The third and final installment of this years downward dog clinic is all about lengthening the hamstrings to free pelvis in adho mukha svanasana. When done correctly, more than half of the body weight should be borne by the legs in the posture and we must open the backs of the legs and learn to ground the thighs in order for this to occur. Notice the unique use of two straps in this practice to help get an idea of what 'grounding the thighs' really means in the downward dog shape.
I attend Cheryl's class regularly and feel that my practice has improved immensely over the past few years due to her expert coaching. Her teaching style is clear and compassionate and her previous experience in teaching adults is evident in her organized approach and easy to understand instructions. I also appreciate that Cheryl not only teaches us about how to correctly position ourselves, but also touches on many aspects of yoga philosophy, which in turn has deepened my personal practice and heightened my awareness of the connection between mind and body, breath and relaxation.