Sat, 24 March 2007
One word for Christine is Grateful! YES, and I am to her as she was able to open my eyes to see past the rain and take in with great appreciation the view from my hotel room. We connected immediately when we met and it was so wonderful to connect to the heart of someone who shares the same feeling about life. Her sharing of her transition from NYC to BC is inspiring and a great support for anyone who may wonder what their practice can offer off the mat and she says is with clarity and warmth. Christine found her teacher in her heart within herself and now had to look inside even more than she thought which I can totally relate to in my own life as we can always delve deeper. Enjoy this part this of her journey in this conversation and remember that each of us are our own teacher.
Om Namah Sivaya Guruve - the first line to the Anusara Invocation
translation: I offer myself to Lord Shiva, the Auspicious One, who is the True Teacher within and without
I am excited to share with you - Hillary's Yoga Practice Podcast Store in beta. Please shop, support and enjoy the practice with these fun items I chose for you. (more to come)
Sun, 18 March 2007
Taking our seat is sacred and pivotal to set one's intention while staying in our expanded heart. Asana, means posture as well as the posture of your heart (hrdyam). How we interact with ourselves and others is yoga while you read these next questions go into your heartspace and check in to see how are you aligning and keeping connection to the bigger heart that holds all of us. Please allow yourself to see how you keep connected to your heart (and disconnect) throughout your day while you interact with your life in every way - this is a great practice to learn how you align with yourself, others and the world.
Focal Point: Where energy is gathered, moves into and moves out of in every pose. There are 3 focal points: the upper palette, bottom of the heart, core of the pelvis. Each point is the metaphor for the heart as the focal point changes in each pose.
Sequence : All Levels
Sukasana - Easy Pose to All 4's then Downward Facing Dog
Down Dog Splits Lifting One Leg at a Time
Uttanasana - Standing fwd Bend
Then Take a Wider Stance with Hands Clasped Extended Over Your Head- Shoulder Opener
Tadasana - Mountain Pose
Uttanasana - Extending fwd 4 times
Plank Pose - to Chattarunga - to Bhujangasana - Cobra Pose then Down Dog
Uttanasana to Urvah Hastasana
Straight Leg Lunge to Crescent or Vira 1 - Warrior 1
Down Dog to Straight Leg Lunge
Down Dog to Plank to Sphinx Pose
Salambasana Pose Variation 2x
Down Dog the hold ankle, calf or thigh for twist
Meditation or Savasana
Special thanks to Elsie for Pics...
Sat, 10 March 2007
One word for Emily is curious! She is also dedicated and has found yoga helpful for her active lifestyle with marathons, triathlons and in her life. Every time she is in class she gives her best and really wants to learn why we do what we do in yoga to find the results she desires in her body to perform better while running. I love that Emily has really brought the teachings of yoga into her life by being present and appreciating every breath, appreciating her family, friends and the gifts in her life.
Yoga does help running - YEAH! She was 20 minutes better in her timing this marathon than her first one a year ago- way to go Emily. Her yoga practice has taught her to be in the moment as she is running seeing that every step is important which has enriched life for her in many ways appreciating how yoga supports her love of running. In her words - they go hand in hand.
Emily will be doing a triatholon for The Lukemia & Lymphoma Society Team in Training - to raise money for this cause this June
This week March 15th I am interviewed by Lara of Yoga Peeps - it's a fun conversation she rocks yogini style!
A special thanks to Gayle and Kelsy for helping with our pic of hasta padagustasana over at City Yoga.
Sun, 4 March 2007
When we choose to soften and listen in our life, we begin to open up to a deeper place within ourselves that is powerful on its own without pushing it in any direction by paying close attention we flow into be-ing. Giving ourselves permission to connect to our inner voice and surroundings takes passive action - it's softer, more sensitive. This may be scary for some of us to allow the world to come to us but actually it takes us into parts of ourselves that may not be readily attuned. We all have this ability but it takes practice to see and be who we are. We have the freedom to ignore everything but if we take he time to soften, light a candle, say a prayer creating a sacred place we will uncover this grand energy that is closer to you than your breath.
Before you do you do your practice, I invite you to check in to see if you have the tendency to just push through and not listen to your body and perhaps you can deepen your awareness by creating a space to let the world come to you and receive.
CHECK OUT: Yoga Peeps on March 15th Lara Crestone interviewed me, bless her!
LULULEMON in Santa Monica this wed at 7pm till 8pm I am teaching class
Thank you Elsie for your sweet pics...
Sequence: Level 1/2
Plank to Down dog to Plank to Downdog to Plank to Chattarunga to Cobra
Down dog to Uttananasana
Uttanasana - walk arms to side twist
Surya Namaskar with Upward Facing Dog
Downward Facing Dog
Virabahdrasana One - Warrior One
Vinyasa to Second Side Warrior One
Down Dog to Uttanasana to Wide Uttanasana with Shoulder Stretch
Crescent Pose with Arms Flowing Up and Back to Anjali Mudra 3X
Jump and switch Second Side
Balasana to Down Dog
Vira 2 - Warrior 2 to Uttitha Parsvakonasana back to Vira 2 back to Uttita Parsvakonasana back to Vira 2
Down Dog with Twist Holding Shin or Thigh of Opposite leg
Eka Pada Rajakapotasana Prep - Pigeon Prep
Downward Facing Dog
Downward Facing Dog to Uttanasana
Sukasana Twist then Fold Forward then Switch Cross and then Do Both Sides Again with Fwd Fold
Knees to Chest