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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 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 πŸ˜€

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 πŸ™‚ 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 73: Skillfully Attune to Know Deeper, A 75 Min Level 2 Yoga Class

8 Aug

How Do We Truly Know Anything?

Man am I always a mess! Believe me, I do try to be neat…and tidy…and organized…but somehow I always end up with fantastic chaos all around me πŸ˜‰ The worst part about this is that I was like this BEFORE I welcomed my beloved baby, so now with her in the picture my chaos(mess) has escalated to new heights. The good thing is that as the mess escalates my need to find clarity also grows and thus came the theme for this week’s yoga class πŸ™‚

My teacher John guided me to recognize how one truly begins to know something. How do we acquire knowledge? Deep knowledge? How do we align with anything? You soften, feel and attune. We attune to the Highest. We attune by getting close to that which we wish to know. This learning is not a head thing, but a heart thing as we truly begin to ‘vibe’ with and resonate with each other at a much deeper level πŸ˜€ Listen and practice to the class and see if you can begin to attune to something bigger!

Finally something other than a Level 1 basic yoga class! This week’s class is a Level 2 Yoga Class, not quite an ‘advanced’ yoga class, but a bit faster in pace and a warmer practice. You will find within this class preparations for more advanced postures such as Urdhva Prasarita Ekapadasana into Handstand (Standing Splits into Handstand) and Archback (maybe even a drop back *yikes*). If you are a seasoned asana practitioner and are acquainted with these poses, please feel free to rock it in the comfort of your own sacred practice space πŸ˜‰

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This week’s Yoga Class Online is a Level 2 Yoga Class

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This class was recorded at Yoga Matrika on June 15, 2009

The Sequence of Yoga Poses in this week’s Yoga Podcast Episode is:

Downward Facing Dog

Straight Legged Lunge/Straightening Front Leg (hamstring stretch)

straight legged lungeparsvottanasana variation

Vinyasa

plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog

Uttanasana

Urdhva Hastasana (Moving into standing arch back)

Vinyasa

plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog

Crescent Pose

Vinyasa

plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog

Tadasana

Urdhva Hastasana (Moving into standing arch back)

Vinyasa

plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog

Parsvakonasana Prep

Parvakonasana with forearm on thighparsvakonasana prep

Parsvakonasana Full

Parsvakonasana

Uttanasana

Handstand Prep through Standing Splits

standing splits

Malasana

Malasana

runner’s stretch or hanumanasana prep

Deep Lunge on Forearms

Deep Lunge with back knee on the floor deep lunge with forearms on the floor

Twisting Parsvakonasana

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana Prep

Pigeon Prep

Pigeon with Twist

Pigeon with a twist

Modified Child’s Pose on Forearms

Lunge with Thigh Stretch

Lunge with thigh stretch

Plank on tops of the feet

chattarunga dandasana on tops of the feet

Vinyasa

Balasana

Urdhva Dhanurasana x 3

urdhva dhanurasana

Supine Twist

Knees to Chest

apanasana

Savasana

Episode 72: July 4th How Clear Is Your Heart To Reflect Freedom? A Beginner 1 hour Yoga Class

7 Jul
Auspicious Flag Blowing in the Breeze

Auspicious Flag Blowing in the Breeze

Declare Your Freedom

I had the opportunity to teach a yoga class at this year’s Annual Mensa Gathering in Pittsburgh! It was quite an exciting experience. It’s always such a treat to teach outside of the yoga studio, and it’s also very exciting not knowing who is going to be showing up πŸ™‚ I was thrilled to see a pretty good outcome of between 20-25 people. The majority of them did not have yoga mats and quite a few of them weren’t wearing what we would call ‘yoga clothing’.

You see, none of this matters. The practice can be done anywhere, no props nor specific attire needed!

How Do Your Choices Reflect Optimal Freedom?

This yoga class is what I would call a beginners class. Although one does not need to be a beginner to practice it. We as practitioners can bring complexity to any class as we choose to step deeper into it’s nuances and continue to make more meaning with every breath and every movement. Something simple can be ever so fulfilling and can become a gift to all of us who choose to pull the meaning of our hearts into it πŸ˜€ Let me know your thoughts! Enjoy the practice!

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This week’s Yoga Class Online is a beginner yoga class

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The Sequence of Yoga Poses in this week’s Yoga Podcast Episode is:

BEGINNING SEATED YOGA

Sukhasana with arms interlaced above head

sukhasana_parvatasana_arms

Sukhasana side stretch

Sukhasana with arms over head

Sukhasana w/ eyes closed

BASIC YOGA STANDING SEQUENCE

Tadasana

Arms over head

One arm up over the head with palm of the hand facing forward

Tadasana with One Arm Up Over Head

Arms interlaced overhead

Tadasana With Arms Interlaced Above the Head

Arms interlaced behind the back

Tadasana With Arms Interlaced Behind the Back

Standing stretch to the side

Arm salutations

SIMPLE YOGA ASANA SEQUENCE AT THE WALL

Shower pose

Yoga Shoulder Stretch at the Wall or Shower Stretch

L pose at the wall

L Pose At the Wall (shoulder stretch)

Shoulder stretch at the wall

Forearm Shoulder Stretch at the Wall

Modified Parvotanasana at the wall

Modified Parvotanasana At the Wall

Pavrita Trikonasana prep at the wall w/ clock arm

Pavrita Trikonasana Preparation at the WallPavrita Trikonasana Preparation at Wall 2Pavrita Trikonasana Preparation at the Wall 3Pavrita Trikonasana Preparation at the Wall 4

Tree Pose

Easy Seated Yoga Sequence

Dandasana

Marychiasana III

Marychiasana III

Gomukhasana

Gomukhasana

Agni Stambasana

Agni Stambasana

UNCOMPLICATED SUPINE YOGA ASANA SEQUENCE

Modified supta padangustasana

Easy supine twist

Apanasana

apanasana