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Episode 74: Sankalpa, 90 min Level 1 Yoga Class

14 Sep


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 😀

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 🙂 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


High Lunge

Downward Facing Dog

Modified Plank with Knees on the Floor

modified plank pose

Modified Salabhasana with hands off the floor

Cobra Pose


Downward Facing Dog/Tadasana

Arms interlaced behind the Back

Tadasana With Arms Interlaced Behind the Back


plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog

Child’s Pose

Facing to the Side


parsvakonasana prepParvakonasana with forearm on thighParsvakonasana


prasarita padotanasana

Vira II

warrior II

Tree Pose

Sitting Poses (grab a blanket)

Agni Stambasana

Agni Stambasana

Sukhasana Twist