Monday, January 23, 2012

Friday Practice sequence

HEre's a Patricia Sequence I'll lead us through on Friday.

Observe the quality of your mind as defined in chapter 3

Eka Pada Supta Virasana
• then bring leg into parvanmuktasana.
• Use height you need to keep pelvis level.
Adho Mukha Svanasana
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
Tadasana, UH, Uttanasana Parsvottanasana -AMS Eka Pada - AMS to Parivritta AC to AC to Eka pada AMS to UMuka Svanasana (eka pada sort of in the transition not in the pose) then AMS jump to Utt and to tadasana. Did twice
AMVrk of your choice
PM holding block with palms (THUMBS UP), then regular then palms turned up.
• Parsva
• Privrtta Eka Pada – feet apart to come up lift from the outer hips
• Virasana…feel like you are dropping back but keep lumbar long
o 1 move the top sternam forward
o Abdomen forward
o Knees back
o Toes down
o 2 move the mid-sternum
o Ab forward
o Knees back
o Toes down

Chair DWI Pada - three stages, Chair back bends are more for the organic body

1. arms pushing the top bar side to lengthen the trunk – arms straight
2. elbows down and pull to coiling the chest
3. Reach underneath chair and get back bar and coil and pull more, have legs extended.
4. Block or rolled sticky mat under tail bone. (Thighs belted and lower hips belted in all of these).
5. Block under the shoulder blades
Chair Dwi Pada
• block underneath upper back, put it where you need it, (flashbacks of prepare yourself).
• bringing hands to front chair legs (strap on chair legs)
• strap on toes or ankles and tail of strap going toward head, as you stretch the legs out the arms walk back the strap behind head, (all of these were pretty brutally long holds)

Eka Pada viparita Dandasana, on chair
• try to come up and down with the top leg in bent position
• arms in stage three (holding back of chair)
• create as much space as possibility between legs really stretch through toes on both legs. (we might have done this twice)
• Chair at the wall - pelvis against chair to create height and then coil with feet apart then together
• Turn around do drop backs bringing head to chair seat – you can use a blanket or block
Dwi Pada from Urdhva Dhanurasana hands on blocks bring head down, then back get height and verticality in chest
Dwi Pada blanket underneath head
Dwi Pada block behind head
Dwi Pada ankles belts feet at wall start with knees at wall and get height then walk elbows out
Kopotasana first with bolster behind legs then reach hands to wall, wall down wall, as much of full pose as possible.
Prone Svanasana
Upright Upavista Konasana
BK on height
Supta BK flat with support under thighs

Change in time for the teacher practice

Hi Everyone, We've decided that 4:15 on Wedneday, right before Devon's hard work class, would work better for most people as an ongoing teacher practice time.

So come wednesdays at 4;!5 and hone your skills.

Monday, January 16, 2012

New Teacher Practice starting tuesday

Teacher’s Practice Hour
Tuesdays 12 Noon to 1pm

Prashant Iyengar famously once said, “What you are teaching is not what they are learning.” Knowing this, our practice in this weekly class will be to work toward clarity and conciseness in body (sarira), speech (vaca) and mind (citta) in teaching Iyengar Yoga asana classes.
We will practice the many skills of being a good teacher, particularly of asana, but ultimately of all yoga. We will use drills we have learned from our teachers and modified or thought up ourselves through our own personal practice, using the exercises to focus awareness on the different “components” of good teaching:
• Demonstration
• Use of language
• Observation
• Correction
• Timing
• Sequencing
• Use of props
• Teaching/expressing the “essence” of the pose in terms of its stable ground and the direction(s) of its expansion
• Weaving an understanding of the philosophy of Yoga Sutra and the Bhagavad Gita into the teaching
• And more
There will also be time to practice combining these separate skills into one event and teaching an entire 6-minute pose or series of poses. This is, after all, the most important part for a teacher. And if we meet every week, there will be plenty of time for you to work on your skills a lot.
Depending on who shows up and at what level you are, we will have one or several groups working on different things in the course of the hour.
The cost of this is $10 per session, to cover the cost of the space. Devon Dederich will serve as general hostess and coordinator, and wrangler of questions.

Clear Spring Studio
Studio: 605 A Copeland St. Austin, TX 78745 Phone: 512-448-0086
Email: Yoga@ClearSpringStudio.Com Web:

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Backbends from the Manouso Intensive this Friday

Devon will lead us through a backbend series from the recent Manouso birthday intensive. I can't wait. I've been forward bending all week. I know there are backbends in forward bends, but still it will feel good to drop back.

Saturday January 7
The backbend class

Bit of a shoulder drill
Prasarita padottanasa
Two ways
Virabhadrasana I
Sirsasana I
Parsva sirsasana
Parivrtta ekapada sirsasana
Chair Urdhva Dhanurasana
Three ways
Urdhva Dhanurasana (Classical)
Urdhva dhanurasana Classical with partners
Eka Pada Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana on chair
Ustrasana four times
Kapotasana on chair
Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana II on chair Variation
Urdhva dhanurasana
Two variants
Dropover Practice.
Sarvangasana on chair

Monday, January 2, 2012

Friday the 6th

Hi All, I forgot about Peggy's and Sharon's workshop at Austin Yoga Institute. It starts at 6. Thanks to Mary for reminding me.

We will still have practice, but a short one. We'll work on the sirsasana and sarvangasana cycle. I'll try be there about 4:00, you can come early hang on the ropes or use other fun props. We'll get started officially at 4:30 and end at 5:30 so people who want to make it over there can do so.