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Yoga Lesson: How do we tune into nature and allow it to deepen our life?
Every day I am brought to back to the application of yoga lessons in my life. Yoga or life as I choose to see it now, becomes a pulsating beneficent opportunity, a gift really, for me to become a better human being. This past week I was given the task of preparing one of my current students to step into an Anusara Immersion with my beloved teachers that has already started. She missed the first weekend, or half of Part 1. My job is to catch her up *gulp*.
Out have come all of my notes and of course the Immersion Lesson plans and the like.
Succinctly explaining the Anusara Philosophy, the 3 As and the UPAs (Universal Principles of Alignment ™) is not the easiest thing when you have crazy time constraints. Arghhh!!!…goodness gracious!
So given that, studentship has been on my mind. I am stepping into the seat of the student as I pour over how to convey all this knowledge in a way that will be optimally soaked in by her. I adore the way that I heard John explain studentship using the Elements. I remember how he shared that using the elements as teaching tools is wonderful because they are understood and experienced by all, so we have a common ground from which to step into the teachings and also deepen the understanding of the UPAs within the yoga postures. Since I’d been meditating on this theme, lo and behold, I taught all about it!
This episode’s online yoga class is a Level 1.5 class (in other words strong).
It’s slow, meditative and we take time to get into things. I hope you enjoy stepping into it!
By the way, let me know which elements you resonate with the most
In my intro I told you that I recorded 2 other classes that I was unable to use for the podcast, but I’m making them available to you, if you would like to download them. Both of them are level 2 yoga classes. One of them is a full 80 minute class with less than optimal audio, and the other one was a TOTALLY awesome class, but I ran out of batteries half way through the class! Ugh!
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The series of Yoga Poses for this online yoga class:
Adho Mukha Svanasana
High Lunge/Straightening front leg/lunge twist
Uttanasana/Ardha uttanasana x 3
hands on hips, shoulders up rise up
Half sun salute
Surya Namaskar with salabasana arms interlaced behind the back, instead of Cobra
Downward Facing Dog
Adho Mukha Svanasana
Plank Chattarunga x 2
Uttanasana wide legs arms interlaced behind the back
Utkatasana with a twist
Pigeon with a twist
Twitsting Pigeon with thigh stretch
Eka Pada Setubandha