My Teaser Introduction To Why Sadie Nardini Rocks The World Of Yoga… plus, a few reasons to Modern Dance yourself into poses…

My Teaser Introduction To Why Sadie Nardini Rocks The World Of Yoga… plus, a few reasons to Modern Dance yourself into poses…

Sadie Nardini was once told that she didn’t need to Modern Dance her way into poses. Yes, the very recognizable Sadie, with striking red hair, bangs, cheekbones & Creator of Core Strength Vinyasa, was hinted to stop disrupting the flow of another instructor’s class. I’m not saying every instructor should know every yoga personality that hits a mat and chooses to share their version of yoga on YouTube. However, if some names reach folks like me, your regular yoga class consumer, for those that are in the industry, I must admit, where the hell have you been? Savasana pose or head in the sand pose? (link to amazing yoga photoes, do take the time to click) Anyway, enough eye rolling from me, back to some insights into what’s different about Sadie Nardini’s Core Strength Vinyasa versus Vinyasa with Core Strengthening…

What I love about applying Sadie’s method of getting into poses…

  1. I am one step closer to my goal of being on Dancing with the Stars! If the contestants were taught to flow and experience their body the way Sadie instructs, there would be grace and full expression in all of their moves and they would rock the show. Note that this would be my secret training tool, for when DWTS calls. 😉
  2. Difficult or strength requiring poses feel effortless, allowing me to work harder, go deeper, expand fuller.

So how does it work?

  1. Sadie’s Core Strength Vinyasa is about unfurling the poses, to stack the alignment  (i.e. the bones & muscles) intentionally and safely on top of each other.
  2. Outer Body pose creation (most yoga styles instruction) vs Inner Body pose creation (Sadie’s pose instructions). Under Sadie’s instruction, as I flowed effortlessly into poses, I was surprised by the lightness I experienced within my body by the finished expression, which was its most expansive ever. With Sadie’s methodology, as the body unfurls into poses, the bones and muscles, big or small, have room to align themselves on their journey to the end pose. Sadie was deliberate in having us move into poses how we are typically instructed and then go into the same pose with her deliberate and distinctively different tools. It was then for us to experience and compare the end results and then choose which version we liked better.  On a side note, I like this methodology for teaching anything, we use it in my Iyengar Yoga classes and in my life skills education for myself or the kids, care of Landmark Education. (i.e. Old method vs New method = Compare Results = Chose)
  3. My favorite insight of Sadie’s style is that it acknowledges that the power of the Core starts in the Arch of the Foot. Many of you know that the best way to lift the arches of the foot is to connect all four corners of the foot into the mat. If you don’t connect all 4 corners equally, the Arch of the Foot drops. Thus for yoga, the line of strength, balance and direct connection to the core is lost. I have to admit, when I heard this in the workshop, I’m like, that rocks and is very much aligned with what Plank Yoga Mats are creating.

My Wishful Thinking…

So here’s where a Creative’s mind goes next, all the time with Rose Royce’s, I’m Wishing On A Star, in the background. If I was Sadie’s business manager, my next product development discussion would be… “Hey Sades, whatcha wanna create next that has our students connect more deeply to their core foundations?

Team member #1: Darling, how about a tee shirt… Team Member #2: how about making rocks that say Rock…

To which Sadie says, “Hey folks, those are fab ideas, however, you know I’ve got this great mat whose grip is activated the more it gets warmed up, have you heard about them? They make yoga practitioners work their cores from their foundations. Let’s get that Plank girl (artistic creative license) and those Kickstarter folks on the line pronto!”

My Take Aways…

Moving on from my daydreams and my internal core desire and back to what I got from Sadie’s Core Strength methodology. Now, aware of the internal bodily difference it creates, I have enjoyed putting it into practice in the classes I am taking. Not that I want to disrupt the flow of the instructor, however, to date in class, as I create poses as instructed, if the pose feels strained or tight when I’ve fully landed then I’ll recreate the pose again. I will choose a do-over pose. Instead of whipping myself up, misaligned and fixing the pose on arrival, I will choose to move conscientiously unfurling and arriving into the pose, already aligned.

  1. This new insight has me want to experience more of Sadie’s instruction, so I was excited to see that one of my instructors was in the workshop, Amy Coleman of South Boston Yoga and beyond, fingers crossed she may include some of Sadie’s signature moves into her future classes. Don’t worry there were 80+ instructors present, so no doubt an instructor in your ‘hood will bring Sadie’s distinctions to the mat.
  2. Sadie has generously uploaded tons of videos onto her YouTube Channel, so that I/we can experience her methodology when there are no local instructors willing to instruct from Inner Body Pose Creation.
  3. Of late, since I have learned and bodily experienced a new insight, sharing it with the general public, friends or beyond can be tricky. The experience of an incredible lightness of being, as created in Sadie’s classes, was true. For me, doing the Funky Core Plank, on first introduction with ease and grace, is not a given, there is something here in Sadie’s methodology of  unfurling to open into poses. You don’t have to believe me, however if you’re struggling getting into or being in poses for a long time, then consider being open to a new perspective… I love discovering things that work. And this stuff really works and makes a tangible difference in my practice.

What tools, methodologies and technologies light you up? I’m all ears… PS, if you’ve got a great picture of you in Funky Core Plank, I’d love to share it…

WHG, an expert in all things, shoes + heels + fitting yoga into a busy lifestyle…


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