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Episode 76: Vasudeva as December Lights, 75 Min Level 2 Yoga Class

30 Dec

A sweetly vibrant house down the street from my home

Casting Light From the Inside Out

I have to be very honest, winter is very challenging for me. I do my best to see all the goodness, I really do, but when winter begins, man does it kick my spiritual booty!

I don’t often have time to sit and meditate on my themes for my classes. I’m working on being more efficient in my themeing and conveying more of the Anusara Principles of Alignment β„’ and Philosophy more clearly, but as I’m sure some of you teachers know this requires work, time and study. The clearer and simpler a teacher’s theme is the more skilled and experienced they are (at least that’s my observation). It’s kinda like watching a great dancer, you only see the beauty of the art, you get pulled into the dance itself, not the specifics of the dance, the steps, how many hours the artist had to rehearse in order to make it seamless…

I’m getting more and more adept at allowing nature to guide me into what I teach. This generally happens during my walk to teach my yoga class. I’ve learned to let go of ‘what I have to do’ and simply allow myself to listen and to drink inspiration freely.

Thank God for Christmas lights!

They were so beautiful! They showed me things I hadn’t seen in a while, streets that I walk often shifted and shone in a different way. I was more intrigued by what was going inside the homes that the outside. I saw beautifully decorated houses whose windows shone so bright. I saw shapes and figures all inviting me to step deeper into the homes, into the warmth of the inner dwelling. I realized that the holiday lights where put there in a very strategic way, they weren’t just randomly placed, they weren’t merely thrown out, but carefully thought out and generally speaking, placed in ways that would enhance each individual dwelling. The specificity of the way the light was cast out was a clear reflection of the owners time, thought and commitment. I saw that in order to place these lights optimally the dweller must first be willing to search the closets, the basements, the attics, to get the boxes out and choose what to cast out. What makes this so glorious is that all this beauty wouldn’t be seen if it wasn’t for the shorter and darker days of winter.

The winter serves to take us deeper into the closet of the self so that we may bring out the decorations of light and enhance the world around us by the way in which we choose to cast our own individual light out into the world.

Vasudeva

vasu = dwelling place deva = the light

The nature of the universe is how you choose to pour the light of consciousness into the dwelling place of the self. As you do this oh how it shines brightly all around, showing off those mighty beautiful lights. How do you choose to create a dwelling place of light?

Yes, peeps, this are the thoughts that jump in my head as I walk πŸ™‚

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This week’s class is a reflection of the theme that I touched on above. It’s a Level 2 Yoga Class and it was recorded on November 30th 2009 at Yoga Matrika πŸ™‚

The Yoga Asana Sequence

Downward Facing Dog/Open Hip/Square Hip

One legged Downward Facing Dog opening the hipone legged downward facing dog with hips squared

Lunge/Modified Parsvotanasana

straight legged lungeparsvottanasana variation

Uttanasana

Uttanasana/Ardha Uttanasana x 3

uttanasanaardha uttanasana

Vinyasa

plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog

Surya Namaskar x 2

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

Parsvakonasana

Parvakonasana with forearm on thighparsvakonasana prepParsvakonasana

Vira II

warrior II

Shins in Thighs Out

Widening Parsvotanasana

Vinyasa

Salabhasana with arms interlaced behind the back

Trikonasana

trikonasana

Vashistasana variation with knee on the floor

Ardha Chandrasana

ardha chandrasana

Pigeon

Pigeon Prep

Setu Bandha Sarvangasana

setubandha stage 1setubandha robot armssetubandha

Urdhva Dhanurasana

urdhva dhanurasana

Easy Supine Twist

Knees to Chest

apanasana

Episode 69: Take a Moment To Stay Steady Level 1-2 70 min Yoga Class

18 May
Steady....Im trying!

Steady....I'm trying!

Always doing SO many things at once.

I know for myself it is very rare that I do just ONE thing at a time. Now being a Mom, it becomes even harder. The mind races from one place to the next, things become so cluttered and often times takes us away from our center. Practicing some asana and taking even just a few moments to pause quietly and feel can give us so much access to the vast wealth of steadiness that we all posses. When we see that steadiness, when we find the Center, we can make better and better choices regarding our lives, our health, our relationships and how we choose to step into the world. Let’s practice together!

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This week’s class is an uptempo Level 1-2 Yoga Class.

You are more than welcome to use props, especially blocks for poses like Trikonasana. I also really love to have a blanket by so I can sit on it during the centering at the beginning of class πŸ™‚

Try out this fancy little player and listen and practice πŸ˜€

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The Asana Sequence:

Hands and Knees

Downward Facing Dog/Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana

downward facing dogone legged downward facing dog with hips squared

Twisting Lunge

lunge twist backbend 2lunge twist backbend

Plank

Cobra

cobra

Uttanasana

Uttanasana/Ardha Uttanasana x 2

uttanasanaardha uttanasana

Tadasana/Urdhva Hastasana

Surya Namaskar x 2

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

Crescent Pose (jump switch)

Parsvakonasana

Parvakonasana with forearm on thighparsvakonasana prep

Parsvotanasana

Trikonasana

trikonasana

Tree Pose

Malasana
Malasana
Ardha Chandrasana
ardha chandrasana

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana

Pigeon Prep

Ardha Bhekasana

Lunge Twisting Thigh Stretch
Deep Lunge Thigh stretch Backbend 2Deep Lunge Thigh stretch Backbend 1

Dhanurasana x 3

dhanurasana

Knees to Chest

apanasana

Supine Twist with Legs Crossed

Savasana

Episode 67: Why Listen? Level 2 75 Minute Yoga Class

5 May
Hunter Listens

Hunter Listens

I’m going to stop saying that I’m going to post more episodes more often. I absolutely don’t know! Agh! Mind you, I’m now all set up technically, finally! I’ve been recording more consistently, so now it’s just a about editing and posting πŸ™‚ I have recorded more than one class, and I’m refining my workflow so that I can TRULY post more episodes. I’m sure you all know by now, I’m a new Mom. My little baby is 7 months as I write this post. She has now settled into herself more, which is allowing me time to step into my own self. The only time that I have to upload, edit, post, etc. is when Hunter is sleeping. Those naps are the sacred time when I can do fun stuff like this podcast, PLUS all of the gazillion things that I have to catch up on: dishes, showers, general clean up, answering emails, paying bills, you get the picture. All I can say is that there aren’t enough hours in the day to do ALL that I want to do. My life continues to ebb and flow and my biggest focus is on always remembering to constantly re-align….OH, that’s the next episode!

In this week’s episode I talk about LISTENING. It was all brought about by my latest venture: teaching other yoga teachers/professionals to podcast. I actually did my first ‘virtual’ workshop! It was very cool. Anyway, within the workshop I explained why I’m partial to an AUDIO yoga class as opposed to VIDEO. Y’all can listen to my intro to find out why πŸ˜‰

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In this yoga podcast, we have a level 2 class! Can you believe it? It has been a while πŸ˜‰

The class was recorded at Yoga Matrika in Pittsburgh!

Props needed: a yoga block

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THE SEQUENCE

Hands and Knees

Downward Facing Dog/Eka Pada Downward Facing Dog/Opening the Hip in Down Dog/High Lunge

downward facing dogone legged downward facing dog with hips squaredOne legged Downward Facing Dog opening the hipOne legged Downward Facing Dog with crazy open hip
straight legged lunge

Plank

chattarunga

chattarunga dandasana

Downward Facing Dog

Uttanasana/Ardha Uttanasana x 3

uttanasanaardha uttanasana

Tadasana

Surya Namaskar x 3

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

Crescent Pose

Vira II into Reverse Vira

warrior IIreverse warrior

Trikonasana

trikonasana

Uttanasana with arms interlaced behind the back

Tadasana (with eyes closed)

Vira II into Reverse Warrior (with eyes closed)

warrior IIreverse warrior

Trikonasana (with eyes closed)

trikonasana

Tree Pose

Pincha Mayurasana Prep

pincha mayurasana arm alignmentpincha mayurasana prep 1pincha mayurasana prep 2

Pigeon

Pigeon Prep

Pigeon with Block on top of front thigh

Pigeon with Thigh stretch

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana with a thigh stretch

Setubandha into Urdhva Dhanurasana x 3

setubandha stage 1setubandha robot armssetubandha
urdhva dhanurasana

Downward Facing Dog with knees bent into Straight legged

dd_bent_legs

Child’s Pose

Supine Twist

Knees to Chest

apanasana

Savasana