Sunday, May 31, 2015

Here's the Summer Advanced Practice Schedule

June   5   Devon
June 12  Anne
June 19   Anne

June 26-July 17  Summer Hiatus

July  24   Devon
July 31    Anne   (Anne will be  back from  Ann Arbor and Durango  with plenty to share!!)

August   7   Anne
August 14  Anne
August  21  Devon
August  28  Devon

Sept   4     No practice  Labor Day weekend 

Friday, May 29, 2015

Saturday Morning Asana at Clear Spring: The Shoulderstand Cycle

Devon is  teaching Special Topics tomorrow. 

Here is an opportunity to get prepared, and then meet and work with the Mother of Asanas, Salamba Sarvangasana, or Shoulderstand, and several other important members of her family.  We'll prepare with several helpful poses that can reveal and allow you to correct problems in the strength and mobility of the shoulder girdle, spine, legs, and hips.  Then we will go about systematically moving through the shoulderstand cycle, working with each variation in turn to help make the one that follows easier, to help lift more weight off the neck and head, to help the heart, brain, and thought become subdued and rested, and the breath softer and easier.  
Basically, I hope to offer you the equivalent of a two-week vacation package, all rolled into a two-hour class on Shoulderstand.  Three weeks if you add the pranayama class at 9:15 as well. Okay, staycation.
It's quite a deal when you look at it this way:
9:15-10:15am  Pranayama  $15
10:30am-12:30pm  Asana  $20
Both classes                      $30

Anne is teaching Inversions in San Angelo August 22nd

Hi  Everyone,  I'm teaching a one day inversion workshop in San Angelo at the end of the summer. If you happen to be in that area of  Texas, I'd love to see you there. 

Register: (member portal then workshops)
Introduction to Inversions Workshop!
August 22, 2015
Come learn how to get upside down the right way with certified Junior Intermediate Level 1 Iyengar Yoga instructor, Anne-Marie Schultz
In this all Levels workshop, we will explore the four basic inversions: Headstand, shoulderstand, handstand, and elbow balance. We will work through a sequence that emphasizes the basic actions and alignment principles that will help you establish a home inversion practice or improve your technique in regular classes.
The focus of this workshop will be to establish safe alignment for the neck and shoulders. We will use props like blocks, belts, blankets, and the yoga chair to help you develop the strength , balance,and confidence needed to do inversions safely!
Anne-Marie Schultz started getting upside down in 1994. she has studied with many senior teachers in the Iyengar system and has a gift for distilling their teaching down to a very basic level. she also has a PhD in philosophy and a great sense of humor so expect fun, Thoughtful reflections on the meaning of life, the universe, and everything in between.
$80 early Bird both classes $45 single before August 8th
GET UPSIDE DOWN the Right Way MORNING SESSION with Anne-Marie Schultz
Sat Date: 8/22/2015 From: 9:30 am - 11:30 am
GET UPSIDE DOWN the Right Way EVENING SESSION with Anne-Marie Schultz
Sat Date: 8/22/2015 From: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

There is advanced practice today, Devon is leading.

Here's the plan for today.  Devon will lead us through some  Arun-inspired work. 
4:30-6:30  $20.00

ardha uttanasana, arms out long
parsvottanasana, arms out long
ardha chandrasana
adho mukha svanasana
adho mukha vrksasana
pincha mayurasana 
salamba sarvangasana 
   and variations
padangustha dandasana,    padahasta dandasana
ubhaya padangusthasana
triang mukhaikapada paschimottanasana
urdhva mukha paschimottanasana OR
urdhva mukha paschimottanasana (the other one)
upavistha konasana
   parsva, parivrtta, forward
janu sirsasana 
supta padangusthasana upright, bent leg, and lateral
chair urdhva dhanurasana
chair dwi pada viparita dandasana
   ekapada viparita dandasana 
chair sarvangasana continuing straight from viparita danda OR
   sarvangasana feet walking up the wall 
sarvangasana and variations


Monday, May 18, 2015

Arun will be in Austin Thursday

 Hi All,   Here's the info about Arun's workshop.


Thursday 6pm-8pm
Friday 10am-12noon
Friday  6pm - 8pm
Saturday 9:30am - 12:00 noon
Saturday 3:00pm - 5:30pm
Sunday 9:30am - 12:00 noon
Sunday 3:00pm  - 5:30pm

 Here's a link to the flyer with the relevant registration details.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Devon is leading today at 4:30

Conventional beginning:
AMVrksasana, kicking up one leg, then the other, repeating 20 cycles. 
Pincha mayurasana
Salamba sirsasana
Now the Vinyasa Practice
1. Hips and simple extension
Urdhva Hastasana
Urdhva Hastasana
Adho mukha svanasana
Urdhva Hastasana
Tadasana w/ Paschima Baddhanguliyasana

2. Lateral poses
Vira II
Ardha Chandra
Up and over the top, through hastapadasana to side two
[uttanasana break or prasarita padottanasana]
3. forward bending, lateral and revolved standing poses
Utt. parsvakonasana
Utt. trikonasana
Ardha Chandra
Urdhva prasarita ekapadasana
Parivrtta trikonasana
Parivrtta parsva konasana
Parivrtta trikonasana
Urdhva hastasana
[uttanasana or prasarita padottanasana break]
4. Balancing
Tadasana-urdhva hasta-
Utthita ekapada pavanamukhtasana
Utthita hasta padangusthasana to front
Utthita parsva hasta padangusthasana (side)
Utt. hasta padangustha to front
Vira III
Urdhva prasarita ekapadasana
Ardha chandrasana
Urdhva prasarita ekapadasana
Urdhva hastasana

Urdhva hasta in dandasana
Parsva dandasana R, L
Padangustha dandasana
Urdhva hasta in dandasana
Utthita janu sirsasana, arms bracing on floor
Urdhva hastasana in janu sirsa
Arms on floor, Twist toward bent leg
Urdhva hasta facing forward
Arms on floor, twist toward straight leg or beyond as possible
Urdhva hastasana
Urdhva mukha janu sirsasana
Adho mukha janu sirsasana (paripoorna j.s.)
(repeat on other side)
6. Inverted
Sukhasana rolling to
Sukhasana rolling to
Sukhasana rolling to
Repeat until happy

[optional to stay in halasana, of course] 

No more vinyasa:
Salamba sarvangasana being still
variations as possible
Setu bandha 

Friday, May 8, 2015

It is Friday, why not backbend?

Anne is  leading advanced practice  today.  

Backbends     via  lots of  groin  work.

Backbends via  groin work. 
Eka pada supta vira   Kapotasana  prep… 

LOY  virasana  cycle

AMS  Utt  to Malasana


Malasana  add in. 

Some padmasana work. 


Paryankasana with block, on elbows to head, on head urdhva d arms for more lift and spread, full pose with support for elbows if don’t reach.

Two brick Paryankasana

AMS classic.

Gomukasana  different arm  approaches.   Arms only

And full pose

AMVrk   Palms out and forward



Ardha Sirsasana, working with head off the floor,  eka  pada

Sirsasana, Parsva

Dwi pada, on chair with blanket and block for shoulders horizontal and vertical, then with vertical block for tailbone, then t shaped two blocks for shoulders and tailbone.

Junior  I  dwi Pada

Junior  2  dwi pada 

UD on chair    legs and hands on floor bring weight into feet. Two or three times.
UD over back of chair with blankets or bolsters, arms in Paryankasana and then hands to chair or legs of chair. Second time move to kapotasana part of back.

Urdhva  D off  two bolsters.    

 Urdhva  D 

Dwi Pada

Sarvanghasana dropping to floor. 

Sarvagasana cycle 

Ardha  jathara  parivartansana   M3  M1   Paschimo


Friday, May 1, 2015

Advanced Practice Schedule for May and Sequence for Today

Here's the Advanced Practice Schedule for  May.

May 1  Devon
May 8  Anne
May 15  Devon
May 22  no  practice  Arun
May 29  Devon

 Backbends  today.
adho mukha virasana
adho mukha svanasana 
urdhva mukha svanasana
virasana classical
parvatasana in virasana
supta virasana via matsyasana
virasana upright briefly
adho mukha virasana

[chaturangasana or adho mukha svana,]
urdhva mukha svana
adho mukha svanasana
gomukhasana legs
gomukhasana complete

[chaturanga or AMS ]
urdhva mukha svana
adho mukha svanasana
utthita trikonasana
utthita parsvakonasana
parivrtta parsvakonasana
prasarita padottanasana II

[chaturanga or adho mukha svanasana]
urdhva mukha svanasana
adho mukha svanasana
parsvottanasana in paschima namaskara OR
parsvottanasana with gomukhasana arms

adho mukha vrksasana and variations
pincha mayurasana and variations
salamba sirsasana
salamba sirsasana II, and other variations as possible
pincha mayura again, and more intense with vrschikasana, shayanasana, etc.

dhanurasana, parsva dhanurasana
prone paschima namaksarasana
viparita dandasana arms under the chair and then over the top of chairs in the style of George Purvis
viparita dandasana/chakra bandhasana interactive backbend work

adho mukha vrksasana
adho mukha svanasana
uttanasana, parsva uttanasana

sarvangasana and variations
padmasana or some cross legged sitting pose for a few minutes