Wednesday, October 26, 2011

IYCD Tuesday Sequence

Urdhva Hastasana
Urdhva Baddanguliasana
Trikonasana (back heel at wall)
Ardha Chandrasana(at wall)
Prasarita Padottanasana *full pose
Adho Mukah Svanasana with hands at wall and brick supporting head
Sirsasana (use chairs if you have them,  if not classic  pose)
Viparita  Dandasana (go in and out a few times to get the spine going,  then stay for a few minutes)
Sarvangasana with variations (use chair for feet)
Ardha Halasana (feet on chair)
Bharadvajasana in chair
Savasana with calves in the seat of the chair

**take your time and focus on breath.  Stay present in the pose:)

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Senior Sequence of the week

Downward Facing Dog with the chair
Upward Facing Dog with Chair

Warrior 1 prep with back heel lifted to maintain level pelvis

Warrior 1

Setubandha with brick under sacrum and knees belted to hip width apart

Baby back arch at the wall

**Take your time through this sequence,  breath, and be sure to keep low back and tailbone long.  
 **After this sequence do downward facing dog again with the chair,  legs up the wall,  then end with a long savasana.  Have bolster under knees if needed. 

Monday, October 17, 2011

Sutra of the week

I passed.  This experience has been great.  I am especially happy that I shared this time with my husband and my fellow teacher.  When someone says to me,  it is what you make it.  It is true.  It is always true.
With all this I am still happy to wake up,  do pranayama and read  the sutras. I was not sure if after all this I would want to.  Just want to say this,  it works.  If anyone ever had any doubts about this method of yoga and what it does for the mind, body, and soul connection, have no fear.  Really,  no fear.  Whats the point.  Live the truth and be happy.  That is what we can do day to day.  

Sutra II-43 Kayedriya Siddhir Asuddhi Ksayat Tapaasah
!. By austerity, impurities of body and senses are destroyed and occult powers gained.
2. Self-disciplin (TAPAS) burns away impurities and kindles the sparks of divinity.
3. Through destruction of impurities, practice of austerities brings about perfection of the body and the organs.
4.  By-purificatory-actions, the removal of impurity and attainments of the physical body and the senses.

**  These are all different translations from these authors respectively:
Sri Swami Satchidananda-1978
BKS Iyengar-1993
Swami Hariharananda Aranya-1963
Rama Prasada-1912


Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Sequence from IYCD Tuesday Level 1

Here it is!
Virasana with arm work
Adho Mukha Svanasana to Uttanasana 2 times
Utthita Trikonasana  (1st time top hand on hip turn trunk forward and take top shoulder back)
Virabhadrasana II (go back and forth a few times from bent knee to straight to get the alignment of the front knee,  2nd time do full pose)
Parsvakonasana (do at the wall with emphasis on back leg extension and brick in front of heel for front knee alignment,  2nd time do full pose)
Adho Mukha Svanasana with hands at the wall to work on spinal extension
Sirsasana in between two chairs (if you do not have chairs,  do prasarita padottanasana with head down)
Chatush Padasana
Sarvangasana and Ardha Halasana

Take your time and breath.  You can do it!

Monday, October 3, 2011

Light on Yoga

This morning I am reviewing my readings for assessment.  (which is in 2 weeks)  Starting with Light on Yoga written by BKS Iyengar in 1966.  Some say this is the 'bible',  I use this word loosely,  for all yoga practioners to read.   In the introduction  it begins with, "What is Yoga?"  I love this next part,"....the yoking of all the powers of the body, mind, the emotions, the will, which that Yoga presupposes;  it means a poise of the soul which enables one to look at life in all its aspects  evenly."

As you go through your day,  think on this when doing your practice,  while driving, while talking,  when you are being still.  Anytime you begin to let your emotions dominate what is reality of your life,   know you are in control and by the practice of this yoga,  you can be closer to your own inner light.

Sunday, October 2, 2011



Sam & Jack
Jack (actually John!) Hitchings is now 89.  Here he is in all his glory.  Originally from Whales,  he has traveled the world and so adventurous.  The other picture is Sam,  he and Jack are two peas in a pod.  Sam is from Scotland so he and Jack keep me on my toes to keep things new and fun.