Archive | September, 2010

Ep 84: Are YOU Listening? A 90 min Level 2-3 Yoga Class

19 Sep

Listen Completely

Have you ever had someone ask for help and they just won’t listen?

This is what this week’s yoga class is all about.

I have a friend that I love dearly. This friend (let’s call him Pete) is kind hearted, he is giving, he is committed, he is loyal, and he has so much to offer the world. He comes to be for advice recognizing that there are some things within his life that are not working. I offer my advice. He seems to take it all in, quietly listening to me, at times even writing notes 😉 and yet…a couple of weeks later, Pete comes back to me with the same issues.

I was wondering if I was missing something?

Was I not being clear?

Nope, I was plenty clear.

What did I have to do in order for Pete to actually listen to me and accept the advice that I was giving?

This really bothered me, and it almost made me want to stop offering help completely. In fact, I did pull away from being available.

As I sat with this situation I began to see a pattern emerge within me. I became utterly conscious of what it takes for someone to truly listen and to accept and act. I chose to look at the way that I did this in my life.

Boy was I in for a surprise!

Well dear ones, I write to you to tell you that I DO THE SAME THING THAT PETE DOES!

Holy cow.

Now there was a realization.

I’ve been complaining, and mulling over very specific issues in my every day life. I’ve received very actionable and highly auspicious advice from people that I love and respect- OFTEN. I have heard them and chosen not to listen to them.

Why? Here are some reasons that I came up with.

Why do we choose not to listen?

  • The answer that I was getting was not the answer that I was looking for.
  • I had already decided on the answer, I simply needed confirmation.
  • I did not want to work hard nor have to step out of my comfort zone.
  • I didn’t want to truly look at myself and take responsibility for my own actions.

hmmmmmm

This situation has helped me recognize that listening is an artform that requires great humility and honesty. At times recognizing and accepting the truth that is revealed to you is a far greater challenge than maintaining the facade. Once you choose to see it, there’s no going back, you must transform.

Transformation requires skilled action, and at least for me this was the hardest part.

I am now listening, with all of myself, and taking the time to digest and discern (another key teaching) while taking appropriate action when necessary. I feel stronger, I feel calmer and most of all I feel a great sense of joy. It has even helped me be better at being a friend as now I get the opportunity to watch Pete discover listening again, at his own time, in his own way.

Do you listen?

I’d love to hear from you! :

  • email me- eyogaclass (at) gmail (dot) com
  • leave me a message- 310 651 6238 (I’d love to play you guys on the episodes! Plus you can promote your stuff that way!)
  • or comment on this blog!

Other ways to connect with me:

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This week’s online yoga class

I made the peeps at Yoga Matrika work a bit for this one! I did a few demos and lots of handstand work, which I have to say that I did my best to cut out. It doesn’t do well for audio classes 😉 I’ve also posted a little video that gives you a bit more info into getting the culmination pose- Vishvamatrasana! Needless to say, this is a more advanced yoga class.

If you are in Pittsburgh, come on by Yoga Matrika on Monday nights at 6pm for some Anusara Inspired Yoga 🙂

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The Yoga Class Sequence

Downward Facing Dog

Twisting Downward Facing Dog

Straight Legged Lunge

straight legged lunge

Downward Facing Dog

Plank chattarunga x 3

chattarunga dandasana

Wide legged uttanasana

standing forward bend with legs wider apart

Bending one leg then the other in Uttanasana

variation of standing forward bend bending the leg

Wide legged uttanasana

standing forward bend with legs wider apart

Parsva wide legged uttanasana

Side Variation of Standing Forward Bend

Tadasana

Surya namaskar

tadasanaurdhva hastasanauttanasana ardha uttanasana plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing doguttanasana ardha uttanasanaurdhva hastasanatadasana

Silent Surya Namaskar x 3

Handstands

handstand prep 1handstand prep 2handstand prep 3handstand at the wall

Eka pada handstands (check me out doing this video)

More handstands

Deep lunge

Deep Lunge with back knee on the floor deep lunge with forearms on the floor

Trikonasana

Salabasana with arms interlaced behind the back

Trikonasana

trikonasana

Vinyasa

plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog

Bound twisting uttanasana

Parsvakonasana bound

Parvakonasana bound

Pigeon

Pigeon Prep

Vashistasana

vashistasana prepvashistasana

Parsvakonasana bound into trikonasana bound

Parvakonasana boundtrikonasana bound

My demo: Corresponding Video

Vishvamatrasana

Teeny Tiny Vishvamatrasana Tutorial from Elsie Escobar on Vimeo.

paschimotanasana

Seated Forward Bend

pavrita paschimotanasana

Twisting Seated Straight Legged Forward Bend front viewTwisting Seated Straight Legged Forward Bend back view

supta tadasana

supta padangustasana sequence

yoga hamstring stretch, reclined big toe stretchReclined big toe stretch to the sideReclined big toe stretch twist

knees to chest

apanasana

savasana

Delay of posting new episode due to MacBook problems :(

12 Sep

Hello lovely folks

I was soooo looking forward to serving you Episode 84 this weekend, but alas, the computer dieties decided to put a halt on that.

My MacBook’s backlight is no longer shining. The computer works, but I can’t see anything! If it was only about posting a blog…well, I could have swung that as I’m currently writing this post on my iPhone, but alas, there was editing involved and audio files + video files, which at least at this point in time cannot be done on my iPhone 😦

I’m working on a fix and will get something to you asap!

Tons of love to all of you 🙂

Looking for a Yoga Class in Pittsburgh on Labor Day?

4 Sep
“Without the opportunity to learn through the hands, the world remains abstract and distant, and the passions for learning will not be engaged.”  – Doug Stowe

In my newsletter I spoke about Labor Day’s beginning as a way to celebrate, honor and give a voice to the working class. I shared my thoughts about the working class being the producers and providers of services. The working class are those whose work demands full engagement of their physical bodies, and a deep immersion into the concrete world around them.

They are the embodied foundation of society.

In the west historically there has been a dissonance between book learning and practical experience. Somehow they’ve been pitted against each other and at times separating society primarily by race and economic status. Some folks scoffed at well learned educated folks, while others looked down on those that worked with their hands. Other times it was the exact opposite, those that chose to go into higher education were not particularly valued in communities with larger population of blue collar workers.

I know what you’re thinking…

How does this apply to yoga?

The applied yogi needs to be BOTH, absolutely visceral and engaged in all things earthy, grounding and primitive, while at the same time having a nimble creative, intelligent and discerning mind.

Come practice and embody these powerful qualities by focusing on your foundation (your worker physical body) and letting that help you serve optimally (your expressive intelligence).

Let yourself re-align and refresh yourself as we began the journey into Fall!

Observe Your Foundation and Serve Joyfully

A Labor Day Yoga Practice

Where: The Yoga Cave

758 Rebecca Ave, Ground Floor, Pittsburgh, 15221

When: September 6, 2010 6-7:30 pm

LOGISTICS:

  • You can park on Center or on Rebecca.
  • Please bring your own props, but if you do forget your mat I do have 4 available in house, a few yoga straps, and 1 yoga block.
  • I am happy to accept cash, checks or even credit cards (cause I’m just fancy like that 😉 )
  • Feel free to RSVP in the comments, or email me at eyogaclass (at) gmail (dot) com to reserve your $10 price OR you can simply purchase the class with the link below 🙂 Without RSVP it’s $15 at the door

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Looking forward to seeing your lovely faces!