Monday, January 31, 2011

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Home Practice

Home Ashtanga half Primary Series with all finishing poses conducted at fitness center.  Practice felt better than usual doing jump backs and jump thrus and almost binding in Marichyasanas A,B,C and D.  Head stand needs work, too, more often falling than before.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Weekend Workshop at Balance yoga and wellness

Friday afternoon I went to led Ashtanga yoga class half Primary Series at Balance Yoga and Wellness.  Then attended the full workshop by India Masters Jayashree and Narasimhan.    

Two hours Friday and 6 hours Saturday:

Workshop Themes
1. What is yoga?: First 12 Sutras of Sadhana Pada, plus sutra 1.28
2. Yama Sutras – focus of how to behave towards others
3. Niyama Sutras – focus on how to achieve an internal practice of yoga
4. Selected verses from Bhagavad Gita Chapter 6

Workshop Summary
These three sessions covered basic sanskrit pronunciation, followed by chanting of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita.  After the chanting there was a discussion of the meaning of the sutra and how this can apply to our everyday lives.   This is the method as taught in India, first we chant the verse, then discuss its meaning.  In Sanskrit language the vibratory effects of the sound have an effect on the consciousness, even when we are unaware of the meaning of the chant.  Discussions of the meaning of the sutras and their application to our daily life will follow.  This was an awesome opportunity to learn how to apply yoga to how you live your life.  Jayashree and Narasimhan are amazing souls, who have a unique way of transmitting knowledge to a deep level, beyond intellectual, so that it penetrates into your whole field of awareness and consciousness.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Yoga classes

Wednesday was day of rest.

Thursday morning class Sivananda style with headstand by class, teacher assisting.

The evening class started 5 minutes early with Ashtanga warm up.  It was Ashtanga short form not pushing the edge just breathing and bending our way through the Primary Series gently.





Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Moss Point Community Center

AM class Sivananda style class for 60 minutes.  Same for PM class.  Class noted that Sivasana corpse pose was very challenging.

Monday, January 24, 2011

Shanti Yoga and Counseling



Sunday rest day.

Monday AM class normally 75 minutes.  One person needed to leave after 

 60 minutes.  She did short Sivasana and left quietly.  Then the class went on for 85 minutes total doing all of Primary Series, except for 3 poses.  The class had no objections to having a 90 minute class and doing all of Primary Series.  I may add some of second series, if time permits or class is not exhausted.  Overall the class liked doing more asanas, but did not jump back as much choosing the easier options.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

weekly information

Same as last week, Saturday went to led Power Vinyasa class.  Studio was cold and never did warm up enough for me, as the teacher turned off the heat and even talked about opening a window.  Certainly not an Ashtanga Yoga Class.



Friday at Pro Health doing the weight workout from D.

Tues/Thurs led class Ashtanga yoga for Life.

Wednesday at SY and C turned into rest day with no students, appropriate for it was Ashtanga Moon Day full moon.  Monday's class had several students who prefer coming to AY for Life on Mondays rather than Wed.  Maybe we will cancel Wed class.
Last Sunday was Ashtanga Yoga practice at the Gym for self practice.






Friday, January 14, 2011

Pro Health and Fitness Day

Arrived late morning doing the warm up and 3 exercises with weights as D. instructed.  12 reps 3 sets noticing weight seems too light, so increased to 4 sets for the shoulder press.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Moss Point Riverfront Community Center

AM Ashtanga Yoga lead class on cold floor warm ceiling and a/c.

David tells us how to practice Dropbacks

PM class slower with more relaxation but full vinyasas during standing poses.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Chin up challenge

Day 3, Week 7 completed.

Moss Point Community Center Riverfront

AM class went well with a new male student who came with his wife.  The class was challenging, yet slower than usual giving more pointers and adjustments even encouraging the class to adjust.

The evening class more relaxed some adjustments, but not many, starting 10 minutes early and ending in less than 60 minutes.  The regulars come early hoping to finish early, works well when no new students.

One on One

DVD volume 3 came yesterday and I pushed play doing the P90x one on one MC2 stretch.
I had the led class in the morning earlier at Moss Point Community Center and was loose and warmed up.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Ashtanga yoga workshop

workshop with Keno Macgregor at Balance Yoga and Wellness Saturday and Sunday certainly is an experience I will never forget;  and as always learning new things helping the Ashtanga Yoga Practice.  The workshop included 9.5 hours of informative techniques, chanting, and opportunities to participate in a well taught/led Primary Series Saturday, including much appreciated adjustments.  This was the most enjoyable led class I have participated in.  Then the afternoon class on inversions and developing core strength, especially in plank position, forward folds and how to prepare for going into headstand or handstand.  That evening was chanting, and a demonstration by Keno Macgregor of the lst, 2nd and 3rd series.  So many techniques used that I have not been doing in my practice were evident.  I noticed that she really engaged the uddiyana bandha pulling the stomach in when she worked into challenging asanas, and the breath was loud and long, equally spaced with exhale and inhale with a pause at the end of each.

next day was mysore class with lots of new people showing up that normally attend Jessica Blanchard's Sunday morning Mysore Class.  I did the Primary Series, however many in the class of regulars of Balance Yoga and Wellness practiced 2nd Series and Keno moved about the class giving adjustments so well, assisting rather than making corrections.  I finished after 70 minutes, took 5 minutes of Savasana and left as the first one finishing for I wanted to have the Bed and Breakfast Brunch which closed at 10:00 AM.  AFter breakfasting, showering and taking a rest, I attended the final two hour class on preventing injury in Ashtanga Yoga practice.  I am nursing some tendinitis of the right sitbone and really appreciated the knowledge passed on to us from such a gifted yoga teacher who loved talking about Ashtanga Yoga.  Such a nice young lady.  I must admit after these 9.5 hours of listening and practicing I never have felt better.  I drove home and awoke the next day with no soreness.  Absolutely wonderful.  Now I wish I had recorded every word and demonstrations she showed all of us.

Monday morning i awoke and drove to Shanti Yoga and Counseling to do led class in Ashtange, fortunate to have two new students and 3 that have attended many times prior.  We worked on some of the basic principles learned from Keno Macgregor.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Chin Up Challenge and Pro Health Workout with weights

Day 2, week 7 completed of Chin Up Challenge doing 8,7,8,7 and 8 reps, sometimes touching feet to floor.


Then the workout using weights.  When I left I was the only person there.  What happened to all the new people?

MPCC on riverfront evening class

Ashtanga Yoga 2nd Series short form:

Surya Namaskara A 5x
corpse pose
Surya Namaskara B 3X
corpse pose
Padangusthasana
(big toe pose)
Pada Hastasana (hands under feet)
Trikonasana (triangle)
Parivritta Trikonasana (revolved triangle)
Utthita Parsvakonasana (side angle)
Prasarita Padottanasana A,B,C,D (wide leg forward fold)
Parsvottanasana (side intense stretch)
corpse pose
Pasasana
Krounchasana
Salabhasana A

Salabhasana  B

Bhekasana
Dhanurasana
Parsva Dhanurasana
corpse pose
Ustrasana
Laghu Vajrasana
child's pose
 Kapotasana A/B (skipped)

Supta Vajrasana

Bakasana A or B

Bharadvajasana

Ardha Matsyendrasana

Bridge pose

Finishing poses:Dolphin, Baddha Padmasana,  Yogimudrasana, Utplutihi

Savasana

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Moss Point Riverfront Community Center

Ashtanga Yoga 2nd Series short form:

Surya Namaskara A 5x
Surya Namaskara B 3X
Padangusthasana
(big toe pose)
Pada Hastasana (hands under feet)
Trikonasana (triangle)
Parivritta Trikonasana (revolved triangle)
Utthita Parsvakonasana (side angle)
Prasarita Padottanasana A,B,C,D (wide leg forward fold)
Parsvottanasana (side intense stretch)

Pasasana
Krounchasana
Salabhasana A

Salabhasana  B

Bhekasana (skipped)
Dhanurasana (skipped)
Parsva Dhanurasana (skipped)

Ustrasana
Laghu Vajrasana

 Kapotasana A/B (skipped)

Supta Vajrasana

Bakasana A or B

Bharadvajasana

Ardha Matsyendrasana

Eka Pada SIrsasana, A.B,C

Finishing poses:Dolphin, Baddha Padmasana,  Yogimudrasana, Utplutihi

Savasana

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Shanti Yoga and Counseling

Ashtanga Yoga 2nd Series short form:

Surya Namaskara A
Surya Namaskara B
Padangusthasana
(big toe pose)
Pada Hastasana (hands under feet)
Trikonasana (triangle)
Parivritta Trikonasana (revolved triangle)
Utthita Parsvakonasana (side angle)
Prasarita Padottanasana A,B,C,D (wide leg forward fold)
Parsvottanasana (side intense stretch)



Pasasana
Krounchasana
Salabhasana A

Salabhasana  B

Bhekasana
Dhanurasana

Parsva Dhanurasana

Ustrasana
Laghu Vajrasana

Skipped Kapotasana A/B

Supta Vajrasana


Bakasana A or B

Bharadvajasana

Ardha Matsyendrasana

Eka Pada SIrsasana, A.B,C

Finishing poses: headstand, handstand, Baddha Padmasana,  Yogimudrasana, Utplutihi

Savasana


Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Yogan Body Builder Practice continues

This AM Ashtanga yoga class first for the new year at Moss Point Riverfront Community Center met in the Senior Citizens Room rather than the activities larger room and the room seemed crowded.

we started with D williams warm ups, then SS-A, corpse pose, SS-Bs then corpse pose, the standing poses, corpse for 8 breaths, then into 2nd series with jump backs and thrus, reaching camel, then bridge, wheel,  forward fold, shoulder stand, dolphin and final 3 finishing poses and finally corpse pose.

Certainly a change for the   new year, but I have read from those going to Mysore that Saraswati mostly  has her classes do the intermediate series.  All class students are women, so this makes sense.

Even though more corpse poses the class sweated more than usual.  So it  was good.

As you know I practice yoga and work on P90x, chin up challenges, push up challenges, and work out in a Pro Health fitness center with dumb bells and weight machines.  After reading a popular Ashtanga blog and reading some authorities on Hatha yoga practice and history,  I now consider my Ashtanga practice and the other exercises I do as Yogan Body Builder routines.



Monday, January 3, 2011

Pro Health and Fitness-Chin Up Challenge

This afternoon at Pro health and fitness was day 1 week 7 of the Chin Up Challenge using free standing chin up bars at Pro health consisting of 4 reps, 4 reps, 5 reps, 5 reps, 6, 6 and then 7 reps of chin ups with up to 2 minute or less rest between sets. 

Also I did the Strength work out recommended to me by the fitness center owner.  In the gym there were many more than were there during the holidays, new people signing up, too and returnees that had not worked out in over a month.  Lots of people talking with the regulars focused on their workouts.


Shanti Yoga and Counseling

AM Ashtanga Yoga for Life class was honored to have two new students signing up and participating in the class with 3 of the regulars including myself as leading the class.  The room was cool,with the portable heater running as well as the building central heating system....


Thanks to Shanti for the new brochures.


Personally I am looking forward to the Ashtanga Workshop at Balance Yoga and Wellness this Jan 8/9 in New Orleans with Keno Macgregor.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

A New Year!

At home we are looking forward to traditional New Year's Day meal with Baked Ham and all things needed for a Healthy New Year.


Today is traditional rest day, but I felt like stretching some and did the minimum Ashtanga sequence.
From Dr. Ronald Steiner Site