Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Honor the Dark, Renew Hope with the Light

Theme: honor the dark and celebrate the returning light. 
It is very important for me to I remember pulsation. I learn the beauty of pulsation from nature. For example it isn't always light and it isn't always dark. That this duality is a vital and beautiful part of life. Sometimes when I experience a darker feeling or shadow aspect of myself I feel like it will last forever! But just like in nature I remind myself that this too will pass. I remind myself this even when I am ecstatic and on top of the world, that yes this to will pass. This helps me not cling to or avoid feelings or situations because I know wonderful and challenging aspects of life are pulsating into and out of my experience always and I can be grateful for both. As cliche as it is, we can not have the light with out the dark. So on this day of Yule/ winter solstice when we are experiencing the darkest night we can honor the darkness and all that it brings and we can also celebrate the return of the light. 
Anecdote: winter solstice 
UPA: inner body bright 
Apex; visvamitrasana 
Heart quality: Hope 
Props: strap, 2 blocks, blanket 
This is an abbreviated excerpt of "A Celebration of Winter Solstice" from The Circle of Life by Joyce Rupp and Macrina Wiederkehr.
"There is a tendency to want to hurry from autumn to spring, to avoid the long dark days that winter brings. Many people do not like constant days bereft of light and months filled with colder temperatures. They struggle with the bleakness of land and the emptiness of trees. Their eyes and hearts seek color. Their spirits tire of tasting the endless gray skies. There is great rejoicing in the thought that light and warmth will soon be filling more and more of each new day.
"But winter darkness has a positive side to it. As we gather to celebrate the first turn from winter to spring, we are invited to recognize and honor the beauty in the often unwanted season of winter. Let us invite our hearts to be glad for the courage winter proclaims. Let us be grateful for the wisdom winter brings in teaching us about the need for withdrawal as an essential part of renewal. Let us also encourage our spirits as Earth prepares to come forth from this time of withdrawal into a season filled with light.
"The winter solstice celebrates the return of hope to our land as our planet experiences the first slow turn toward greater daylight. Soon we will welcome the return of the sun and the coming of springtime. As we do so, let us remember and embrace the positive, enriching aspects of winter's darkness. Pause now to sit in silence in the darkness of this space. Let this space be a safe enclosure of creative gestation for you."
Warm up: 
Table jump rope spine 
Half moon side stretch 2x 

Sun b 3x 
Utkatasana twist- L twist- warrior 2- rev warrior - AMS- utt
Mod. Parsvak 
Dolphin- pincha manyurasana 

Lunge t arms twist- rev L- high runners lunge twist- Anjaneyasana twist with quad 
Pigeon quad 
Twisting pigeon quad 
Ardha hanumanasana with front foot wide- scandasana 

Double pigeon - compass 
Visvamitrasana mod. 

Cool down:
Parsva janusirsasana prep fold down middle 
Parsva janusirsasana strap 

Shavasana supported supta baddha konasana 

A Winter Solstice Prayer by Edward Hays from Prayers for a Planetary Pilgrim.
The dark shadow of space leans over us. . . . .
We are mindful that the darkness of greed, exploitation, and hatred
also lengthens its shadow over our small planet Earth.
As our ancestors feared death and evil and all the dark powers of winter,
we fear that the darkness of war, discrimination, and selfishness
may doom us and our planet to an eternal winter.
May we find hope in the lights we have kindled on this sacred night,
hope in one another and in all who form the web-work of peace and justice
that spans the world.
In the heart of every person on this Earth
burns the spark of luminous goodness;
in no heart is there total darkness.
May we who have celebrated this winter solstice,
by our lives and service, by our prayers and love,
call forth from one another the light and the love
that is hidden in every heart.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Winter Solstice, Kali, and Transformation

Theme: fiercely cut away the old leave it in the darkness and move forward free with the light. 
Anecdote: winter solstice and Kali 

Kali the dark mother is portrayed fiercely dripping with blood, tongue out, wearing a garland of skulls, a belt of severed arms, and holds many weapons. She is the destroyer that brings transformation and shows us the importance of cycles that we see everywhere in seasons, relationships, moods.... We are reminded of this with winter solstice. That out of the darkness comes new light. Change can be scary and it is Kali who transforms our fear into freedom as she cuts away negative habitual patterns inside of us. During Yule, ask yourself: what do you want to leave behind in the darkness? What do you want to grow with the light? 

A mantra to honour Kali within you is: Om Sri Kalyai Namaha - Om is the cosmic sound, Sri the divine mother, Kalyai, the remover of obstacles and Namaha is a way of embracing these aspects within us all.
UPA: shins in thighs out (SITO) Her fierceness and intensity is seen and felt with shins in and the freedom and transformation is felt with the thighs out. Thighs out is part of inner spiral, it is the widening aspect. Shins in is from outer spiral and helps keep the knee tracking over the second toe. 
Heart quality: transformation and freedom 
Apex pose: bound Parsvakonasana 
Pranayama: Kali's sword breath Benefits: Revitalizes the spirit, enhances mental clarity, recharges the subtle body, releases stuck energy. 
To begin: take a wide Goddess Pose stance and visualize you have Kali’s swift sword of freedom and detachment. This dynamic pranayama has three strong inhalations followed by a full exhalation through the mouth—Kali-style, tongue out. First inhale: Bring your hands together below your navel, drawing them up the front of the body overhead. Second inhale: from overhead position, expand your arms out wide to the sides and up. Third inhale: Bring your hands back together below your navel, drawing them up the front of the body overhead again. Full exhale: pull your hands fiercely down the front of your body, leaning forward, and exhaling through your mouth with your tongue out. Visualize yourself cutting away negative habitual patterns and freeing yourself from false concepts that imprison you. Surrender into your heart and call forth the essence of Kali within you to transform fear into love. REPEAT Complete 10 rounds of this breath practice to honor the form of Kali with 10 arms. (This breath technique is from the wonderful Sianna Sherman) 

Warm up
Uttanasana- ardha uttanasana 3x 
Uttanasana manual SITO hands press on outer shins 
High runners lunge manual SITO front leg- high runners lunge twist 

Warrior 2
Mod. Parsvakonasana - Parsvakonasana 
Warrior 2- reverse warrior - Parsvakonasana - w2 3x 
Scandasana - half moon - standing pigeon 
Goddess pose with Kali Sword Breath- wide leg forward fold- flat back work SITO action in legs - clasp hands behind back

Pincha manyurasana 
Anjaneyasana quad - Anjaneyasana twist with quad- half moon - eagle 
Bound Parsvak (apex) 2x
W1 - twist 

Cool down 
Double pigeon 
Compass pose 
Partner Uptivista konasana partner uses their feet to yogis ankles to provide resistance for shins in while yoga then does thighs out 
Ardha matseyendrasana 
Baddha konasana


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Friday, December 11, 2015

Forgiveness = Freedom

Theme: experience the freedom that comes with forgiveness 
Anecdote: the new moon 
As we move into a new pulsation with the new moon, it is important to look ahead instead of looking back. Resentments toward others and ourself can keep us weighted down and stuck in the past. Cultivating forgiveness is freeing! Take a deep breath and allow the goodness and love to expand inside of you and to penetrate into your soul as a result of forgiving and letting go. Honor that today is the first day of the rest of your life. How do you want to live it? Have the strength (Shins in) to let go of the old and to welcome the new (thighs out). 
UPA: shins in thighs out
Heart quality: forgiveness + freedom
Apex: Parsvakonasana 
Quotes: forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. - Mahatma Gandhi
I forgive, heal and release everything that consciously or unconsciously could delay or block the complete evolution of my being. - Mario Liani
Props: block, strap

Warm up 
Table cat/cow
Table shalabasana bum work (extend leg to back of room: flex and extend leg. Move knew toward same side wall keep knee flexed: abduct and adduct thigh. with thigh abducted: flex and extend leg toward side wall) 
AMS - Lunge

Tadasana manual SITO with block around shins and strap around thighs - sun 3x 
Uttasasana manual sito with hands
L hand on outer front shin pressing in 
Hrl twist - scandasana 
Prasarita padottanasana hands interlaced sito arms 

Table sito - pigeon very short back knee almost touching front ankle sito- move back knee further back for deeper pigeon 
Ardha chandrasana- Standing pigeon manual thighs out with hands to inner thighs - Eagle 

Parsvak ultimate freedom asist (one person in parsva the partner stabilizes back foot with there foot buts a hand to their outer shin pressing "in" and then their other hand/forearm to the yogis back inner thigh pressing "out" the out is most important because it lets yogi feel stable. An additional assist is to move lower hand off shin and onto hip to root down with organic energy while yogi scopes tail bone and extend out)

Cool down: 
Double pigeon hands press into feet (shins in) to give resistance to broaden thighs out 
Ardha matseyendrasana
 meditation/ shavasana

Monday, December 7, 2015

Self Care with Endurance

Theme: endurance in self care. 
Anecdote: the holiday season. It is a time of giving and sometimes when we give, give, give and don't take time to fill our own cup and take care of ourself we end up sick, tired and depleted. Last week we talked about cultivating endurance in giving. Being able to give consistently and we linked this to the universal principle of alignment of organic energy. Today we are going to remember the importance of self care before we give. Not that we give ourself a little self care and attention but that we can give ourself this comfort with endurance! Because like anything consistency is key! 
UPA: muscle energy (with endurance) 
Apex: hanumanasana 
Muscular energy is a terrific alignment focus when working toward hanumanasana, full splits, because the muscular engagements gives comforts to our proprioceptors so we can go deeper into the pose while keeping our body safe. I like to think of proprioceptors as little alarms spread throughout the muscles and when these alarms monitor a stretch the alarms go off which seize the muscle up to prevent injury. However if you engage your muscle consistently for 30 seconds (minimum )those proprioceptors are reassured that the muscle is not in danger and the muscle can move deeper into a stretch. So we can't just engage are muscles for a moment and then stretch that's not enough, we have to have endurance in our self care and hold that embrace of ourself so we can give and stretch without getting injured, sick or overwhelmed. So get ready to give your self some comfort and some hugs with your muscles, you deserve it!

Warm up 
Uttanasana engage muscles- ardha utt 3x
Utt- hrl twist 
Utt- standing hip stretch- standing quad - L
AMS 3 hops forward to utt 

Utt blanket roll under balls of feet- parsvottonasa - Malasana blanket roll under heals
 paschimotonasana blanket roll under 
sit bones 
Hero with blanket roll btw calves and hamstrings moving from knees to heels in small increments 
Cow face 
Pigeon quad 
Dolphin leg lift 

AMS- Parsvak hop switch Parsvak 
AMS- trikonasana hop switch trikonasana 
Utt- hrl- parsvot 3x - s.s- hop 3x 

Tad- knee to chest- w3 - 3x- hanumanasana - AMS hop forward
Utt- standing splits- hanumanasana - AMS hop forward 
W1- twist 

Cool down 
AMS 1 minute hold 
Double pigeon 
Wide leg forward fold 
Supta root femur 

Monday, November 9, 2015


Theme:  The five acts of Shiva/ Grace. Focusing on Dissolution. 
Anecdote: we are in the transition between fall and winter. The bright orange, red and yellow leaves are falling. The vital vegetation is turning brown, dry and cold. This is a process of dissolution which is part of the five acts of Shiva/ Grace. The five acts are: Revelation, Creation, Sustenance, Dissolution, and Concealment. By knowing how Grace acts we can align with her. So instead of avoiding dissolution or concealment (which is common in the parochial system) we can embrace these parts of life, knowing they are part of the cycle of Grace. We experience Graces pulsation through these 5 acts in our breath, through the start and end of our day, through our interactions, over long periods of time and short periods of time. These five acts of pulsation vibrate through every aspect of our life!
 In the midsts of this transition to winter I am reminded of dissolution. The importance to let go, get settled with in myself and prepare to rest (concealment). Another aspect of nature that I have been observing dissolution is the cycle of the moon. She is currently last silver crescent, the final stage of waning (dissolution) before going dark (concealment) to when she will begin again with the new moon (revelation). *Sigh* These cycles are so beautiful to me and when I observe them happening around me and inside of me I feel so CONNECTED and in alignment with Grace, which is our main intention in Anusara Yoga. 
UPA emphasis: inner spiral (turning within, and expanding to let go of what we don't need like tension in the hips) 
Heart Quality: stillness, silence, quite!
Props: 2 blocks, blanket, bolster 
  • Surya namaskar 3x In cobra pose: lift one leg hug to the midline, from the outer foot up through the outer ankle, shin and hip turn in, back and wide (inner spiral) then extend foot out from hip and place back on floor. Repeat on other side. Then curl cobra. 
  • Prasarita padottanasana with twist
  • Lunge to standing quad stretch to lunge 
  • Parsvottanasana to Urdhva prasarita eka padasana to handstand hops 
  • Handstand partner press up into handstand by holding the top leg powerfully to the midline pressing into the resistance provided by partners hand 
  • Parsvakonasana to high runners lunge with twist add quad stretch 
  • Tree to standing hip stretch to Virabhadrasana 1
  • Parivrtta Parsvakonasana
  • Parivrtta Trikonasana
  • Brigid’s Cross
  • Anjaneyasana with thigh stretch
  • Hanumanasana
  • Setu Bandha Sarvangasana
  • Eka Pada Setu Bandha Sarvangasana 
  • Virasana/Supta Virasana
  • Triangmukhaipada pascimottanasana/Krounchasana
  • Agnistambhasana
  • Janu Sirsasana
  • Pascimottanasana

Saturday, October 31, 2015

Anusara Yoga SPOOKtacular Halloween Class

Anusara Yoga SPOOKtacular Halloween Class Plan + Theme + Sequence

Halloween is a time of courage! Where spooky things often jump out at us, our heart quicken and we feel alive! What can be even more scary then a haunted house or a scary movie is unveiling the masks we wear on a daily basis. These daily masks we wear to protect ourself let's us feel safe. Taking off our masks, being vulnerable, authentic and honest takes courage, connects us to our heart and let's us feel alive! Alive and real. It's scary but a quote I love is "magic happens outside of our comfort zone". While everyone else is dressing up for Halloween in todays yoga class let's dress down. Let's push ourself outside our comfort zone, take off our masks and unveil the magic and beauty of our hearts. 

Theme: Magic happens outside our comfort zone 

Anecdote: Halloween 

Heart quality: courage 

Apex: drop backs 

UPA: Open To Grace (opening ourself up to something bigger then our comfort zone.) Muscle Energy (drawing into ourself to find courage and stability) Shoulder Loop (courageously opening out heart) 

Warm up:
Tadasana half moon stretch 
Lunge with side stretch 
Lunge bend and straighten back leg 3x- Anjaneyasana with side stretch 

Upright EPRK prep
Prone pec stretch 
Anjaneyasana twist with quad stretch 
Lunge twist - high runners lunge twist 
Goddess- prasarita padottanasan hands clasp behind back
Malasana- bakasana
Rev warrior - parsvakonasana  
Lunge eagle arms- eagle- standing backbend 

Dolphin hands turned out on wall 
Pincha mayurasana
Quad stretch at wall 
Ustrasana against wall 
Danurasana - side- side 
Setu bandha sarvangasana 

Urdhva danurasana 2x
Drop backs with partner
AMS with partner

Cool down:
Double pigeon 
Upavistha konasana
Supta symmetrical root femurs 


Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Soft and Kind

Theme: practice life on the mat. When fasted with different poses (circumstances) practice being soft and kind. 
Antidote: We can let the circumstances of our lives harden us
so that we become increasingly resentful and afraid,
or we can let them soften us, and make us kinder.
We always have the choice.
Dalai Lama
Heart quality: kindness 
Poe: outer body soft (1st principe) 
Apex: hanumanasana

Warm up: 
Sun a 3x 
Sun b 3x

Hrl- tree- eagle 
Hrl twist- w2- rev w
L.l quad- Trikonasana 
Hrl twist - scandasana- half moon

Standing pigeon
Utkatasana twist - Side crow  
Half hanuman 3 positions of front leg to target each hamstring muscle (straight forward/wide/ and across) - standing splits-handstand hop 
Heros pose with blanket roll 
Uttanasana on blanket roll
Parsvotonasana with ankle loop- s.s- tad balance- w3 3x- w1


Cool down 
Root femurs 
supta twist 
Supported child's pose with bolster and block 
Supported shavasana with bolster and block 

Friday, September 25, 2015

Full Moon

Theme: experience your fullness
Antidote: Super Blood Moon eclipse on night of September 27 2015 +
Story of Ganesha breaking the moon into 16 pieces (phases we experience of the moon) with his tusk
Heart quality: Joy
Universal principle of alignment focus: First Principle. In tantric belief they say the sun is in your solar plexus and the moon is in your feet and crown of head. We will use our foundation (feet) pressing down lift our crown up toward the sky lengthening our sides bodies and performing inner body bright. These three actions (foundation, side bodies long and inner body bright) make up first principle, Open to Grace. 

The moon phases remind us of the beauty and joy that come from revelation and concealment. If something we love, like a favorite food (from Ganesh's story) was alway available and eaten at every meal it would no long be a favorite and we would start to dislike it. Or if the moon was always full it wouldn't be as magical. Our body won't always be held in perfect alignment or feel super open but I when it is we can recognize the fullness and find the joy in it. We can also remind ourself of this when we are faced with moments of concealment, remembering something wonderful is yet to be revealed.  This is a lesson the moon constantly teaches me as it pulsates into and out of fullness. 

Moon details: It’s the Northern Hemisphere’s Harvest Moon, or full moon nearest the September equinox. It’s the Southern Hemisphere’s first full moon of spring. This Septembers full moon is also called a Blood Moon, because it presents the fourth and final eclipse of a lunar tetrad: four straight total eclipses of the moon, spaced at six lunar months (full moons) apart. This will be the first supermoon eclipse in 33 years and the next such event will be seen in 2033. The Earth's shadow will begin to dim the 'supermoon' at 8:11 p.m. EDT on Sept. 27, which will also be a harvest moon, according to NASA. The total lunar eclipse will start at 10:11 p.m. EDT, giving the moon a reddish tinge, and will last an hour and 12 minutes.


•  5-7 min -  Centering seated. 5-7 min.

•   5 - 10 min - Dynamic Warm ups - movement with breath, no holds, not technical, large muscles
AMS - Tadasana 
Standing half moon side stretch 
Sun A 3x 
Moon Salutation 2x (Tadasana- uttanasana- Anjaneyasana - knees/chest/chin- AMS- Anjaneyasana- uttanasana- Tadasana) 

•   10 min - Poses that safely and effectively open hips and shoulders easier to perform, teach the actions
Lunge with side stretch- tree with side stretches 
L T arms twist- W2- reverse warrior 
L T arms twist- rev- hrl twist- low lunge quad stretch with twist

•  10 - min Climax - poses that require the most strength, stamina and flexibility.
Parsvakonasana - ardha chandrasana  chapasana 
Wild thing- falling Trikonasana 
Pincha manyurasana
Pec stretch at wall

•  5 - 10 min Apex Pose 
Camel block on chest to encourage side bodies long 2x 
Urdhva prep on bolster 2x 
Urdhva danurasana or bridge 

•  10 min -  Counter & Cooling and quieting poses 
Root femurs 
AMS head on bolster 
Baddha konasana twist- bow- supta on bolster 

•  7+ min Savasana

•  2- 5 min -  Meditation
Sit in a comfortable cross-legged position. Slowly become aware of the space between your eyebrows. Within this space, visualize a full moon in a clear night sky, shining brightly on the waves of the ocean. The full reflection of the moon penetrates the deep waters, and the cool shade of moonlight catches the tops of the waves as they dance.
See the image clearly and develop an awareness of the feelings and sensations that are created in your mind and body. Slowly let the visualization fade and again become aware of the whole body.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Autumn Equinox: Balance

Theme: moving toward balance 
Antidote: fall equinox the mark of equal hours of night and day 
Heart quality: balance 
Universal principle of alignment emphasis: muscle and organic energy. balanced action root to rise 

Yippie it's Autumn Equinox! This time of year always reminds me of balance. In yoga we call balance Satva. Satva is one of three gunas  (qualities) the other two called Rajas and Tamas. Rajas is like the summer—hot, full of energy, and dynamic. Tamas is like the Winter—slow, low energy, and inert. Satva is the perfect balance between the two. Balanced just like we experience on the equinox when there is an equal number of night and day time hours. 

With the shift of the seasons, we can also work with the equinox as a reminder to cultivate balance on every level of self: mental, emotional and physical, remembering that what's balanced for one person is not for another. 

When we talk about balance I love to look at the doshas in Ayurveda which tells us we are composed of three different qualities: vata (windy, creative) tamas (earthy, steady) and rajas (firey, passionate).   We will each have a unique combination of these three that make up our individuality. When we move toward balance we are working with our individual composition of these qualities.  For example, I am a fiery person, my balanced state will never look like my husband who is a very an earthy person but we will both be able to do certain things to make ourselves balanced in relationship to the way we are composed. (I hope that make sense. That was a big ah ha I had that helped me stopped chasing other people's balanced state.)

This is very similar to a yoga posture we will all be performing the same actions just like we are all composed of the same qualities but the amount we do each action is going to be largely based on our personal individuality. I am gonna scoop my tailbone a whole lot more then someone else who doesn't have my body .  

Happy equinox 

• 5-7 min -  Centering seated. 

•   5 - 10 min - Dynamic Warm ups - movement with breath, no holds, not technical, large muscles
Sun a salutations 3x 
Sun b salutations 2x 
Moon salutation 2x (Tadasana- uttanasana- Anjaneyasana- AMS- knees/chest/chin- Anjaneyasana- utt- Tadasana)

•   10 min - Poses that safely and effectively open hips and shoulders easier to perform, teach the actions
High runners lung- standing hip stretch- tree
AMS press into foundation and lift up 1-2 limbs 
Plank and handstand work At ledge in studio feet on ledge. Pressing feet down to lift femur bones up. 
Partner plank stacked on top of each other 
Modified Parsvak- warrior 2- reverse warrior

•  10 - min Climax - poses that require the most strength, stamina and flexibility.
Reverse warrior- parsvakonasana 
Ardha chandrasana 
High runners lunge- standing balance modification of Tadasana- w3 3x- w1

•  5 - 10 min Apex Pose
Handstand partner hand on foot for OE 
Pincha manurasana 

•  10 min -  Counter & Cooling and quieting poses 
Uttanasana (maybe sitting on block)- reverse plank 
Baddha konasana now forward (place bolster on floor behind back maybe use bolster to elevate hips) 
Supta Baddha konasana on bolster 
Twist on bolster 
AMS head on bolster 

•  10 + min Savasana

•  2- 5 min -  Meditation 

Monday, September 21, 2015


Props: bolster, block, strap 
Theme: forgiveness 
Actively engaging the forgiveness process begins a journey toward deeper understanding and the rememberence that everything happens for a reason. When we can gain wisdom from past drama and traumas we gain knowledge. And looking back we can cultivate gratitude for the things that happened to us for helping us to grow, become more aware and bringing us to where we are now. 
Antidote: I watched a Maya and the Bee last night with my son which reminded me of this bee fun fact: when a bee gathers pollen to make nectar. The bee actually take a little poison along with the pollen, and when it's brought to the hive the poison becomes carefully transformed into nectar. This is like learning to turn a negative situation into wisdom and compassion. 
Quote: forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. - Mahatma Gandhi
I forgive, heal and release everything that consciously or unconsciously could delay or block the complete evolution of my being. - Mario Liani
Heart quality: forgiveness and compassion 

Choosing to forgive is an act of discipline with compassion for both yourself and anyone else involved. It's choosing to live more open and with ease instead of being weighed down with anger and regret. 

We can relate this to the Anusara alignment principle shins in thighs out (S.I.T.O), which we will be focusing on in tomorrow's class with an emphasis on the upper body so technically forearms in upper arm bones out. Just like it's an act of compassion to forgive, bringing lightness to our heart. Practicing S.I.T.O in the upper body is an act of compassion we take for ourself. The expansion we experience in the upper body releases held tension so, just like with forgiveness, we can experience more ease. 

How many years have you walked around holding a grudge because you didn't want to forgive a situation, and in doing so you were the one who held that poison and it made you sick. You might have been sick in this way for so long you don't even realize your sick. Just like with chronic tension in the body created by habitual posture. I know I walked around for years holding my body in a way that accumulated more tension in myself especially around my neck. I was so used to feeling so uncomfortable I didn't even realize the freedom I was missing until I discovered the blessing of alignment based yoga. Anusara to be exact. :) 

As you move through this class with compassion let yourself open up, release and forgive. Do you can move forward with more knowledge, ease and gratitude. What situation in your life can you bring some forgiveness to? For me a big person in my life who needed my forgiveness was myself. 

Warm up:
Sun a 3x 
Tadasana block sito arms 
Tadasana step back to lunge with block sito arms 
Table- AMS 

Partner down dog sito 
L clasp- L twist 
Dolphin block and strap 
Mod. Parsvak partner 
W2 clasp hands behind back- bow- Parsvak 

Anjaneyasana clasp opst elbows above head - Anjaneyasana quad 
Handstand at wall
Pincha at wall 
Dancer at wall sito arms 
Bridge strap around forearms 

Urdhva prep with bolster under back- head 2x

Cool down: 
Root femurs 
Cow face with arm and Kidney loop 
Fish twist with kidney loop 
Baddha konasana 

Shavasana optional supported supta Baddha konasana with bolster and 2 blocks 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Tension is a Theft

Anusara yoga class! I offer Anusara Yoga Tuesday Thursday and Saturday @ 9am in SLC, UT at Metric Yoga
Theme: What are you offering?consciously respond vs. instinctually react. 
Antidote: "tension is a theft" - Vanda Scaravelli 
How often do we instinctually respond from a place of stress, fear or doubt. This sends tension throughout our body and into our life. On the mat make it a practice of being aware of the kind of energy you are sending out. When we are conscious of what we send out we can choose to send out ease, love and patience.
This is a daily and often a moment to moment effort. Noticing how you are responding to life, what energy are you offering and how is it effecting you and those around you. 
*Can you make your offering on the mat a practice for the way you offer yourself in your life, off your mat? 
*So often we blast our words, gestures,actions from a place of doubt, worry, fear. Instead can we consistently and softly assess and respond to what is really happening? This practice helps us turn away from tension of perceived problems and stay steady in reality with ease. 
*consider a current situation in which is causing you stress and draining your energy. In this pose practice evenly sending out energy of ease and peace with that situation in your mind. 
Heart quality: peaceful 
Upa: muscle and organic energy emphasis on focal point 

Warm up
AMS- plank 3x expansion 
Pigeon Active. Organic energy strongly blast energy clearing out the body 

AMS- 1/2 moon- w2- rev warrior 
3 leg AMS - high runners lunge- standing splits- handstand hop- lunge
Utt tippy toes handstand prep- handstand 
Pigeon- quad stretch 
AMS- half moon- w2- rev warrior- parsvakonasana  
L twist- L 
Dolphin 1 min 
Utt- clasp hands- tad clasp bands  

Danurasana prep knees bend hands clasp together 
Siraasana 1 min 
Childs pose 1 min 
Pigeon twist quad stretch 
Supta threaded needle 
Bridge extend leg
Urdhva dhanurasana 
Urdhva danurasana extend leg 

Cool down 
Supine T arm twist 
Supta root femur bone 

Notice the stillness, the evenness in your body. 

In all we do may we consistently refine how we offer ourselves. 

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