Friday, May 31, 2013

Friday Sequence

Hello,  Sorry to be late with the sequence. I just got it from Devon yesterday and haven't had time to post it  until now.  Devon's leading this sequence of her own creation.  Looks like a blast.   4:00-6:30. 

Come while it is still 10 dollars.  The price of the practice will increase  in the near future.

AMVira - AMSvana - Uttana
supta tadasana - urdhva hastasana, with belts for arm and leg activation
Urdhva prasarita padasana
[supta urdhva hastasana]
Jathara Parivartanasana
dandasana - P Navasna
P Navasana - A Navasana
Akarna Dhanurasana I and II

AMVrksasana, two-feet jumpings
Free balancing practice
Pincha Mayurasana

Chair DPVD, belts to prompt legs to stretch fully
Chair UDhanura, belts arms and legs
UDhanura pushing up from chair, then floor
Possible variations:
Chin, then chest to wall
Knees to wall on blocks
Feet together UDhanura
Eka pada U. Dhanura
Vrschikasana practice
Dropover practice

parsva AMVira
bharadvajasana I and/or II 
Ardha Matsyendrasana  II


Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Please contribute to the film, Sadhaka

Hello Avid Blog  Readers,

I’ve been asked to spread the word about the  feature  documentary on  BKS Iyengar.  

The  film  is  title  Sadhaka: the yoga of BKS Iyengar 

Please check out the trailer by clicking this link — it’s 22 minutes long and gives
a good idea of the film.

I watched it  yesterday.  It is beautiful!!

They need  money to help with the post production  costs.   

The same link will take you to the  kickstarter page  where you can contribute.   

Let's help them meet their goal!



Tuesday, May 21, 2013

PW twists and armbalance sequence this friday.

See you Friday.  Great sequence ahead.

Focus on samana vayu, sutra III.41

AMS hands at wall long hold as she was helping others get into their other practices.

Walk back to Uttanasana don’t lean back.

Dandasana emphasis on legwork, extend through heels.

Parnipurna Navasana

Ardha Navasana 

AMS hands @wall notice the effect of the abd work.

Jump up and come down w/2legs there was no one leg up option, jump, keep trying keep arms straight, walking, lift from pubis jump, balance but extending inner legs, heels hard, draw abs in.

Uttanasana hold heels and extend sidewalls of chest down
Feet together 


Parivritta Trikonasana 

Uttanasana full pose pull torso into legs (This was the end of stage one of class).


It was not coming well for many so we did
Prep w/SPG (Padmasana version, she called it 4)

Then we tried Gomukasana wide feet again.

Full pose (Anne adding this in)

Uttanasana extend sides of torso

Sirsasana cross of fingers again, all the same points of previous day.
Parsva sirsasana become aware of where you are in space this is even harder to do in
Parivritta Eka pada sirsasana


Baddha Konasana

Garudasana legs
Prep w/utkatasana legs go up & down w/motion keep has on hips


Gomukasana legs again with feet on outside of hips, use strap to release top groin.
Explore rolling thighs out/in

Classic Gomukasana legs


Marichyasana 3
1. No props in center
2. Then w/foot at wall, support buttock of straight leg, come in (softly, peripherally) by leaning way back then twist from lower abs and work way up the torso. slowly sit up She had a lot of interesting points about keeping the skin of both legs soft and move the skin of the knee of the bent leg down to the hip, soften the legs before pulling bent leg
3. i think we repeated at the wall this way.
4. Then back to wall leading hand to wall slightly bend and slightly above shoulder level coordinate use of arms to turn and lift, torso try to lengthen front body more than back keep the trapezius skin moving down. There’s a rotation of the back arm externally. I think we did this twice also, you have to keep working to get the front arm down further and further, not just the armpit, but really the back of the armpit chest that we are aiming for.

Ardha Matsyendrasana 
back to wall and coordinate use of arms/elbows as in last stage of Marichyasana above here she really emphasized the rotation of the back arm. Truthfully, I get more out of keeping the back arm on a block and moving the block further back, work front arm further and further down but still keep front body longer than back body.

Marichyasana 3
Heel @wall, lift buttocks, turn from spine, Gomukasana arm back to make clasp, first we spent a ton of time working the back arm around, then turned the top arm, once you have the clasp, pull the arms down and chest up and turn more she even had Elise help her by pulling her arms down. I think we did twice

Ardha Matsyendrasana 
Working in a similar manner back arm around first. Twice.

At wall, weight onto heels, keep spine vertical as possible rather than leaning way forward, it is more like samkatsasna rather than Malasana. make clasp if possible


End of phase two.

Bakasana from floor
Prep w/malasana, hold heels, also take block behind heels and grasp it and push away from heels

Bakasana Reach forward from Malasana, lift heels and place hands and then transfer weight onto hands
Keep heels together as you come up (though this is not beginner instruction, first get up. Look forward as coming up.

Sankatasana someone asked what this means and she said I can never remember but something like awful pose.


Parsva Bakasana
Eka pada Bakasana
Tittibasana combined w/Bakasana there was some confusion over whether this is 1 or 2.

Then all of the above from sirsasana 2

Viparita Dandasana

Supta Baddha Konasana on bolster which felt reasonably transcendent.

Ardha  Halasana,  sarvangasana  etc.  Anne adding in.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Anne's Friday Summer Class Scheule

Anne’s Summer  Class  Schedule

May  17-   Class
May 24 -   Class
May 31 -   Class
June 7 -      Class
June 14 -  Class
June  21 -  Class
June  28  - No Class   Anne will be in Ann Arbor
July  5 -  No Class   Anne in Ann Arbor
July 12 –  No Class Anne in Ann Arbor
July 19 -   Class    Yippee
July  26 -  No Class  Anne in Durango
August 2 – No Class  Anne  in Pasadena
August 9 -  Probably no Class.  Anne may have to be in Waco for a meeting.
August 16 -  Class.
August 23 -  Probably no class.  If  Anne gets her first or  second choice of assessment venues, she will be assessing
August 30-  Class. 

Summer Practice Schedule

Hi  All,     Here's the summer advanced practice schedule. 

May  17-  no practice   Come to Devon and  Theresa's workshop instead. 
May 24 - practice  Anne  is leading
May 31 - practice  Devon is leading.
June 7  -practice  Anne is leading.
June 14-  no practice  Come to Arun  workshop instead. 
June  21-  practice  Devon is leading
June  28 - no practice. There is a Lomi Lomi workshop at the  studio and Anne will be in Ann Arbor
July  5 -no practice.  Anne in Ann Arbor and Devon is going on holiday
July 12- no practice Anne in Ann Arbor and Devon is in Midland.
July 19 - PRACTICE  YIPPEE!!    Anne is leading.
July  26  -no practice  Anne in Durango, Devon in Dallas.
August 2  -PRACTICE  YIPPEE!!  Devon is leading. 
August 9- PRACTICE YIPPEE!!  Anne is leading.
August 16 - PRACTICE YIPPEE!! Devon is leading. 
August 23.   -Probably no practice.  If  Anne gets her first or  second choice of assessment venues, she will be assessing and  Devon is gone. 
August 30- PRACTICE YIPEE!!    Anne is leading.  

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

New Extended Practice Hours!!!

Hi All,  We are on  this week  with new  Extended practice hours from  4:00-6:30.  If you need to come late or leave early no problem,  we  just wanted to have more time to practice together and not rush through these great sequences quite so quickly.

Devon will lead us this week,  this sequence is based on one Gabriella did at the Ranch.

Sunday Morning Class from Gabriella
 Adho mukha svana
Gomukhasana Full pose
Uttanasna pull up on the ankles
Akarna dhanurasana II then ways of doing I then II again. 
Sirsa II
Uttana padasana
Urdhva dandasana back and forth
U. dandasana knees bending heels in to buttocks first,
then thighs to abdomen
then tuck knees to armpits for bakasana
Bakasana I from sirsa II
          [I did bakasana from the floor many times here]
Eka Pada Bakasana ?from sirsa II
Bakasana II
Transition to backbends
Standing dropbacks at wall
Standing dropbacks lower to a chair seat or chair back
Urdhva dhanurasana pushing up from floor
Dvi pada viparita dandasana on floor
adho mukha virasana
swastikasana forward bend, to Center, R and to L and
change sides
[bharadvajasana I and or II, and Marichyasana III here]
savasana, knees bent then straigh

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Backbends this friday at 4:30 at Clear Spring

This one  is based on  Day three at  Gather  2013.


Parvatasana in Virasana


Virasana belt thighs

Paryankasana unsupported



Supta Virasana


Parsva sirsasana

AMV to recover.


Pincha mayurasana

Ustrasana w/prep

Urdhva Dhanurasana


Did three

Urdhva Dhanurasana @wall


Urdhva Dhanurasana again, coming to the crown of the head, then we worked toward UD2.

Eka pada raja Kapotasana 2

Prone savasana


Parsva AMV


Prasarita hasta uttanasana

Savasana bolster or blanket under legs if needed.