Sun, 25 February 2007
One word for Lisa is - Commitment! 40 days ago Lisa came to my class at City Yoga - this was her first and that is when she decided to partake in the 40 day for $140 program there. Looking at her I thought she has been doing this for many years it must of been her flexible mind and openness of being a healer that kept her in great shape. She came to all of my classes and was working through life's challenges and eventually I could see she became lighter as she found her freedom to be Herself! A beauty for sure and what a lovely woman who has utilized her practice in such a productive way. You will definitely tap into her authenticity as she shares honestly from her heart. Congrats to her for sticking to 40 days and perhaps you will be inspired to take on such an awesome commitment for your personal growth. YEAH!
PLEASE COME TO LULULEMON WED MARCH 7th @ 7pm FREE CLASS!
Photo Note: Lisa and I in a partner variation of Parvritta Janu Sirsasana with my puppy Mala and her fav bird toy
Sun, 18 February 2007
Karma (Action) is a word some of us refer to everyday to explain a boomerang of events that happen from what we do. We may even see it when we are getting a cup of coffee/tea in the morning on the counter a "Good Karma" cup inviting up to leave a tip. I have read that most philosophical schools say that karma is action and from what we do there is a response to our choices, ramifications or reactions. But when I delved deeper, I learned about the Wheel of Karma talking about life which says that being in the body means you have more work to do that you didnâ��t do in the last life - I did not like this at all in some way it says that life is a punishment.
Today, I invite you to see how your life is a blessing and there is nothing to get out of but to go in and creatively step into your life, the world we want to live in by applying our intention with right action. I invite you to see that you did nothing wrong to be here but that the divine chose to be you and that you have the opportunity to enjoy being in this marvelous body.
Tantra offered me the perspective to see that we are not stuck in a yoga that is filled with dogma of what we have to do but that we choose what we do to create our life. Contemplate about life not being a set of rules to design your outcomes but that you can find your way to discover that many opportunities to change the way you are becoming even better using right action to live more fully on and off your mat.
Sanskrit: Dharma: personal duty, Seva: selfless service, Biga: seed
Sequence Level 1:
Balasana - Child's Pose
All 4's to Cat/Cow Pose
Straight leg lunge to Crescent Pose Prep
Plank to Salabasana then Cobra - Bhujangasana/Upward Facing Dog
Uttanasana up to Tadasana
Uttanasna to Crescent Pose
Virabhadrasana II - Warrior II then to
Uttitha Parsvakonasana - Extended Side Angle
Down Dog to Uttanasana to Samasthiti
Down Dog to Trikonasana
Virabhadrasana 1 - Warrior I to
Parvritta Parsvakonasana - Twisted Side Angel Pose
Downward Facing Dog
Pigeon Prep with Thigh Stretch
Agnistambasana - Fire Log Pose sweet elsie (sickled foot)
Purvottanasana - Table Top Pose 2X
Setubhanda - Bridge Pose or Urdvah Dhanurasana - Upward Facing Bow(pics on the way with blanket)
Sukhasana Twist - Easy Seated Pose with Twist
Janu Sirsasana - Head to Knee
Agnistambasana - Fire Log
Balasana - Childs Pose
Savasana - Corpse
Sat, 10 February 2007
One word for Elena is - Poetic! When I was in NYC I had time to take an inspiring yoga class at Vira Yoga with friend and teacher Elena Brower. Amazing how energy is different in NY and LA, in NY on foot moving with people, LA in cars seperate from others - what a different dance on the coasts which offers great diversity in life. In class we moved our bodies and went deep into our breath focusing on our back body. It is crucial to listen, slow down and receive, boy am I happy for that reminder.
Happy 5th Birthday to Vira Yoga which is really exciting to be part of and auspicious to share my 5th year of teaching with. Now Elena is a wife, mother, teacher and business owner together we hear how yoga helps her to listen and how she experience's the world moving towards her.
fun note: I had my camera but the battery was dead. Yeah! for technology and camera phones thanks to Boru for taking this sweet Tree Pose @ Vira
Sat, 3 February 2007
The yoga of Patanjali offers us Yoga Sutras including the 8 limbs of yoga. Within these 8 limbs are the Yamas (social inter-action with others) and Niyamas (inter-action we have with ourselves). There are 5 Yamas and 5 Niyamas making them kinda like the 10 commandments of Yoga. For this class I focused on 3 of the Niyamas - Tapas (effort), Svadhyaya (self-study) , and Ishvara Pranidhana (surrender to the divine). In life we mostly do, effort and forget to feel the connection to something bigger - when we take time to reflect or study we can see where we are with both. In yoga effort is important to get to the mat keep your arms strong in down dog but to leave space to soften even surrender to this greater energy. Through self-study on and off the mat using scriptures or any books that take you deeper one can see there tendency and make a choice to see balance of these actions.
Sanskrit: Chin mudra or Om mudra
Sequence Level 2 :
Downward facing dog with split and twist
Straight leg lunge
Shoulder opener hands clasped behind back then fold fwd to Uttanasana
Plank to Vinyasa
Vinyasa going thru Chattarunga back through to Down Dog
Prasarita Padottonasana - hands clasped
then back to Malasana
Parsvottonasana to Parvritta Parsvottonasana (w/blocks or not)
Setubhanda - bridge pose
Urdvah Dhanurasana 3X - with choice of eka pada (one foot) and eka hasta (one hand) for #3