Every yoga practitioner will be faced some day with the question of how to modify a physical yoga practice to accommodate changing circumstances. It’s not a question of “if” but “when.” Everything changes, including your body, your athletic ability, your family commitments, your work, and your interests. Some changes are slow and incremental; others are … Continue reading Beyond Ashtanga
5 reasons why 5 breaths in each posture works
If you are new to Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga, then one of the first things you will learn is that each posture (except a few finishing postures) is held for five breaths. Why five breaths? In short, because you are trying to maintain a energizing pace in the practice. An old saying in Ashtanga is “With … Continue reading 5 reasons why 5 breaths in each posture works
Rexx Anthony Samuell is a yoga teacher, seasoned teacher trainer, and former studio manager. Introduced to the 12 postures of Sivananda Yoga while studying theatre and dance at university, Rexx started practicing Ashtanga Yoga in 2002, completing Primary Series in 2003 and Intermediate Series in 2006. From 2008 to 2020, Rexx practiced Primary, Intermediate, and Advanced A Series, in addition to Matthew Sweeney’s Vinyasa Krama sequences (Moon, Lion, and Bound).
Beginning in mid-2020, Rexx shifted his practice to seated meditation in order to develop stability of the mind during the tumult of the pandemic. Since late 2020, he discontinued formal practice of the Ashtanga Series and devoted more time to practice of Vinyasa Krama and seated meditation, while pursuing Olympic weightlifting for strength, power, and grace.
Rexx has attended workshops with Matthew Sweeney, Richard Freeman, David Williams, and Godfrey Devereux. He studies regularly with his main teacher, Matthew Sweeney, in Bali.
In his classes, Rexx is known for his clarity of instruction, his attention to an individual’s needs, and his emphasis on freedom through disciplined practice. His classes are sequenced based upon the needs of the students and draw heavily from an understanding of the principles of movement and progression. Through concentration on alignment within the postures, free breathing and directed gaze, the practices of yoga can be gateways to greater awareness which then seeps into other areas of one’s life.
Saturday May 19th 2018, 1:30pm – 4:30pm: Moon Sequence: An Introduction, held at YogaWorks 14th St Washington DC
Sunday April 23rd, 2017,12pm to 3pm: The Dark Side of the Moon: Introduction to the Moon Sequence, held at Washington Yoga Center
Sunday February 26th, 2017: Light Like a Cat: Techniques to Improve Jumpbacks and Jump-Throughs, held at Washington Yoga Center
Friday May 6th, 2016: Roaring Lion Vinyasa, held at Buddha B Yoga Center
Thursday April 28th, 2016: Moon Sequence, held at Buddha B Yoga Center
Thursday February 25th, 2016: Moon Sequence, held at Buddha B Yoga Center
Sunday February 21st, 2016: The Fourth Limb: Introduction to Pranayama, held at Buddha B Yoga Center
Sunday February 21st, 2016: Light Like a Cat, held at Buddha B Yoga Center