Morning Mysore practice: For those familiar with the series, assistance is focused on the individual practitioner who moves at her/his own pace. Over the years I recognize that I can give insight to practitioners from the intuitive in this format that I feel supports making the practice our own.
Led for beginners: For those new to the practice, I will teach the breath and bandhas and lead the Suryanamskars and standing poses for 3 days to initiate beginners.
Topics for the afternoon include:
1~ Breath and Bandhas as key to this vinyasa practice. We will work with how to develop and direct the breath in practice; and how to engage bandhas, experiencing them in various poses. Depending on time available in this class, I will teach savasana as the essential balance to an active practice.
2~ Broad strokes in alignment principals that I recognize as supporting healthy movement over time. These include insights into the neck, shoulders, low back, hips, knees, legs and hyperextension.
3~ Finishing poses and inversions, the queen and king of poses, which are often treated as poor cousins to the asanas. Includes padmasana poses. 3~ Vinyasa instruction~As we repeat these poses many times in each practice; over years the skillful and undesirable habits we cultivate will make all the difference in our ability to thrive the Ashtanga system. If time allows, I will include some standing poses.
4~ Continuation of standing poses and forward bends with hip opening and psoas support.
5~ Backbending poses in Intermediate series ending with principals and practice for safe standing backbends. Sprinkled in throughout clinics will be philosophy, sutras and personal experiences.
6~ Musings from the mat. Heart opening practice. Will include how to work with injuries, my thoughts on practice over many years, and………..
7~ Pranayama practice. Pranayama for everyone, at whatever stage of practice. The Ashtanga pranayama is for students who have had a dedicated practice for several years and are proficient in the Primary and Intermediate series.