Thursday, September 24, 2015

A Laurie Blakeney inspired backbend sequence

This summer in Ann Arbor  Jeff and I got up early one Thursday to take Laurie’s  Early Bird Backbend class, this practice is  based on that sequence with some with  other additions in bold (most of which I also have learned from Laurie)  

Some  three hands  at  wall for  Anne’s shoulder   standing at wall   and  AMVira  to AMS  hand variations  on two blocks.

Virasana LOY foot work
Toes turned under to  Virasana

Virasana to Sukasana work.

Virasana    to  Siddasana


Supta Virasana  on bolster   arms  over  head
Eka Pada  supta virasana on bolster  other  leg  bent in M1  foot  on  block,   arms over head interlock thumbs  pull
Rope bhujangasana  vertical bolster  two or three  times


Rope  dog head supported
Parsva Sirsasana  a la  LOY  about three times to each side.
Parsva Sarvangasana three times to each side
Rope  AMS   again
Setubandha off two bricks,   hang from tailbone (sort of like doing from a stump)
Ustrasana,   pelvis to wall,   hands to bolster
Ustrasana  pelvis to wall, hands to feet

Chair  Dwi Pada  Intro
Urdhva  D  Intro

Urdhva D   Junior 1 and 2 
Chair Dwi pada Junior 1 and 2.

Kapotasana  prep   bolster  at  wall, arch back to look at  wall a few times,  then do  with  arms  overhead and arch back to bolster or  floor  or  however far  possible.

Try Kapotasana on chair 

Full  dwi pada  Junior 3

Eka pada rajakapotasana leg  variations. 

Legs up wall. 
Or  supported Halasana / chair sarvangasana
Sukasana sitting at the wall.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Anne is leading practice Friday: The return of the kapotasana project

Devon and I switched a couple of dates to accommodate my  schedule, so  I'm leading this  Friday.

I think we'll work on a nifty Early Bird Back bend sequence from  Laurie this summer than  yields an  excellent  kapotasana. 

Here's  the  schedule of  advanced practice for now  through January. 

Sept  25  Anne
Oct  2   Devon
Oct  9  Devon
Oct  16  Anne
Oct 23  Devon
Oct 30  Anne
Nov  6  Anne
Nov  13   No practice
Nov 20  Anne
Nov 27  no practice  thanksgiving. 
Dec  4   Devon
Dec 11  Anne
Dec  18  Devon  special holiday donation  practice . 
Dec 25  No Practice
Jan 1   No  Practice

Practice  resumes   Jan  8 with Devon Leading Anne is at  a philosophy conference.
Jan 15   Anne leads  
Jan 22   Laurie  B  here  no practice  Come to Laurie  she's   amazing.
Jan 29  No practice Manous in Dallas


Friday, September 18, 2015

Demostrated Practice sequence ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND


 Hi regular  practice goers,  Everyone is  welcome and encouraged  to attend. The sequence is simply going to be  intro 2  poses,  there will still be plenty of fun, lots of jokes, and cameraderie, we are just aiming at  getting those  going up for assessment  a last shot  at feedback on their poses.  

This sequence originates with Peggy though I changed it  a bit here and there. 

We'll do it today in  practice.  Please come with any questions you have about the poses.  Devon and I will be offering various observations and corrections. 

Demonstrated Practice of Asana, Intro II syllabus, 

note " is an abbreviation for seconds, ' for



Utthita Trikonasana  45" each side

Utthita Parsvakonasana, 45" each side


Vira I

Virabhadrasana III, 20" each side

Ardha Chandrasana, 30" each side

Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana I, with support, 30", without support, 20"

Garudasana 20" each side

Resting Uttanasana, 1'

Parsvottanasana  Concave only , 40" each side

Parivrtta Trikonasana, 1' each side

Parivrtta Parsvakonasana, 30" each side

Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana, 30" each side

Parsvottansana  Classic

Uttanasana, classic 1'

Dandasana, classic  1-

Paripurna Navasana, 40"

Ardha Navasana  15"


Salamba Sirsasana    4'

Adho mukha virasana for rest, 1'

Supta Virasana, 2' without support

Adho Mukha Svanasana (with support), 1'

Chaturanga Dandasana 15"

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana  30"

Bhujangasana I  25"

Shalabhasana  20"

Makarasana  20"

Dhanurasana, 20" two times

Ustrasana, 20" two times

Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana   2' ( on chair, legs parallel to floor, holding back legs of chair)

Urdhva Dhanurasana I  2', supported on chair, hands and feet on floor or blocks, knees bent,

push up if possible, doing repetitions

Bharadvajasana on chair as a transitional pose, 30" per side

Gather all the props you will need for Salamba Sarvangasana and for Setu Bandha  dropping


Salambha Sarvangasana I     4'

Ekapada Sarvangasana, 30" each side

Parsvaikapada Sarvangasana, 30" each side

Halasana, toes on floor, 1'

Parsva Halasana, 20" each side

Setubandha Sarvangasana, dropping with both legs at once to support (wall, chair, blocks,


Supta Padangusthasana I and II, 40" per side, each pose

Baddha Konasana sitting straight  1'

Upavistha Konasana sitting straight 1'

Malasana, 30"

Janu Sirsasana, 1' each side

Marichyasana I (bend forward,hands entwined), 1' each side

Paschimottanasana  2'

Bharadvajasana I  40" per side

Bharadvajasana II 40" per side

Marichyasana III, 40" per side

Ardha Matsyendrasana I, 40" per side

Supta Baddha Konasana, 1'

Savasana, 5'


Monday, September 14, 2015

Schedule for Anne's Friday Class at Clear Spring

Friday  classes   $200  for the semester
$20    Drop in     

Time:  10-11:15

Sept 11     If you buy a pass,  the cost  per  class is  $15.38.
Sept 18     If you buy a pass,  the cost  per class  is  $16.66
Sept 25     If you buy a pass, the ost per  class    is   $18.18 
Oct  2       After this date  the  200 pass is the same as the  individual class rate.
Oct 9  Anne at  a Philosophy Conference in Atlanta  and then  at Teacher Training in Ann Arbor.
Oct 16
Oct  23 
Oct 30
Nov   6
Nov  13  There will be class this day but no  Advanced Practice. 
Nov 20
Nov  27  Thanksgiving weekend- no class
Dec  4
Dec 11
Dec 18  

Classes will resume  Jan  15. 

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Advanced Practice on Friday

 Hi All,  Anne is leading Friday.  She's got a busy rest of week, so she's posting the sequence now. 

This sequence is really not as scary as it looks. There are lots of ways to modify.   It is more or less what we did with Patricia on the second day of backbending at Blue Lake 2015.  I'm looking forward to going over what I remember of the details of the class and sharing what I've learned from practicing it a couple times since July.

I'm sorry that the sequence is brief. We've been asked not to share the notes with people who were not present and I want to honor that request. 

Utthita Bhekasana
Utthita Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana
Baddha Padmasana
Samasthiti, Urdhva Baddhanguliyasana
Urdhva Padmasana in Sirsasana
Adho Mukha Vrksasana
Pincha Mayurasana
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana
Ustrasana with the chair @ wall
Urdhva Dhanurasana
Standing DPVD
Urdhva Dhanurasana
Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana
Standing DPVD
Drop backs
Eka Pada Raja Kapotasana II
AMSvan-PP-Parsvottanasana-PP-Parsvottanasana-AMSvan-walk hands back to feet- Samasthiti
·      Feet in Baddha Konasana-up on bolster
·      thighs on bolster

Friday, September 4, 2015

Here's the Advanced Practice Schedule for the Fall

Sept  25  Anne
Oct  2   Devon
Oct  9  Devon
Oct  16  Anne
Oct 23  Devon
Oct 30  Anne
Nov  6  Anne
Nov  13   No practice
Nov 20  Anne
Nov 27  no practice
Dec  4   Devon
Dec 11  Anne
Dec  18  Devon  special holiday  class . 
Dec 25  No Practice
Jan 1   No  Practice

Practice  resumes   Jan  8 with Devon Leading anne is at  a philosophy conference.
Jan 15   Anne leads  

No Advanced Practice Today

Hi All,

It's Anne's anniversary and also Labor Day weekend.  So we  cancelled practice for this afternoon.

We'll be  back in the swing of things  next week  with   Anne  leading a  PW backbend sequence based on some of the work we did in Durango this summer. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

We need students for a Mock Assessment Sept 18-20

 Hi Everyone,  We have several people taking their Introductory/ Intro II level assessments this fall.  We are hosting a mock assessment  the weekend of   Sept  18-20. 
Help us prepare the next group of  Austin Area  Iyengar Yoga Teachers.  

Friday Afternoon Practice will be based on  the Intro  Syllabus and will  be something like a demonstrated practice with opportunity for  questions and feedback on  poses.   4:30-6:30   $20  as  usual.  All are welcome.
We are doing 4  teaching assessments. We need  6-8 students for each one.  You can volunteer for any or  all of them.  This is totally free to the participants.   Anyone with  six months to a year of iyengar experience is welcome.  

Please let  Devon  at Clear Spring Studio   know of your willingness to participate. 

When you contact her, please  give your name, email, phone number and the times you can serve as a student. 

These mock assessments will be held at Clear Spring Studio.  Please arrive  15 minutes before your start time.
Saturday Afternoon  Sept  19  
Sunday morning Sept 20
9:45 - 10:25