Integrating Yoga Philosophy into Practice: The Five Afflictions and Practising with them in Mind

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

Twists in the morning

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

Beginner Class on 29th April: More Standing Poses!

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!

Opening the Heart

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

What We Practiced in the Beginner Class

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