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Ep. 82: Stay Open, Learn, Choose the Highest and Share Level 2, 90 Min Yoga Class

10 Aug

YoGeek iPhone mudra, Polaroid, iPhone 4 yoga, iPhone 4 love

An iPhone 4 Yoga Class For Your Enjoyment!

And here I thought that I was going to get some time to be able to publish more episodes to you guys…in JULY.

Not so much, but alas! Here’s a yoga class to start the month off right! This one is close to my heart. It’s focus is all about the way we are swayed and often times misguided by what we see and hear all around us, especially the media. It is a call to take responsibility for our choice making and the way we go about making choices. The inspiration for this class came straight from all the hoopla around the iPhone 4 and its antenna issues.

If you happen to follow me on Twitter or are part of the Facebook Elsie’s Yoga Kula Community, you would know that I have an iPhone 4! Yipeeee! So I speak from my own experience with the device, and I’m totally loving it!

Given that I’m sure you have heard at least something about the whole antenna thing, so I sorta offer my 2 cents about it and wrap it around a yoga class.

What’s interesting about this theme is that it mirrored the hoopla around an article on my beloved teacher John Friend in the NY Times. If you haven’t already, please read the article, John’s response to the article PLUS Elephant Journal’s exclusive interview with John. Interesting how perspectives and opinions shift and change if you simply choose to step deeper into them 🙂 And move from your heart.

This week’s online yoga class

This yoga podcast class is a level 2 class, and if you have a yoga block in the house, please feel free to take it out and play with it during our backbends towards the end of class. I cut a bit of the class in the middle because I did a demo that doesn’t really work if you weren’t there so why put you guys through it 🙂 If you do hear references to it, or to another demo that I had a student do, just dismiss them. Pretend that you went to the bathroom during that part of the class!

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The Yoga Class Sequence

REMEMBER THAT IF YOU OWN THE IPHONE APP THE CLASS SEQUENCE COMES WITH THE EPISODE 🙂

Downward Facing Dog

Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana Opening Hip

One legged Downward Facing Dog opening the hipOne legged Downward Facing Dog with crazy open hip

High lunge onto straight leg on the front leg

straight legged lungeparsvottanasana variation

Downward Dog

Plank

Bend elbows 3 inches

Crescent pose into Lunge Twist

Uttanasana x ardha uttanasana

uttanasanaardha uttanasana

Hands on hips shoulders up stand

Arms up interlace hands

Tadasana With Arms Interlaced Above the Head

Contrast shoulder loop

Big shoulder stretch

Surya namaskar x 2

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

Wide stance uttanasana with arms interlaced behind the back

Surya namaskar to Downward Facing Dog

Vira 2 into reverse vira

warrior IIreverse warrior

Vinyasa

plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog

Trikonasana/ ardha chandrasana/ trikonasana

Down dog

Trikonasana sequence

Vinyasa

plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog

Uttanasana/ardha uttanasana

uttanasanaardha uttanasana

Standing hip stretch

Standing Hip Stretch Front (shrub)Standing Hip Stretch (shrub)

Standing hip stretch into standing baby craddle

LOTS OF TALKING

deep lunge with back leg straight

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

ardha bhekasana

DD with knees bent for lower back adjustment

Pigeon with Thigh stretch

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana with a thigh stretch

Downward Facing Dog

Uttanasana

hands of hips shoulders up stand up

BLOCK GATHERING

setubandha with block in between the thighs

(optional into Urdhva Dhanurasana)

setubandha with block in between your shins

(optional into Urdhva Dhanurasana)

Urdhva Dhanurasana or Bridge pose

easy supine twist

Supta Padangustasana variation with bottom leg bent/straightening the bottom leg

Savasana

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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 😦 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 🙂 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 🙂 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!!!!!

You all know how to reach me:

  • email me- eyogaclass (at) gmail (dot) com
  • leave me a message- 310 651 6238 (I’d love to play you guys on the episodes! Plus you can promote your stuff that way!)
  • or comment on this blog!

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All right, so here we go.

Or you can use this nifty little player!

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

Episode 67: Why Listen? Level 2 75 Minute Yoga Class

5 May
Hunter Listens

Hunter Listens

I’m going to stop saying that I’m going to post more episodes more often. I absolutely don’t know! Agh! Mind you, I’m now all set up technically, finally! I’ve been recording more consistently, so now it’s just a about editing and posting 🙂 I have recorded more than one class, and I’m refining my workflow so that I can TRULY post more episodes. I’m sure you all know by now, I’m a new Mom. My little baby is 7 months as I write this post. She has now settled into herself more, which is allowing me time to step into my own self. The only time that I have to upload, edit, post, etc. is when Hunter is sleeping. Those naps are the sacred time when I can do fun stuff like this podcast, PLUS all of the gazillion things that I have to catch up on: dishes, showers, general clean up, answering emails, paying bills, you get the picture. All I can say is that there aren’t enough hours in the day to do ALL that I want to do. My life continues to ebb and flow and my biggest focus is on always remembering to constantly re-align….OH, that’s the next episode!

In this week’s episode I talk about LISTENING. It was all brought about by my latest venture: teaching other yoga teachers/professionals to podcast. I actually did my first ‘virtual’ workshop! It was very cool. Anyway, within the workshop I explained why I’m partial to an AUDIO yoga class as opposed to VIDEO. Y’all can listen to my intro to find out why 😉

And my new site!
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Thank you for continuing to listen. I so appreciate you guys very very much.

Enjoy the yoga class!

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In this yoga podcast, we have a level 2 class! Can you believe it? It has been a while 😉

The class was recorded at Yoga Matrika in Pittsburgh!

Props needed: a yoga block

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THE SEQUENCE

Hands and Knees

Downward Facing Dog/Eka Pada Downward Facing Dog/Opening the Hip in Down Dog/High Lunge

downward facing dogone legged downward facing dog with hips squaredOne legged Downward Facing Dog opening the hipOne legged Downward Facing Dog with crazy open hip
straight legged lunge

Plank

chattarunga

chattarunga dandasana

Downward Facing Dog

Uttanasana/Ardha Uttanasana x 3

uttanasanaardha uttanasana

Tadasana

Surya Namaskar x 3

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

Crescent Pose

Vira II into Reverse Vira

warrior IIreverse warrior

Trikonasana

trikonasana

Uttanasana with arms interlaced behind the back

Tadasana (with eyes closed)

Vira II into Reverse Warrior (with eyes closed)

warrior IIreverse warrior

Trikonasana (with eyes closed)

trikonasana

Tree Pose

Pincha Mayurasana Prep

pincha mayurasana arm alignmentpincha mayurasana prep 1pincha mayurasana prep 2

Pigeon

Pigeon Prep

Pigeon with Block on top of front thigh

Pigeon with Thigh stretch

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana with a thigh stretch

Setubandha into Urdhva Dhanurasana x 3

setubandha stage 1setubandha robot armssetubandha
urdhva dhanurasana

Downward Facing Dog with knees bent into Straight legged

dd_bent_legs

Child’s Pose

Supine Twist

Knees to Chest

apanasana

Savasana

Sharing My Personal Prenatal Yoga Practice- 1 hr Video!

5 Sep

The majority of my pregnancy has not been about sharing too much. This is my first pregnancy so obviously everything was new to me. I felt a strong need to stay inside a bit more. I allowed my yoga podcast to take a bit of a back seat as my body, my heart, my mind slowly morphed into motherhood preparation 🙂

I think God did some great thinking having us HAVE to allow the baby to grow for 9 MONTHS!!! It’s the beginning of patience I tell you. I cannot tell you how many times I just wanted her out! Not out of discomfort or pregnancy aches and pains, but simply because I just wanted to hold her already!!! Big lesson for me, big lesson.

I’ve gotten to a point where my pregnancy is a bigger part of my body. I had been blessed by having a pretty seamless pregnancy. She grew slowly. I haven’t really gained that much weight. There have been changes, but as they happen so very slowly, I was able to align with the shifts and make choices that would support my weight gain. It’s now, at the 8th month that I ‘feel’ absolutely PREGNANT 😀 I have to move slower, mind my steps, move around a lot more as being in one position for too long does not feel good, and I am getting all sort of achies and shifties all throughout my hips and belly. I particularly dislike getting in and out of cars. Oh lordy if the cars are short cars…Tough I tell you.

So, I share with you now, my prenatal yoga practice. I speak with you as if you were with me, telling you the why of what I do. It all happens organically. I did not plan on a specific practice. I just followed my own instincts, focusing on my baby girl and what feels good in my body. I am not in any way saying that all pregnant women should feel good doing what I do, or that THIS is the way to practice. I’m sharing to have you be with me and perhaps share some of my insights with you that I have learned 🙂 I would love to start a conversation, both with pregnant yoginis, wanna be pregnant yoginis, or just plain ‘ol yoginis that want to deepen their understanding of their female body (possibly even having gone through this already)

Please comment!

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I had to compress the video A LOT, as it’s a 1 hour video, please bear with the lack of resolution 😦 But, if you would like to receive this class in High Definition DVD, I would be happy to mail it out to you for a small donation of $5 + $1 shipping 😀

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