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Down Dog Breakdown with Alexis & Teagan

May 16, 2020 @ 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM


Downward facing dog (Adho mukha svanasana) or down dog is one of the most quintessential poses in yoga. In appearance, it is a simple inverted V shape. In experience, it is actually a very complex and nuanced pose that can take years to perfect. In this workshop doctor of physical therapy Alexis and longtime yoga instructor Teagan will break down dog into its component parts and then build it back up again so that you can walk out knowing what your best down dog feels and looks like. We will explore the pose in both its classical form and from the perspective of physical therapy so that you can create a down dog that best supports the health and well-being of your body in the long haul.

In down dog what is the optimal placement of the hands? Where should the shoulder blades be? How straight should your legs be? Should your heels be on the ground? All of these questions and more will be addressed.

Alexis Dispenziere holds a doctorate of physical therapy from Drexel University in Philadelphia. She has been practicing in outpatient settings for over 5 years, focusing her craft towards pelvic floor rehabilitation and postural restoration. Alexis is a former dancer and active yogi, integrating her passion towards movement, body awareness, and motor control into her physical therapy practice to help her patients meet their activity goals. Outside of the clinic, Alexis enjoys playing with her two cats, meeting with friends for dinner, and living life fully with her boyfriend.

Teagan Schweitzer has been dedicated to teaching yoga in Philadelphia for over 10 years and has taken teacher trainings in a variety of styles. She is a registered E-RYT 500 yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance. She combines her knowledge from these studies to offer unique, challenging, expertly taught, well-aligned yoga classes, workshops, and teacher trainings. Aside from pursuing yoga studies, she has a Ph.D. in Anthropology and researches food in Philadelphia in the 19th century. She graduated top her class in culinary school at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Her passion for movement and form traces back through a long history in dance, both amateur and professional, and extends to all modalities of fitness and physical practice.


May 16, 2020
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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Sanctuary Yoga & Mindfulness


Sanctuary Yoga & Mindfulness
1233 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107 United States
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