Friday, February 29, 2008

Asana sequences, Friday, 29 Feb 9am and 11am

9am Level 1
swastikasana, twist
adho mukha svanasana
ams, plank, partner
tadasana, gomukhasana
surya namaskar w/trikonasana, parsvakonasana, virabhadrasana I
virabhadrasana I, wall
urdhva mukha svanasana, chair
adho mukha virasana, parsva
sarvangasana, ardha halasana

11am Gentle level 1
adho mukha svanasana, rope
trikonasana, rope
parsvakonasana, rope
ardha chandrasana, rope
rope gomukhasana
rope 1, pubis to chair
rope urdhva hastasana
standing backbend, ropes
urdhva mukha svanasana, chair
chair viparita dandasana (alternate chair purvottanasana)
chair sarvangasana

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Asana sequence, Thursday, 9am, Level 3, 28 Feb

Oops, I spied an error on the Monday night sequence in which Supta Virasana came AFTER Pincha, and was followed by Paryankasana. We did a similar sequence on Th, adding:

Standing backbend, head/hands to wall
Kapotasana after Ustrasana, hands to wall
Urdhva Dhanurasana dropping back hands to wall
Ardha Matsyendrasana after Uttanasana

Asana sequence, Wednesday, 27 Feb, Level 1, 7pm

Adho Mukha Virasana/Adho Mukha Svanasana
Ardha Chandrasana
Adho Mukha Svanasana, plank
Vasisthasana I
Urdhva Prasarita Padasana, 90-60-30 degrees
Paripurna Navasana
Ardha Navasana
Jathara Parivartanasana, legs bent
Chatush Padasana
Salamba Sarvangasana, Halasana

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Asana sequences

As a learning tool for my yoga students, I will post the week's sequences on my blog. This is what we did on Monday, February 25, 2008.

Level 2-3, Week 4
Virasana, Patanjali yoga sutra II.45
Adho Mukha Virasana/Adho Mukha Svanasana
Adho Mukha Svanasana/hands up wall
AMS, elbows to floor
Sirsasana, belt around sacrum (rest of class)
Adho Mukha Vrksasana
Supta Virasana
Pincha Mayurasana
Ustrasana, holding ropes
Ustrasana, forehead to wall
Adho Mukha Virasana, Parsva
Uttanasana, Parsva
Sarvangasana, Ardha Halasana

Friday, February 22, 2008

Coming Home

It’s been rough to return to Wisconsin winter after 6 weeks in India, traveling with my family for 2 weeks and studying in Pune at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute for 4 weeks. Not only have I left the wonderful teachings of the Iyengar family behind, but also the glorious tropical fruit (papayas, pineapples, figs, the peach/apple-like chikku), the lack of responsibility, the collegiality , and the warm sunshine.

On the other hand, tap water I can drink is nice, hot water at the turn of any spigot, plumbing pipes wide enough for toilet paper, no garbage incineration on the streets, the absence of jostling and crowds, and the company of my sweet son and husband. I’ll be back in India soon enough.

The main thing I’ve brought back with me from India is good health. In fact, I feel healthier than I have in 15 years. Even though Pune is ranked 5th in the world in terms of air pollution, my sinus and breathing issues completely cleared up. My digestion improved and I was able to eat just about anything. My eczema completely disappeared. And these symptoms have stayed away. It’s a miracle!

What happened? I can think of several factors:

1. 5 hours of yoga each day: we had a daily 2-hour class, and a 3-hour practice period. I had nothing else I was responsible for to stop me from devoting myself to as much practice as possible. Most mornings I spent in meditation followed by pranayama. Then breakfast and morning practice, and class in the evening. Believe me, these were full, rigorous, well-rounded classes taught by the brilliant Geetaji and Prashantji.

2. I found a wonderful homeopath, Dr. (Mrs.) Nileema Dhoble, whose office was just up the street from me. I chose her blindly out of convenience, and it turned out she’s an excellent diagnostician and prescriber. 2 days after I began the constitutional treatment I fell quite ill with a bad cough. The cough cleared up in a few days and took away with it all my other symptoms. Before I left Pune, I saw her again, and she gave me enough remedies to last me until my friend Debra Johnson returns to India in July 2009, when she can refresh my supply, if I still need it.

3. No stress. No classes to teach, no family nor household to tend to, no meals to cook for anyone except for myself. No driving, no telephone, no television, no computer.

4. Saladmaster. OK, I spent a fortune on cookware back in December. My anxiety about this indulgence vanished however, when I received the pots and pans and started using them. I promise I won’t go on and on about them. Suffice to say for now, that for the first time in my life, I am aluminum and Teflon-free, because the pots are lined with 316L surgical steel, the most non-porous, non-reactive metal available. My health up-turn began around the time I started using Saladmaster. (And I brought the pots to India!) Coincidence? I’m starting to wonder.

I came home to a crashed, demolished, totally crumbled hard drive. On one hand, what could be worse for a writer than to lose 5 years of material?

On the other hand, what could be better? All those unfinished drafts, all that accumulated sludge.

Yours, starting fresh in Wisconsin,