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Friday, February 15, 2013

The props class

Don't forget the Basics of Prop Use this weekend, one of the Occasional Saturday Series.  In this second part of the series, we will look at the two main uses of props: 1) as a straightforward support when the strength or flexibility is lacking, and 2) as a guide for our own sense of direction in the pose.  Another way of thinking about is that we will use props as a source of stability or as a source of action, and sometimes both at once.  

There will be some additional discussion of the yoga sutra and Patanjali's thinking about the matter of support (alambana)  and being without support (niralamba)

  The class meets at 10:00am, not 9:30am as may be listed elsewhere. 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

I read it on a bumper sticker and it changed my life

If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.
Attributed to Lao Tzu.  

I found this on a bumper sticker yesterday morning and used it straight away in teaching a class involving a vinyasa type connected sequence of poses all on one side, and repeated on the other side.  Here's the sequence, for fun (note: all poses held for 30 seconds throughout.  Poses can certainly be held longer, and sequences can be repeated for fuller effect... poses can also be done near a wall to aid with balance or shakiness.)
hasta padasana
parsva hasta padasana
virabhadrasana II
ardha chandrasana
urdhva prasarita ekapadasana
utthita hasta padangusthasana
parsva utthita hasta padangusthasana
parivrtta utthita hasta padangusthasana
virabhadrasana III
urdhva prasarita ekapadasana

there were really two of these for the standing poses that we did on New Year's Day.  Here's the second one, involving the revolved standing poses:
hasta padasana utkatasana
parsva hasta padasana
virabhadrasana I
parivrtta parsvakonasana
parivrtta trikonasana
parivrtta ardha chandrasana
urdhva prasarita ekapadasana