Sun, 27 May 2007
After sitting nearby one of my sweet teachers Naime Jezzeny (he helped me to see both my potential and the possibilities to be the person I am today) last weekend in his workshop which focused on the Upanishads (means to sit nearby) I was inspired to share with you these teachings inspired from our teacher Dr. Douglas Brooks . When we sit among others and share, listen and realize we all have amazing potential that is in nature. Amidst this diversity you may find a moment of feeling connected to the source (potential) and through this awareness you may discover a new way to express yourself (possibilities).
I know now that I always had the potential within myself to be a yoga teacher but until it was time for me to find teachers who would show me that it was possible then I was able to connect to my own heart and could actually believe it for myself - this was huge for my growth as a person and only 5 years ago. My love for yoga took me to go deeper into Philosophy and realize that I can study seeing that I was intelligent and it was possible to enjoy learning - thanks to Douglas for his teachings open me to more possibilities than I could ever imagine within myself.
We all can relate when we find gifts that are within that come out on the mat, in conversation, at work or in relationships. Tap into your potential that you were born with and see what your possibilities are and if you look to those who believe in you then let them show you the possibility of becoming more of who you are.
The Mala's: On this great site that one of my friends Jessica Jennings created you can scroll down to the following words - And the next three, from which come the 3 A's, are: then you will see how the Mala's play out in Anusara Yoga.
Anava-mala located in the heart
Karma-mala located in the pelvis
Mayiya-mala located in the 3rd eye
Sequence: Level 2/3
Urdvah Hastasana then interlace fingers and stretch palms up to Samastithi
Uttansana - Standing Fwd Bend to Straight Leg Lunge
Vinyasa - Plank, Chatarunga Dandasana , Bhujangasana (cobra)
Vinyasa to Uttanasana
Trikonasana - Triangle Pose
Vrksasana - Tree Pose
Urdvah Hastasana then do *Vinyasa with Leg Lifted
Crescent/Vira I - Warrior 1 back Heel Lifted into Vira III - Warrior 3
Malasana - Garland Pose
Standing Hold Knee to Chest Prep for Padangustasana then Extent Leg Fwd
Malasana taking it into Pasasana Variation - Ganapati's Noose
Uttanasana to Plank
Balasana - Child's Pose
Knee to Chest then Both Knees into Chest
Sun, 20 May 2007
These past few days I have being feeling a bit down, sad and not wanting to feel these feelings while they we coming to the surface of my heart. My tendency is to ignore and not let myself feel sad which in turn denies the very gift of embodiment - diversity of experience. With being in the body there is an extraordinary opportunity to connect and feel the feelings we have so why deny oneself? When we don't allow the flow to happen we deny the very gift we have been given. I first heard this from one of my teachers Dr. Douglas Brooks and it woke me up to see that yes, life (every bit of it) is a gift. When we embrace and see all of our potential even with the bad feelings or circumstances then we can better align in every way and go directly to the ocean of the heart. Some yoga's teach liberation from the body and Anusara teaches it in the body - this one gels with me.
I invite you to see all that you have experienced as a gift, your life as a gift, and that you are a gift allow each one to be a portal to greater awareness. About 11 years ago being diagnosed with MS could of been a sentence to suffer but I used the yoga to turn it around and make something good out of it deepening the value of my life.
Sanskrit: Bhakti - Devotion, Laghima - Lightness, Kalyanamitra - Spiritual Friend
Vastus Medialis - Psoas -
Sequence: Level 2/3
Down Dog to Plank to Chattarunga or Your Belly into Cobra Pose
Crescent Pose Also Known as Vira I with back heel lifted
Down Dog to Uttanasana to Samastithi
Down Dog to Crescent Pose
Samasthiti to Urdvah Hastasana
Balasana - Child's Pose to Down Dog
Down Dog to Eka Pada
Sukhasana - Easy Seated Pose
Parvritta Sukhasana - Seated Easy Twist
Sukhasana with Fwd Bend
Meditation or Savasana
Sun, 13 May 2007
This week was sizzlin hot in LA (even though its still spring) and in the heat I was doing some spring cleaning creating more space in my closet and filing papers. As I was putting order to my stuff I found myself cutting some pants to make capri's to teach in (the heat drove me to do it), while in the process of cutting the pants I rediscovered my love for altering my clothing and that it is ok to love clothes. Little did I know that Mala my puppy was going to get some new digs out of my creative moment (my being resourceful)... yes I did make two shirts for her and she looked quite cute in her pima cotton 80's sweat shirts...
What I love about the yoga is it's everywhere always taking us deeper into what we value and if we tune into the flow of our heart we can find the joy that resides inside and have an even brighter more beautiful expression. Being creative, resourceful and finding what I value allowed me to do yoga without even rolling out my mat totally cool- all in all enjoying the lila tandava (the dance of play). Find how you can do what you love and tap into something more within to see what you have already and begin to use your resources to empower yourself and enjoy your gifts on and off your mat.
Sanskrit: Sri: Beauty Mudhya: Middle Vikrukti: Crooked or Assymetrical Ganesh: Elephant God and Son of Siva
All 4's Hands and Knees
Down Dog - Bend Elbows to Side 3x and Bend Knees Taking Top of Thighs Back 3X
Uttanasana - Standing Fwd Bend - Look Fwd 5x
Urdvah Hastasana to Uttanasana Lifting One Leg to Eka Pada Uttanasana
Plank, Chattarunga Dandasana, to Bhujangasana - Cobra to Down Dog
Uttanasana to Urdvah Hastasana
Standing on One Leg Holding Your Shin
Uttanasana to Crescent Pose to Vinyasa
Down Dog to Eka Hasta to Eka Pada
Uttanasana - Hold Calves with Bent Legs Opens Hamstrings
Samasthiti to Vrksasana - Tree Pose to Samasthiti to Urdvah Hastasana
Trikonasana - Triangle Pose
Ardha Chandrasana - Half Moon
to Supta Virasana - Reclining Back
Setubhandasana - Bridge Pose to Eka Pada Setubhandasana
Urdvah Dhanurasana 2X - Upward Facing Bow
Easy Supine Twist
Knees to Chest
Savasana - Corpse Pose
Mon, 7 May 2007
One word for Anna is...well it's actually three words - Open to Change! A few months back Anna came to City Yoga looking for a yoga class and I suggested her to take class over at Earth's Power Yoga after she told me she did flow yoga in NYC. Glad she took my theraputics class and listened to her heart - now she comes about 6x a week (check City Yoga Teachers for Tony G.) finding a love for her practice as it deepens on and off her mat. One thing that I found pretty cool was that we both practiced over at Go Yoga in Brooklyn but never knew one another - I did leave NYC in 2002 so not sure if she was there yet.
Direct download: Podcast_28_Conversation_with_Anna_Rose_Hopkins.mp3
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