An iPhone 4 Yoga Class For Your Enjoyment!
And here I thought that I was going to get some time to be able to publish more episodes to you guys…in JULY.
Not so much, but alas! Here’s a yoga class to start the month off right! This one is close to my heart. It’s focus is all about the way we are swayed and often times misguided by what we see and hear all around us, especially the media. It is a call to take responsibility for our choice making and the way we go about making choices. The inspiration for this class came straight from all the hoopla around the iPhone 4 and its antenna issues.
If you happen to follow me on Twitter or are part of the Facebook Elsie’s Yoga Kula Community, you would know that I have an iPhone 4! Yipeeee! So I speak from my own experience with the device, and I’m totally loving it!
Given that I’m sure you have heard at least something about the whole antenna thing, so I sorta offer my 2 cents about it and wrap it around a yoga class.
What’s interesting about this theme is that it mirrored the hoopla around an article on my beloved teacher John Friend in the NY Times. If you haven’t already, please read the article, John’s response to the article PLUS Elephant Journal’s exclusive interview with John. Interesting how perspectives and opinions shift and change if you simply choose to step deeper into them :) And move from your heart.
This week’s online yoga class
This yoga podcast class is a level 2 class, and if you have a yoga block in the house, please feel free to take it out and play with it during our backbends towards the end of class. I cut a bit of the class in the middle because I did a demo that doesn’t really work if you weren’t there so why put you guys through it :) If you do hear references to it, or to another demo that I had a student do, just dismiss them. Pretend that you went to the bathroom during that part of the class!
The Yoga Class Sequence
REMEMBER THAT IF YOU OWN THE IPHONE APP THE CLASS SEQUENCE COMES WITH THE EPISODE :)
Downward Facing Dog
Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana Opening Hip
High lunge onto straight leg on the front leg
Bend elbows 3 inches
Crescent pose into Lunge Twist
Uttanasana x ardha uttanasana
Hands on hips shoulders up stand
Arms up interlace hands
Contrast shoulder loop
Big shoulder stretch
Surya namaskar x 2
Wide stance uttanasana with arms interlaced behind the back
Surya namaskar to Downward Facing Dog
Vira 2 into reverse vira
Trikonasana/ ardha chandrasana/ trikonasana
Standing hip stretch
Standing hip stretch into standing baby craddle
LOTS OF TALKING
deep lunge with back leg straight
DD with knees bent for lower back adjustment
Pigeon with Thigh stretch
Downward Facing Dog
hands of hips shoulders up stand up
setubandha with block in between the thighs
(optional into Urdhva Dhanurasana)
setubandha with block in between your shins
(optional into Urdhva Dhanurasana)
Urdhva Dhanurasana or Bridge pose
easy supine twist
Supta Padangustasana variation with bottom leg bent/straightening the bottom leg
Hello everybody and welcome to EYK episode #6!
Just in case you are a new listener, the Elsie’s Yoga Kula Episodes are all about community. There are times when I want share with you guys more than the few minute intro that my Yoga Class Episodes allow me ;) This is where I share some of the feedback that I’ve gotten from you guys, plus answer some questions I get, or anything else that I desire to put out
Today’s episode has some inspiring feedback from you guys, PLUS and interview with my twitter buddy Scott from Boston who shares all about his experience going to yoga for the first time ever! Some pretty cool insights from his perspective.
This episode is brought to you by Elsie’s Yoga Class Podcast App for the iPhone and iPod touch, you can find it in the iTunes App Store for $3.99. The extra features for this episode of EYK is a snippet of one of my therapy workshops talking about What is Optimal Blueprint! So check it out you guys :)
What’s in the Podcast?
- Where have I been?
- Problems with the podcast feed and my desire to keep in touch with you guys!
- Sign up from my newsletter!
- Feedback from YOU!
- Wanderlust festival
- Love PrAna, they’ve got a lifestyle village
- Janet from Arizona
- Elsie’s Yoga Kula FB Fanpage
- Send me your feedback!
- PRANCING LEOPARD ORGANICS ROCKS! listen to the podcast to get your coupon code :)
- The fancy pants jumpsuit review
- The Scott Interview
Let it Go From Your Head and Drop In Your Heart
I know that if I asked you who or what you hold valuable and dear you could tell me without much thought. I’m sure that you’ve thought about how much your family, your homes, your friends, your culture, etc. means to you. I’m sure that now that I’ve brought your attention to this, you have a clear idea in your head and feel pretty strong about where you place your value.
The thing is, that we think about this too much. I mean that we keep that which we value in our thinking mind. We intellectualize much more than we internalize it, within our hearts. There is a level of detachment that comes with it. Yes, we love our family. Yes, we love our friends. Yes, we value our home. Here’s the question: Do your actions, from day to day, from moment to moment honor and abide by that higher intention? If we could graph our daily activity, and our daily thoughts, what truly takes up the majority of our days? What would it show?
I know that for me, my graph would show huge interaction with my cellphone and my ipod. It would also show me constantly checking my email, FB, Twitter, and stats. (Note the word checking, there is no actual engagement involved.) And these are my physical behaviours behaviors I am also guilty of being with my daughter and having my mind full of everything BUT my daughter. I think more about podcasts, blog posts and creating content on a daily basis than I think about my breath, my body and growing my relationship with those that I have said I hold valuable. There are countless opportunities to deepen relationships. There is enough time. I know that I tend to leak my energy in places, thoughts and actions that in no way deserve it. Unconsciously, through my thoughts and actions I am serving and cultivating less than optimal relationships.
The level of commitment and discipline required to sustain an optimal level of engagement and relationship in our lives is great. It requires that we choose, and choose again, always refining and clarifying moment to moment. We must sustain the focus throughout our days, slowly building a strong internal practice, that lets us be at once soft and steady.
As I became aware of this for myself, I had to share this. I know that I am not alone. My desire is to place what I value in my heart, not in my head. My desire is to engage and hold the sacred where it’s meant to be.
How about you? Do you observe your behaviors and thoughts serving and cultivating less than optimal relationships? In what ways to do abide by the Highest?
FYI! There’s a video towards the end of the post to supplement this episode :)
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This episode’s online yoga class podcast is a Level 2 class.
This class was recorded at BYS Yoga Studio in Pittsburgh on April 29, 2010
The Sequence of Yoga Poses for this online yoga class:
Downward Facing Dog Hold
Downward Facing Dog/Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana/Straight Legged Lunge
Hands on Hips Shoulders up and Stand up
WIDE STANCE TO THE SIDE
Prasarita Padottanasana with arms interlaced behind the back
Prasarita Padottanasana with option to hold the big toes
Upward Facing Dog
Eka Pada Rajakapotasana
Downward Facing Dog
Supported Back Bend With 2 Blocks
VARIATION Supported Supta Virasana With Blocks
Supported Supta Baddha Konasana