We begin with the story of James Garfield and Chester Arthur to explore the idea of aparigraha or non-greediness. We then take the lessons and apply them to our asana practice where we temper our tendency to want it all. You will feel graceful and at ease.
Hi Melissa, that's great news that the "almost" sun salute felt nice for your back. To support your shoulders, I'd recommend either practicing this with your knees down, and/or with the hands further out in front of the shoulders, so that the range of motion is smaller but still juicy.....let me know how that works!
I love this version of the sun salutation, especially the Downward Dog to Plank and back to Downward Dog variation! It feels so good in my back and it's less pressure on my wrists. Adding this to my practice and to the classes I teach. Thank you!