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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 ™ 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 🙂

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 🙂

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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What Does Namaste Mean?

8 Nov

I cannot even begin to share with you guys how often I get asked this question. Sometimes I feel a bit weird explaining it’s meaning as there’s so much more to it than just the definition.

Namaste holds a powerful relationship between people. It is a deep grounded in deep respect both in each other’s individuality and EVERYTHING that makes us the same.

One of my Facebook friends shared this video and I instantly fell in love with it.

If I could just have this little video with me all the time and play it whenever anyone asked me: what does Namaste mean? You betcha I’d play this puppy 😀

Please watch. Enjoy the power and…well just watch 😉

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 😀

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….

PS

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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

Elsie’s Yoga Class has an iPhone App!

10 Sep

Elsie's Yoga Class Podcast iPhone App Artwork

Hello my sweet and mighty podcast virtual kula 🙂

I have a SWEEEEEET announcement:

Elsie’s Yoga Class has an iPhone/iPod Touch app!!! Wooo hoooo!!!!

The folks over at Wizzard Media were kind enough to offer to do it for me and voila 🙂

Now what does this mean?

If you have an iPhone or Touch you can purchase the app via the iTunes store for $3.99, and with that minimal investment, you get:

  • All episodes available with one touch (no downloading onto the device, no hogging up any memory)
  • Extra content!!!! Primarily a PDF file of the class sequence, but sometimes there will be extra audio or video content.
  • One click connection – press a button and you can go directly to elsie’s yoga kula, or my twitter account, email me or call me right from the device!

How’s that for having over 70 yoga classes in your pocket at the touch of a button?

****if you have an iPod Touch, please note that the classes will only be available to you if you are connected via WiFi***

I’m currently working on getting the PDFs of the sequences together, so at this moment there is very little extra content, BUT what’s REALLY cool is that whenever I do upload the extra content you will have it. You don’t have to do anything else, just check the app, the particular episodes and see if there’s an ‘extra’ button. If that button is there, you’ve got some extra content!

I don’t generally ask much from you guys, but I’m going to ask for a bit of a favor. The way that the iTunes algorithm works is based on the amount of traffic that a particular app receives every week: purchases and reviews. I would really love to get up in the rankings with this app so more folks can find it organically. My humble request to you is to purchase the app and review it as soon as you can *bowing to you* Plus, full disclosure, I do make a teeny bit of money for every purchase, split between iTunes, Wizzard Media and I  🙂

If you would like to donate a little something to the podcast? Buy the app and tell your friends 😀

If you have any questions please feel free to contact me!

The link that follows takes you directly to the iTunes music store link, so if you have iTunes installed it will launch it for you. If you don’t want that to happen you can search for Elsie’s Yoga Class in the app store in iTunes

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewSoftware?id=329177574&mt=8

Your feedback is greatly appreciated!!!!!!!!

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