Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Sequence for Friday October 30

Hi Everyone, Here's a sequence we'll be working from this Friday and maybe the next couple Friday's as well. The numerals refer to which level syllabus the pose is on.

No. 1 Jr. I-II–III sequence, from Devon’s mind, forward bends and twists emphasis

Utthita trikonasana

Utthita parsvakonasana

Utthita hasta padangusthasana I (holding toe or belt)

Utthita parsva hasta padangusthasana with and without support (I)

Utthita hasta padangusthasana classic pose, head to shin (II)

Virabhadrasana III (I)

Urdhva prasarita ekapadasana (I)

Parasarita padottanasana II (I)

Gomukhasana classic (I)

Malasana I : head to floor, hands on heels (II)

(Malasana I, arms around legs and back (III))

Upavistha konasana (II)

Parsva upavistha konasana (III)

Ardha baddha padma paschimottanasana holding front foot (I)

Ardha baddha padma paschimottanasana, clasping from behind belt or fingers(II, III)

Parvatasana in Padmasana (II)

Marichyasana I, classic pose

Marichyasana II (III)

Ardha matsyendrasana I (arm straight, holding foot in matsyendra shape, other arm

on the back (I)

Marichyasana III classic (II)

Janu Sirsasana

Parivrtta janu sirsasana (III)

Jathara parivartanasana (legs bent) (I)

Jathara parivartanasana, legs straight, as far down as possible) (III)

Eka hasta bhujasana (I)

Bhujapidasana (III)

Adho mukha vrksasana (Palms turned outward, against wall) (I)

Adho mukha vrksasana (Palms turned forward, against wall) (II)

Adho mukha vrksasana (Palms turned back as Mayurasana, but 1.5 ft. away from wall) (III)

Pincha mayurasana (against wall)(I)

Pincha mayurasana (palms turned up) (III)

Salamba sirsasana I (I)

Parsva sirsasana (II)

Parivrttaikapada sirsasana (III)

Urdhva Dhanurasana (supported on chair, hands and feet on floor or blocks, if

needed. Candidates at this level should be able to push up into the full asana.)(I)

Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana (supported on chair; feet on floor, with bent elbows

holding the front legs of the chair; legs bent or straight) (II)

Urdhva Dhanurasana I (straight from ground) (III)

Salamba Sarvangasana I (I)

Salamba Sarvangasana II (I)

Eka Pada Sarvangasana (top leg perpendicular to floor and Hala leg straight; left and

right sides of spine parallel) (I)

Halasana (arm position as in LoY pl. 241) (I)

Urdhva padmasana in sarvangasana (insofar as possible) (III)

Setu bandha Sarvangasana (classic asana, dropping from Sarvangasana) (I)

Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (coming up to Sarvangasana) (III)

Bharadvajasana, mild twisting-resting type pose



Friday, October 23, 2009

Practice this Friday

Hi Everyone,

Our new practice format starts this week. Devon, Gillian, and Anne will each be teaching various poses from the Junior I, II, and III Iyengar Syllabi. The poses on these syllabi include arm balances, backward bends, padmasana work, advanced twists, and lots and lots of inversions and various.

Hope to see you there.

Clear Spring Fridays at 3:30 $10.00.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Practice schedule for October

Hi Everyone,

No practice this Friday the 9th. Devon, Gillian, and I are all out of town.

Gillian will lead practice Friday the 16th. She will do the Cathy Rogers Evans sequence posted a couple weeks back.

Starting Friday the 25th, we are going to change the format of practice a good bit. Devon is going up for her Junior III assessment next year and I am going up for Junior I assessment the following year and Gillian will be at some point in the future as well. So with that in mind, we are going to start practicing sequences that work with the Junior I, II, and III syllabi. Each week, we will each teach a couple or three or four poses that are on our respective syllabi. You'll still get a great practice, but there will be more instruction than has generally been the case. We'll probably do significantly fewer poses and repeat them as that helps us practice observation, a crucial part of the Iyengar teaching practice. Also, we will be giving each other feedback about each other's teaching, so you'll learn a lot about teaching as well. Other local Iyengar teachers may drop in and teach from time to time as well.

In the next couple months, Devon will have to make a tape to send in to her mentors and then go up for assessment about a year from now. Some of the practices will be recorded. Anyway, come help us out. The better we get at teaching, the better you get as students. The better you get as students, the better we'll get at teaching.

Cost of the practice is still $10.00, that's the best yoga deal in town.