’t partner dance, improve pulling strength AND learn about your scapulothoracic joint during your yoga practice?
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Tell me that “I can’t do something” and I will respond with “What would happen if we tried it?.
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“What would happen if?” is one of my favorite questions to ask myself & my students. It opens up a whole new world of possibilities. .
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Instead of asking yourself what is the right way to do a pose or movement, try asking “What would happen if I tried it this way? Or that way?”
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Asking this question often helps us find more useful information about the pose AND unleashes your creativity....
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Want to unleash your creativity? Come to my Yoga Deconstructed®: Creativity Meet Science workshops October 6-7 at @thebhaktishopyogacenter in Portland, Oregon. .
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Click the “PORTLAND WEEKEND OF WORKSHOPS” link in my bio to learn more.

You might have heard that rolling down and up was bad for people with low back pain or that you’re more likely to hurt yourself if you stand up with a rounded back.
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Is this true? It’s a common question, especially for people with low back pain and injuries.
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If you’ve ever wondered what’s the best strategy for transitioning out of forward fold,, or if you should only hip hinge to come into a forward fold, then we’ve got you covered!
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The Movement Logic team - @sarahcourtdpt , @laurelbeversdorf and I - are hosting a FREE LIVE Q&A WEBINAR July 7, 1pm PST, to take the mystery out of working with students with low back pain or just maintaining low back health. Hip-hinging versus spinal flexión will be a big one we address!
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Sign up to join the live webinar here: https://bit.ly/2xer4Wj or click the webinar link in the @movementlogictutorials or in my bio!
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(And if you can't make it, you'll have access after it's over via our newsletter!)

Congratulations Alex!! We loved celebrating YOU this weekend:-). #psychologymajor #stanfordgrad #familytime

I’ve always struggled with finding stability in Warrior 3 pose. Until I started doing single leg RDL’s. .
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What are single leg RDL’s? RDL stands for Russian Dead Lift. .
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The Single-Leg RDL helps to eliminate strength imbalances on the left and right sides of the body. Practicing them regularly also improves lower-body stability, which protects the knees from injury.
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I love to teach them in my yoga and Pilates classes with a block or a mat to regress the original exercise. .
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CHECK : Warrior 3
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. • Step 1: Stand balancing on your right leg and hold a dumbbell with your left hand in front of your thigh. .
• Step 2: Sit your hips back + allow your right knee to bend slightly. Your left leg should be straight (it's OK if there's a slight bend in the knee). .
• Step 3: Keeping a neutral spine, continue to hip hinge until the block is at about mid-shin height. .
• Step 4: Drive through your heel + send your hips forward to stand up to the starting position.
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Afterwards (see video 2) I like to play around with random single leg balance movements + use a mat instead of the block. This allows for creative expression, perturbation + an added balance challenge! .
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RECHECK Warrior 3
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If there’s no improvement, start practicing Single Leg RDL’s (and double leg RDL’s) loaded with weights! .
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Want more ideas like this to bring strength into your yoga poses + Pilates exercises? .
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Come to my BEACH WEEKEND BY THE SEA. August 18-19 at @reposeyogastudio in Newburyport, Massachusetts:-). Click the link in my bio to register...space is limited! .
Sound on for cues. .
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For the full video go to my Youtube channel: Trina Altman

Then and now...happy 50th wedding anniversary to my mom and dad! I’m so lucky to have parents that showed me what a partnership filled with love, laughter and living life to the fullest looks like. I love you!!💕❤️😘

I’m so excited to teach my YOGA DECONSTRUCTED® Weekend of Workshops in HOUSTON!
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There are 4 workshops...come to one or two or take them ALL:)
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I just got word from the studio that spots are filling up so don’t wait to register, especially if you want to SAVE $$$!.
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EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS ON JULY 1....
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WORKSHOP 1: UNWRECK YOUR NECK
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Most of us spend a large portion of our days glued to a computer screen or texting, which often leads to stiffness, pain, and decreased range of motion. ​In this workshop, you’ll learn self-massage techniques to soften your knotty neck + upper back. Then, we’ll address the neck & shoulders focusing on the deep neck flexors—the “core” of your neck.
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WORKSHOP 2: ROTATION: MOVE MORE LIKE A HUMAN & LESS LIKE A PAPER DOLL
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Discover how to build mobility without sacrificing stability using novel exercises that explore dynamic multi-directional movement in the transverse plane. If you’ve ever been afraid to use a kettlebell, didn’t have access to equipment, or were afraid of injury, this workshop is for you.
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WORKSHOP 3: CREATIVE PROGRESSIONS FOR DYNAMIC PELVIC STABILITY
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Old school yoga taught us that all you needed for pelvic stability was to engage the bandhas. However, many practitioners still experience SI joint and low back pain, despite adhering to this practice. In this workshop, you’ll learn preventative strategies and exercises that will keep your SI Joint stable and strong and your low back happy. .
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WORKSHOP 4: PUT SOME SWOOSH IN YOUR TOOSH
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Having strong gluteal muscles can help prevent injury and decrease back pain. But too many times, we’re getting lax in the back. This workshop will dispel myths about what to do with your derriere in yoga poses and help you put some swoosh back in your tush. .
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All 4 workshops are all levels and qualify for Yoga Alliance CEC’s.
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Scroll down and CLICK “Houston Workshop Weekend” in my Linktree BIO TO REGISTER.

Thank goodness for this woman @jennazaffino. She’s changing the Pilates world into a kinder more supportive place one podcast at a time. #Repost @jennazaffino with @get_repost
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I'll admit it. It wasn't always about support for me. A lot of it was about competition (enter former dancer baggage...) As a new teacher, I modeled my behavior based on what I saw others doing. I saw them holding their cards close, grasping at their clients, being very loud about Pilates history, anatomy or special considerations. I thought this was the way to success in the industry and tried on this pathway for years, to my own detriment But, perhaps the biggest misperception I had was that I thought that all of this striving was the way to find happiness in our profession. Boy, was I wrong. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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I had to come to terms with my personal and professional desires in order to move away from what I had been modeling. I was clear on what I wanted: Raw truth, story-telling, imperfection, conversation, encouragement, connection, laughter and space for each individual's process. It seemed utopian, however, I thought that if I could get just a little bit of any of the elements that I desired, it would be worth it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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Then, you guys showed up. Celebrating, connecting, sharing your stories and leaving space for those that were still being written. IG is such fertile ground for our Pilates community - a new community where you're asking for something different from your peers. It's not just about pretty movement or who knows the most anymore. It's about something deeper - worthiness, connection, inclusivity and respectful conversation. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The other way of being - the critique, the analysis, the calling out. It's so FB Forum, circa 2013 (or circa yesterday, depending on what forums you follow.) We're ready to rise, friends. Thank you for showing up again and again. Tag your Pilates running buddies in the comments and let's take this revolution of support to the next level...TOGETHER! .
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#pilatescommunity #pilatesteacher #pilateslovers #positivetalk #ilovepilates #pilateslife #instapilates #celebratelife #pilatesstudio #pilatesworkout

If you’ve purchased my Yoga Deconstructed® online course then you know how much I love integrating circular movements, spirals & oscillations into my classes...
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Well, check out these 3 fabulous videos from my friend & Movement As Medicine colleague @michellenayeli + you’ll see that she ALSO loves to gyrate on helical wavelengths. She’s doing amazing work so check out her offerings!!😉💫🌪🎡🌀🌐
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Want to spiral with me live or online?
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Go to www.trinaaltman.com to find everything I’m up to all in one place. .
#Repost @michellenayeli with @get_repost
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Still digesting the @libfestival magic.

Slowly going through some of the videos from teaching~ here are some snippets of Circular Yoga: floorwork spirals through cobra; shaking & ocillation (for happy tissues!); and side-bending transitions from down dog.

This last one is a big part of my practice and I hope to bring more into regular classes~ it conserves the natural spinal curves + moderate joint range & centration + connects us to a functional core + great coordination of right//left & head//tail.

Really contemplating how to work with the idea that there’s no true symmetry in movement, and that training symmetry -especially static- can limit our movement options in life.... anyone else playing with this?
What kinds of things do you practice?

This is something I’m going to investigate with other somanauts at the Movement Research Intensive starting next week!!!
So excited:))

I’ll be sharing gems from this continuing education // collaborative research june 5-15, I can’t wait!

#neverstoplearning #livingyoga #beyondasana #bodyscience #midrangeisthenewblack video thanks to @bellylady 🙌🏽

I am over the moon excited that there are so many people coming to my Pilates Deconstructed® class @momentumfest called:
Arch, Curl, Connect & Unwind!!
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In traditional Pilates exercises, we often experience movement in a single plane. While this improves strength and stability, life happens in 3 dimensions. In this class, we’ll explore rotation and spiraling movements across multiple planes for greater freedom, function, and ease of movement!.
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See you next weekend in Colorado @omniinterlocken resort for a weekend dedicated to connecting with like minded people who love celebrating MOVEMENT!.
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I can’t wait to learn from all of the other presenters, see old friends and make new friends. .
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Want to join us? Click the link in my bio or go to: www.momentumfest.com

WHAT DO HALF MOON, SIDE PLANK, WARRIOR 2, AND TURKISH GET UPS ALL HAVE IN COMMON?

They all require strength and control in the coronal plane (aka stepping or moving side to side). However, you rarely practice moving this way in daily life unless you happen to play tennis or are a speed skater.
This is why so many of us struggle with exercises that require weight bearing through one arm when we’re on our side (aka side plank!) or rotating to the side and balancing over one leg (aka half moon!). It’s also why these exercises can feel ouchy on you or your student’s wrists, shoulders, hips, and back. It’s not that they’re bad exercises. However, the body might not be prepared to do them...yet.

This video shows an excerpt from Injury Proof Your Yoga Practice, a 2 hour online workshop that I co-created with @naablevy where I’m breaking down an exercise called SHORT LEVER ROLLING HALF MOONS that you can practice to build strength + control in the coronal plane.

For ya’ll who love the technical speak, this exercise helps you connect to the spiral and lateral line of fascial movement and find the synergy of the internal + external obliques, transverse abdominus, quadratus lumborum, rectus abdominus, + diaphragm.

And if you read that and thought “I’m not sure what that means. I just want my shoulder and back to stop hurting when I take a yoga class or fitness class” all that jargon = more strength + less discomfort when you practice side planks...warriors...or anything else involving being on one arm and/or leg
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WANT MORE WAYS TO BUILD STABILITY + STRENGTH AND REDUCE YOUR RISK OF INJURY?

I’m excited to announce that Injury Proof Your Yoga + Fitness Practice is the bonus for @naablevy program Hips Don’t Lie, an at-home program that gives you (and your students) the tools to reduce hip discomfort, while building mobility + stability. .
These course go together like peanut butter and chocolate.
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When you buy Hips Don’t Lie, you’ll get instant access to Injury Proof Your Yoga + Fitness Practice Online! IF YOU DO THE MATH, THAT’S 2 COURSES FOR THE PRICE OF 1
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TO LEARN MORE, GO TO NAABLEVY.COM/HIPS-DONT-LIE-TA OR GO TO THE LINK IN MY BIO

When you finally get to meet an Instagram friend in real life you must celebrate with movement + chocolate! Thank you @yogadetour for introducing @willowyoga to @katyhooks and thank you Katy for introducing Rachel to me! .
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Thank you Rachel for coming to my class today at @equinox Santa Monica... I’m so happy you are living here in LA!.
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And Rachel is going to give you a hug @yogi.jillian for me when she sees you in Pasadena:-)

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