According to the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the goal of yoga practice is attaining a state of yoga, a state where the consciousness becomes still. The benefit of attaining this state is that then we experience our own truth. I.2 yogah citta vrtti nirodhah Yoga is the cessation of movements in the consciousness. I.3. tada … Continue reading Integrating Yoga Philosophy into Practice: The Five Afflictions and Practising with them in Mind
Over the first weekend in May, Abhihjata Iyengar taught at the Iyengar Yoga UK Convention in Harrogate. Here's what I thought she emphasized: Do not let your memories define your present state. She said that it is easier to teach beginners in some ways because they do not have memories and habits that hold them … Continue reading Reflecting on the Convention
This weekend, I attended a yoga day with Sallie Sullivan and I really enjoyed her teaching. She taught in a way that inspired more reflection rather than just giving instruction. She encouraged us to explore the connections between poses and the connection between the actions of a pose and the breath. She had us do … Continue reading Workshop with Sallie Sullivan
Wednesday morning we started with examining twisting actions in the abdomen, ribcage, and shoulders in chair Bharadvajasana and applied that awareness to the other poses. Swastikasana Adho Mukha Virasana Adho Mukha Svanasana Uttanasana Tadasana Paschima Baddanguliasana Chair Bharadvajasana Partner work in Chair Bharadvajasana - belt around shoulder blades, under the armpits. Partner pulls on one … Continue reading Twists in the morning
This is a class highly influenced by the teachings of John Schumacher in a class where he stressed the action of spreading the skin of bottom of the heel and sole of the foot from inside out (medial to lateral) to bring stability to the hips and softness in the abdomen. I taught this sequence … Continue reading Eka Pada actions and the feet
This past Saturday, Marios Argiros taught a yoga workshop in Southbourne. (Only about a 5 minute walk from my house!) His teaching was very clear and challenged me to work with my legs with more awareness and much more action. The concepts he presented were familiar-- I've heard it from all the teachers I've had … Continue reading Workshop with Marios
Today we worked on poses that open the ankles, soften the calves, and firm the outer thighs in preparation for twists next week! Vajrasana Adho Mukha Virasana Uttanasana Adho Mukha Svanasana Tadasana Utkatasana Garudasana Utthita Trikonasana → Ardha Chandrasana Parivrtta Trikonasana Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana - Heel at the wall Adho Mukha Svanasana Salamba Sirsasana Urdhva … Continue reading Soft Knees and Firm Hips!
Swastikasana (cross-legs pose) Parvatasana in Swastikasana (upward inter-locked fingers in cross-legs pose) Adho Mukha Virasana (downward facing hero pose Ardha Uttanasana (half intense stretch pose) - hands at the wall Tadasana (mountain pose) Urdhva Hastasana in Tadasana (upward arms in mountain pose) Utkatasana (fierce pose) Gomukhasana arms in Tadasana (cow face pose arms in mountain … Continue reading Beginner Class on 29th April: More Standing Poses!
This morning we practiced a sequence of chest and shoulder openers with an emphasis on keeping the lumbar spine long. Swastikasana Adho Mukha Virasana Adho Mukha Svanasana Uttanasana Tadasana Urdhva Baddhanguliasana Urdhva Hastasana Utkatasana Virabhadrasana I Paschima Baddha Hastasana Parsvottanasana Adho Mukha Svanasana Salamba Sirsasana Virasana in Sirsasana Adho Mukha Virasana Supta Virasana Paryankasana on … Continue reading Opening the Heart
This is the sequence I taught in the beginner class on Monday, 22nd April. Swastikasana (cross-legs pose) Urdhva Baddhanguliasana in Swastikasana (upward interlocked fingers in cross-legs pose) Adho Mukha Virasana (downward facing hero pose) Tadasana (mountain pose) Urdhva Hastasana (upward arms pose) Utkatasana (fierce pose) Utthita Hasta Padasana (extended arms and legs pose) Parsva Hasta … Continue reading What We Practiced in the Beginner Class