Yoga with Dawn Adams

Dawn's style of teaching yoga and Yoga Tune Up® combines the fundamentals of human movement with a commitment to a balanced, healthy practice.

Operating as usual

Online offerings from Tune Up Fitness on the way! What a great resource during this challenging time #YTUtrain #YTUballs #embodyyourbody #selfcare

Hands up if you want some free classes with me and my team!
All companies are churning behind the scenes to adjust to the new normal in “Safer at Home” conditions. My team at @tuneupfitness is bringing you a number of options this week. We’re so excited to launch and share with you our favorite At Home practices for self-care fitness with Yoga Tune Up and The Roll Model.
First up is our social platform short form classes from our worldwide Teacher community. Every Tuesday and Thursday 11amPST for the next few weeks, we’re building a library on the @tuneupfitness IGTV and FB accounts. Walk your fingers over there for my go-to rollouts and moves for HAND SANITY: A DIGITAL TUNE UP
Later in the week we’ll make announcements about some other offers for our classic programming AND I’m thrilled to tell you that I’m developing a curated LIVE STREAM of classes that will launch 3x weekly starting Friday at 12:30pmPST. These classes will have a fee and a subscription- we need cash flow to help our business make it through this time. This live feed with me will also allow replays and include a mentorship option!. Stay TUNED a for details! 🥳🥳🥳
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And let me know in the comments below your priorities for classes from me so I can start programming them now!
@radiantwellnessandbeauty @laurenbreatheyoga @jasmineroseyoga @mandukastudio @mandukayoga
#yogatuneup #rollmodelmethod #quarantinefitness #selfmyofascialrelease #fascia #selfcare #freefitness #embodyyourbody

[03/20/20]   With the extension of the "Shelter at Home" requirement, I will be taking my Tuesday class digital (9-10am, starting 3/24). Please message me or email me ([email protected]) if you'd like to attend! #YTUTrain #EmbodyYourBody #PracticeatHome

Nest Yoga Oakland Workshops — NEST YOGA

So it's a mixed bag of news -- #TheRollModel training at Nest Yoga Oakland has been postponed due to the "Shelter at Home" restrictions in the Bay Area. Mark your calendars and save the dates: We will be sharing a fascia-nating time, embodying our bodies, and learning self-care strategies the weekend of 5/30-31. Visit for more information! Early bird pricing runs through May 8th :-) Workshops/Events Sign up below!

Explanation Effect: Why You Should Always Teach What You Learn

Via Alison Pignolet -- so true! Every time I teach, I find out what I *don't* know. I don’t know what I think until I write it down.” ― Joan Didion

#Gratitude to this wonderful group of intelligent movers for coming to play with me at YogaWorks Larkspur Landing last week for the #YogaTuneUp certification training -- what a wonderful, enriching experience! Many thanks to Jill Miller for being my mentor and inspiration -- a true Roll Model -- and to Chadd Schaefer for swooping in on Days 5 and 6 to share his knowledge :-) #YTUTrain #YTUballs #EmbodyYourBody #learningisfun #motionislotion #LevelUp

Yoga Tune Up Master Classes

The #YogaTuneUp master classes are now open for registration at YogaWorks Larkspur Landing! If you are interested in the certification and want to experience Jill Miller's approach, these two-hour miniworkshops are a great way to dip your toes in and #embodyyourbody. For more information and to register:
Tune Up Fitness Full payment is required to reserve a space in workshops. All workshops are non-refundable. Cancellations made two weeks or more prior to workshop start date will be issued store credit. No store credit will be given for cancellations made less than two weeks prior to workshop start date. YogaWorks....

Yoga Tune Up Certification

2020 is starting with a big bang! Just two weeks before I teach my first #YogaTuneUp certification at the lovely YogaWorks Larkspur Landing location, and master classes are posting shortly, so there'll be a little something for everyone, from sampling a two-hour master class to enjoying the whole 7-day movement enchilada :-) There's still plenty of time to sign up, and I am so looking forward to sharing Jill Miller's work with a brand-new crop of trainees!
#YTUTrain #YTUBalls #embodyyourbody #motionislotion #movementmayhem #levelup Tune Up Fitness Full payment is required to reserve a space in workshops. All workshops are non-refundable. Cancellations made two weeks or more prior to workshop start date will be issued store credit. No store credit will be given for cancellations made less than two weeks prior to workshop start date. YogaWorks....

Claiborne Davis Yoga & Fitness

Motion is more than just lotion — seems like evidence is mounting that the mind-body connection is a thriving two-way street!

"This is 2020." Happy New Year!

Great article on exactly how exercise (and exercise with an added cognitive challenge) has benefited and continues to benefit our brains across evolution... This is lengthy, but had a lot of great scientific context.

Bored Panda

This is so cool! #anatomyisreal #embodyyourbody

Teacher gives anatomy lesson in a full-body suit that maps out the human body in sharp detail:

What a faBALLous weekend with the super-intelligent folks at @spiritpathyoga in #anchorage! They really kept the ball rolling 😊 and ramped up the creative vibe to 11. Thanks, @akginger_g for facilitating #therollmodel weekend, and for being such a community builder! #YTU #ytutrain #embodyyourbody #selfcareishealthcare #ROLLaxation

How to learn major parts of the brain quickly

This is so cool! I love this novel way to model the brain’s structure #neverstoplearning #brainsarecool

Learn how the brain works in 5 minutes using only your hands. Support me on Patreon: Topics: - Cortex, gray matter - Whit...

What a fun weekend at #yogaworkslarkspur with these super-movers and rollers! We shared a lot of movement play with #therollmodel method and had a ball! Thanks everyone for coming out to play 😊🙏

Yoga with Dawn Adams's cover photo

Photo credit: Marilyn Isaac Photography

Who could resist? Evidently not I 😎💕 such cheerful #blackcats to discover in #newyork

Finally! #hamiltonsf #musicaltheatre #dayout #culture

Jenni Rawlings Yoga

Via Jill Miller, Jenni Rawling’s blog that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking about yoga in the public space. Lots to consider. It’s interesting reading and interesting to contemplate how the digital world is changing our interactions while expanding our potential communities. #whatisyoga #personalpractice #wheredoesthematendandtheworldbegin

This is a *big* topic for me personally, for my fellow yoga teacher colleagues, and for the greater yoga community in general. I therefore poured a lot of thought and time into writing my newest blog post: “What Makes Yoga Yoga? A Response to Social Media Critics”.

Many people claim to know real yoga when they see it. In fact, the act of accusing people of doing something that “shouldn’t be called yoga” in social media videos & posts is becoming more & more common these days.

As innovation in the yoga world rises in the forms of creative sequencing, unique props, and different approaches to the practice, I know that the question of “how much can we innovate and still call it yoga?” is on many of our minds.

Check out my blog post to see how I address the issues of boundaries, authenticity, and social media critics in the yoga world.

I hope this piece offers you an interesting perspective to mull over, and perhaps some helpful ideas for responding the next time someone suggests that what you teach “isn’t yoga”.

Thank you for your support in reading and sharing this perspective if you feel that its message is of value! 💙

Paper bags rock!

3-Day Tune Up

Summer is for self-care! This is a great way to remind yourself to do a little every day to keep yourself moving. #YTUtrain #TheRollModel #SelfCareIsHealthCare Register today and for three days, receive video and friendly anatomy information to help target your pain and help you live and feel better in your body!

“And all I see is my domain” ~ #PandasRule

Self-care should be high priority in these stressful times, and I appreciate these new studies on this burgeoning field. It’s gratifying to find out that we don’t have to beat ourselves into submission to find relief. #TheRollModel #YTUtrain #NoPainNoPain

It doesn’t have to hurt to work. What’s the best way to soften your hard body?
You don’t have to grind down your soft-tissues to get them to lengthen, soften, or loosen. In fact, the more you bully your soft tissues, the more you arouse their innate defense mechanism. They brace in response to threat, via the muscle spindle response. Guess what else braces? Other nearby muscles who rally to protect the tissue under attack.
The more you push, the more they push back. So when you’re rolling yourself like you’re ironing your birthday suit, your fascial tissues will likely swell and inflame full of defensive cytokines and make you feel even more swollen & stiff than before. Often as you roll, or stick or whatever, the “ouch” that you feel is your nervous system kicking into high gear and telling you that you’re pushing too hard, and to please back off. Are you listening? Or BALLdozing through it?
I started studying massage at age 18 & practiced self massage to replicate the hands of Masters on my own body. I’ve experimented with every kind of self-massage object; from wood, to metal, rubber, vibration, foam, sports balls, gadgets, you name it. My own subjective experience? 🌑🌑🌑
Soft is supreme. 🌑🌑🌑
I’ve been a soft-tool dealer for more than a decade, but there have been scant studies on soft tools, it seems like the hard tool brands and sports balls (especially lacrosse balls) have dominated the market and the research. That’s why its so refreshing to finally see superb peer-reviewed research (not pay for placement research!) that exposes the truth about HARD vs. SOFT.
“The results of this study indicate that therapeutic tools providing gentle pressure are superior to those providing firm pressure.” Check out this study by Yushin Kim et al and this by @dr.robyncapo et al
Learn more Tune Up Fitness Roll Model courses. Or join me & Tom Myers Anatomy Trains this summer on the coast of Maine. Click bio link.
#fascia #therollmodel #yogatuneup #selfmassage #selfmyofascialrelease #lacrosseball #alphaball @jonfkroll pic!

Ratatouille tonight! #springfling #veggiesrock #tasteofsummertocome

If you didn’t make it to the Alameda Free Library book sale today, they’re bringing it back this fall! I probably don’t need more books (ahem) but I can always find something interesting to add to my collection 😎#bookaddict #librariesrock #readmorebooks #lifelonglearning

Save the dates! The #YogaTuneUp Breath & Bliss Immersion in Sacramento/Elk Grove has been rescheduled to the fall — September 6-8 — at the lovely studio, My Yoga Room ( This 3-day breathing extravaganza will open up new doors into down-regulation, provide techniques that will help to promote resiliency, and help develop strategies for more blissful breath. Come play and get inspired, literally! @tuneupfitness #YTUTrain #YTUBalls #seekresiliency #breatheinblissout

Meditation and yoga can 'reverse' DNA reactions which cause stress, new study suggests

Via Elise Fabricant -- a fascinating review of the literature on the potential benefits of mindfulness practices, beyond flexible hamstrings :-) #mindfulnessmatters #breathe Mind-body interventions (MBIs) such as meditation, yoga and Tai Chi don't simply relax us; they can 'reverse' the molecular reactions in our DNA which cause ill-health and depression, according to a study.

Garden is started! This year, hoping for a bounty of #romatomatoes and Early Girls. The newcomer to the party is #gingermint. Wishing everyone a wonderful spring and happy planting! #springishere #newbeginnings #bountifulharvest

There's still plenty of time to register for Breath & Bliss in Sacramento (Elk Grove), at the beautiful studio, My Yoga Room, from April 26-28 -- come play! Early bird pricing has been extended through Monday, 4/8, so register now to secure the discount and your spot. Times like these call for the ability to rest, recover, and become more resilient -- skills that we will be developing during this 3-day training. More information here: #YTUTrain #breathemovelive #YogaTuneUp #YTUballs #SeekResiliance

Women's Pain Is Different From Men's—the Drugs Could Be Too

Via Kate Hamm — this is absolutely fascinating, and highlights why research is so vital. A new study shows clear differences in the biology of how men and women feel pain, a reminder that sex-specific pain medications might benefit us all.

Developmental Movement: Hips & Shoulders

Movement play dates are the way to go, folks! Getting together with my friends lately has reminded me of some practices that I've let fall by the wayside, and in the spirit of sharing, here's a great blog piece about recapturing range of movement at the hips and shoulders that I've shared before but it's well worth revisiting -- enjoy! Ah it’s been so long since I’ve been able to write! Taking a little time off to focus on my work has been good and inspirational. So let’s start off this new wave of inspiration…

[03/07/19]   Very excited to be signed up for the Postural Respiration course in Oakland this April 6-7, and looking forward to diving deeply into breathing mechanics. I think this course will help me to keep connecting the dots and integrating the knowledge that I've picked up from taking other courses (most recently, Immaculate Dissection in NYC) and to get the most out of upcoming trainings (Z-Health, here I come!). #lifelonglearning #knowledgeispower #bodyofknowledge

An interesting article to open up a discussion on yoga as the new “it” modality. Not every pose is for every body, and many of us should honor our anatomical and myofascial uniqueness to support our health, rather than attempting to achieve an aesthetic ideal. #YTUtrain #embodyyourbody #perfectlyimperfect

When yoga hurts instead of heals....Mayo Clinic with an astonishing 12 year investigation of yoga related injuries in their clinic. Yoga teachers and clinicians, please read.

Pandas love Cheese! #pandaandcheese #lazyweekend #californiakitties

Breathing Through the Nose May Offer Unique Brain Benefits

The relationship between breath and memory -- absolutely fascinating article! Many thanks to my student John for mentioning this to me. Hopefully more research will be forthcoming. #breathandbliss #YTUtrain #diaphragmdynamics #breathedeeplyremembercompletely Could nasal breathing be more helpful for our brains than breathing through the mouth?

#shiftisintheair #vote #midtermsmatter

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