Friday, September 4, 2015

No Effort is Ever Wasted

Theme: no effort is ever wasted 
Antidote: a quote from Theodore Roosevelt and the Bhagavad Gita

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatlyso that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat. 
Theodore Roosevelt

^^This is my theme inspiration for my Anusara yoga class tomorrow at Metric Yoga. 

Throw yourself into the arena of transformation and give yourself to it fully. Assume you are going to make mistakes, assume you are ging to get "off track", assume that it is going to be hard, challenging and difficult. And  assume it will be worthwhile! Assume you will be supported by Grace, assume that you will be in good company and assume that no effort is ever wasted and no gain is ever lost.

As Krishna tells Arjuna in the Bhagavad Gita (2.40) “On this path effort never goes to waste. And there is no failure. Even a little effort toward spiritual awareness will protect you from the greatest fear.”

Heart Quality: perseverance (and forgiveness for ourself when we do stumble on our path)

Universal Principle of alignment: shoulder loop (side bodies long, inner body bright, arm bones back, bottom tips of heart press heart forward) 


Warm up 
Sun A 3x
High runners lunge twist 

Mod. Parsvak
Warrior 2- reverse warrior- 1/2 moon 
Partner Tadasana shoulder loop exercise 
Parsvakonasana hand inside of foot 
Prasarita padottanasana clasp behind back with strap - trikonasana 
Partner trikonasana shoulder loop on bottom then top shoulder 
High runners lunge twist- anjaneyasana quad stretch twist- scandasana upper body like janusirsasana

Cobra on finger tips one side at a time shoulder work then both 
Pigeon thread needle twist
Pigeon quad stretch 
Upavista konasana  (long sides soft hearts)
Matsyendrasana fish twist
At wall pec stretch set up like chataranga arms at wall apply shoulder alignment to the shoulder you will be twisting away from then turn hips chest and feet in opposite direction while keeping shoulder anchored. 
"" while sitting on block prep for 

Parsva bakasana- dvi pada koundinyasana 
Sucasana hands on floor behind back. To lift heart 
Urdhva danurasana 

Cool down 
Twisting core 
Both legs straight root femurs 


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