Learning to Love Practice I

The sequence in this class is from Day 7 of the first section in my book, Your Year of Yoga. The standing, balancing poses are introduced and you will learn how to practice Salamba Sarvangasana I (supported shoulderstand) from a variation of Halasana (plough pose).

Check out my YouTube channel for “Savasana for Beginners” so the Yogic effects of the sequence can be infused into your body-mind!

A Led Practice of Knotted Poses to Untie the Karmic Knots that Bind Us

In this led practice that builds methodically towards the advanced "knotted" poses, Supta Kurmasana (reclining tortoise pose) and Padmasana (lotus pose) you will learn how to perform physical actions with mental skill and sensitivity, thereby culturing the consciousness to seek the Soul.

The philosophy behind the practice is briefly introduced at the beginning of this sequence of hip-openers that builds from prone to supine to seated to standing then inverted poses and:

* mobilizes the ankles, knees and hips
* opens and strengthens the hips and hamstrings
* removes both physical and mental fatigue and brings energy to flow back into the body.

Students ...
... who do not practice Sirsasana can practice Prasarita Padottanasana after Adho Mukha Svanasana.
... who do not practice Salamba Sarvangasana can practice Setu Bandha Sarvangasana after Sirsasana.
... who can practice half or full Padmasana, add in Garbha Pindasana (see video on my YouTube channel) after Supta Kurmasana and before Adho Mukha Svanasana.

Yoga for Beginners (This Means YOU!)

Join me in practicing this basic sequence that...
*teaches those new to Yoga how to begin to practice.
*reminds those who already practice to maintain a beginners mind as they progress in their practice.
*supports all level practitioners in their endeavor to "savor the freshness and fragrance of Yoga (B.K.S. Iyengar)!"

Savasana, Supported Relaxation Pose

This brief tutorial shows how to support the back of the chest and the head. This way of using support encourages the tired body and busy mind to meet peacefully at the seat of the pure and perfect heart.

Yoga to Lift and Lighten You UP!