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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

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Episode 64: From Pittsburgh! Expand and Contract, a Beginner 1 hr Yoga Class

18 Jun

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About this yoga podcast episode:

This is a total beginner yoga class, a fantastic class to start with, plus it’s only an hour πŸ˜‰ Let me know what you think!

I also suggest very strongly to put a blanket or a towel or something folded and supportive beneath your bum, especially if you have a tight lower back, hips and hamstrings. Do as I say, not what you see in the pics πŸ˜‰ (took the pics at work and there are no blankets or towels there…just dirty carpet!)

The Sequence of Yoga Poses:

Seated Meditation Sequence

Seated Side Stretch and Looking Up

Easy Seated Twist

Wide Baddha Konasana

Seated Forward Bend Prep Vinyasa

Supta Tadasana with arms facing each other

Supta Padangustasana Prep or Full Supta Padangustasana

Knees to Chest

Easy Supine Twist

Hands and Knees

Cat/Cow Stretches

Balasana

Downward Facing Dog x

Lunge Preparation and Full Lunge (arms inside of front leg)

Uttanasana

tadasana

Arm Salutations

Standing Side Stretches

Tadasana on tippy toes

Half Sun Salutes x 3

Tree Pose

Dandasana

Agni Stambasana Prep

Supine Twist Variation

Savasana