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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 โ„ข 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Hope you guys enjoy!

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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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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

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Episode 74: Sankalpa, 90 min Level 1 Yoga Class

14 Sep

Sankalpa

Ready to delve into the depth of your Heart? Yikes!

One of my all times favorite themes to teach is Sankalpa, or Intention. This isn’t a general intention, or a teeny tiny intention but your heart’s truest wish, your deepest heart’s desire embedded in the richness of your Self. I know that when I was first offered the opportunity to meditate, truly ponder my sankalpa, it began to shift me very deeply. In fact it was the mere asking of ‘what is my intention’ that facilitated living a more fulfilled and truthful life. It informs my life every day, and now it becomes even more important as it helps guide me to be a better mother. I also must be honest. The power of one’s own Sankalpa is very powerful, and at times requires a great shift from us if we are going to align with it fully. I felt my Sankalpa, I knew it in my cells and for many years I chose to ‘ignore’ it’s fullness, for lack of better words. I was not ready to truly embrace what living in my truth would require of me. It took me years, plus the help of those around me who knew me and loved me enough to require me to be absolutely honest with myself ๐Ÿ˜€

I recorded this week’s yoga class at Yoga Matrika in Squirrel Hill, where I’ve had the opportunity to teach series classes, all with a connecting theme. This specific series was called “Yoga With Grace”, just a very welcoming way in which to offer yoga classes that were beyond just the yoga poses, beyond the asana. I had the opportunity to teach more from the Heart, from a deeper place of basic Anusara philosophy, tapping deeper into the Source.

Although this class is a very basic Level 1 yoga class, with a lot of basic alignment and instruction, the theme is always one that we can always step deeper into. If you are feeling a bit down, disconnected, lost, possibly need a tune up, do this yoga class ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh, and how about a piece of paper? and pen? Just to write down some thoughts, especially during the opening meditation. Let me know how it goes….

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This Week’s Yoga Class is a Level 1 Basic Class

The Sequence of Yoga Poses in the Class is:

Hands and Knees

Downward Facing Dog

Hands and Knees

Downward Facing Dog/Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana/Straight Legged Lunge/Straightening the Front Leg

downward facing dogone legged downward facing dog with hips squaredstraight legged lungeparsvottanasana variation

Downward Facing Dog

Repeat sequence above on other leg

Uttanasana/Ardha Uttanasana x 3

uttanasanaardha uttanasana

Hands on Hips, Shoulders up/Tadasana

Arm Salutes

Half Sun Salute

Lunge with knee on the floor

Lunge with bent leg

Adho Mukha Svanasana

Lunge with knee on the floor

Lunge with bent leg

Uttanasana/Ardha Uttanasana

uttanasanaardha uttanasana

Tadasana

High Lunge

Downward Facing Dog

Modified Plank with Knees on the Floor

modified plank pose

Modified Salabhasana with hands off the floor

Cobra Pose

cobra

Downward Facing Dog/Tadasana

Arms interlaced behind the Back

Tadasana With Arms Interlaced Behind the Back

Vinyasa

plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog

Child’s Pose

Facing to the Side

Parvakonasana

parsvakonasana prepParvakonasana with forearm on thighParsvakonasana

Prasaritapadotanasana

prasarita padotanasana

Vira II

warrior II

Tree Pose

Sitting Poses (grab a blanket)

Agni Stambasana

Agni Stambasana

Sukhasana Twist

Apanasana

apanasana

Savasana

Episode 68: Align and Re-Align with Sensitivity- Level 1-2 75 min Yoga Class

10 May
Looking up

Be Open to Uncertainty

Aligning and Re-Aligning

My baby girl has recently started having solid food. She got constipated. One would imagine that the only thing that it would affect, would be her demeanor, as she was pretty uncomfortable. In fact, this constipation made other things come out of alignment. She was unable to process her food properly because nothing was really moving ๐Ÿ˜ฆ She threw up. A lot. This made me very worried, as she had never done that before! This is this week’s yoga class theme. Listen to find out what my very wise Randy had to say and how it all turned out ๐Ÿ™‚ Oh yeah, the class was recorded on April 22 at the Pittsburgh Athletic Association

Thank you all for your comments!

Just to let you all know. I’m plan on supplementing the live yoga classes with little extra episodes sprinkled here and there. Since the yoga classes themselves are so long, I never want to make my intro more than 6 minutes, as you really need to be getting to practicing! Given this predicament, I’ve decided to address emails, questions and feedback that I get from you guys in another supplement of the podcast, this is going to be all about Elsie’s Yoga Kula, meaning both YOU GUYS (your feedback, your questions, etc) and a little bit of extra sharing on my part, thoughts, focused classes, or practices, or even news about yoga products or any other online yoga tools that I have found helpful.

What do you think about that? Let me know!

To add just a bit more to my plate I have started a new website/business ๐Ÿ™‚ YoGeek.Me. I have posted my very first blog post there: Top 10 Ways That Technology Empowers Yoga Professionals. Check it out! I would love for you to leave your comments, especially if you are a yoga teacher or maybe someone that simply feels a bit awkward with technology!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY TO ALL THE LOVELY MAMAS OUT THERE!!!!!

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This week’s online yoga class podcast is a 75 min Level 1-2 Class

The Asana Sequence

Seated side stretch

Hands and knees

Downward Facing Dog

Child’s pose

Hands and knees

Downward Facing Dog

Downward Facing Dog with knees bent

dd_bent_legs

Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana

one legged downward facing dog with hips squaredstraight legged lunge

Uttanasana

Uttanasana/Ardha Uttanasana x 2

uttanasanaardha uttanasana

Straight Legged Lunge

straight legged lunge

Plank

Chattarunga

chattarunga dandasana

Cobra

cobra

Downward Facing Dog

Uttanasana/Ardha Uttanasana x 2

uttanasanaardha uttanasana

Tadasana

Arm Salutations

Half Sun Salutation

Surya Namaskar

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

Crescent Pose

Parvakonasana

Parvakonasana with forearm on thighparsvakonasana prep

(Random TMI- sorry about that!)

Downward Facing Dog Opening the hip

One legged Downward Facing Dog opening the hip

Pavrita Parsvakonasana Prep or full

PICTURES FOR THE FOLLOWING POSES ARE COMING!

Uttanasana Twist (slide)

Utkatasana Twist

Utthita Hasta Padangustasana Prep

Modified Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana Sequence

Eka Pada Gomukhapaschimotanasana

Baddha Konasana

setubandha stage 1setubandha robot armssetubandha

Supine Twist

Savasana