Thursday, September 1, 2016

DIY Platform

Ever been to one of those studios that have a platform?  Ever use it to do Chatush Padasana with your head hanging down?  Doesn't that feel divine?
Clear Spring Studio just got a new platform, but I don't have one at home.  Nor do I have a rectangular coffee table, so I came up with the following.  Enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

More belts=more fun: Padangustha Dhanurasana

Hello blog world.

When I started this blog, I set guidelines for myself.  One of these guidelines was that I would only show poses that I teach.  Well, that strap work I showed in the previous blog works really well on two poses not on my syllabus, and I wanted to share those with y'all.  Also, I want to show a fun way of getting closer to Padangustha Dhanurasana.

First, the same way of using the belt from the last post.

Ardha Matsyendrasana 2
I'm a lot closer to my shin than usual. 

 Parivrtta Janu Sirasana
This work gives a lot of length to the lower side of the torso,  more twist with the upper arm holding the belt, and a nice belt to rest your head upon.
Padangustha Dhanurasana

Loop two belts about the same length, place them around each shoulder, then cross them behind your back.  This should feel like the "yoga jacket" when you pull down.

Then, lie down and place one of the straps around each foot
Rotate the shoulder and bring the arms overhead, work your way down the straps, closer to your feet.

Finally, find a friend who can grab her feet for inspiration.  Thanks Melissa!
 Happy Practicing!

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The yoga belt or: How I learned to stop worrying and love twists.

A couple months ago, the local Iyengar yogis had a benefit class for George Purvis.  Near the end of a lovely backbend sequence, Emilie Rogers taught a chair twist with a belt.  It was amazing.  It added a whole new feeling to my twist.  So I started adding this belt to other twists.  For many of them, it was equally informative.

So, I'm breaking my own rule of not including chairs in this blog.  Here is the Emilie Rogers chair twist:

 Sit sideways in a chair, with your right side near the chair back.  Make a loop in a belt, place it over your right shoulder.  Take the belt around your back and hold in your left hand.

Bow to the chair.  Take the tail end of the belt and wrap it around the back of the chair a couple of times.

Then, as you sit up, the chair will pull your right shoulder back as well as encourage your left ribs to turn.  If you need more, lean forward and repeat the process, taking up slack on the belt.  And, of course, do both sides.  Do a better job keeping your hips level than I did.

So now for some other poses:

In Parsva Upavista Konasana, have the same loop around the right shoulder, take it around the left side of the body, then around the right foot.  Take it around the little toe side of the foot first and hold with the left hand.  Bend forward, take up slack, then sit back up.

In Parsva Dandasana, the same format applies, although taking it around both feet reminds the hips to stay level.  If you are turning to the right, the belt goes around the little toe side of the right foot first.

In Marichyasana 1, the belt goes around the same shoulder as straight leg.  It also helps the forward bending aspect of this pose.  Continue to tighten up the belt more and more to come forward.

Janu Sirsasana is my absolute favorite with the belt.  Again, the belt goes around the same shoulder as straight leg.  This really lines up the sternum with the thigh.  Wonderful. 

Thanks Emilie!

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Pictures from the Membership drive class

Here are some pictures from the IYNAUS membership drive class held at Clear Spring Studio today.  It was taught by: Leann Billups, Val Rios,  Devon Deterich, Anne Shultz, Gillian Barksdale, Peggy Kelley, myself, and Esta Herold.  Here is the sequence:

Invocation  10:30-10:32   Jointly lead
Virasana  Cycle  Leann 10:33 

AMS   Leann
Tadasana  Leann
Urdhva  Baddanguiliasana  Val   10:45
Gomukasana   Arms   Val
AMS    Val 

Adho mukha vrksasana   Devon  10:55

 pincha mayurasana      Devon. 
Sirsasana    Anne  11:00 

Parsva  Sirasana  Anne
Paryankasana with Brick  Anne 11:05 

Ustrasana Gillian 11:10-11:15 

Dhanurasana   Gillian  11:15-11:20
Parsva  Dhanurasana    Gillian 11:20-11;25
Utthita Ardha Bhekasana Peggy 11:25-11:30
Ardha Bhekasana  Peggy  11:30-11:35 

Full  Bhekasana   Peggy  11:35-11:40
Bhujangasana   Mary 11:40-11:45
 Chair  Dwi  Pada  Mary 11:45-11:50 

Urdhva  D from  Chair  Mary  11:50-11:55
Urdhva D from  Two  Bolsters  Anne 11:55-12:00 

Urdhva D from Floor   Devon 12:00-12:05 

Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana Peggy  12:05-12:10

Hanuman   Peggy 12:10-12:15 

Chair  Twists  Esta  12:15-12:20 

Ardha Halasana  Esta   12:20-12:25 

Savasana  Anne   12:25-12:30 

Now, I know what you are thinking, "Dang, I wish I was there."  Don't fret, you can still join IYNAUS and reap the great benefits.  And there was talk of having another class like this one sometime in the fall.  Stay tuned.

Saturday, January 2, 2016

New Syllabus

It's been so long since I've written a blog post, partially because each blog post takes so much time for me to write.  I've decided to change my blog a bit, so I will hopefully post more often this year.  I will keep things simpler by just posting things that strike me as interesting, rather than waiting until I have a collection.

Now that I've completed my Intro 2 assessment, I can start working on the Junior 1 poses.  I don't know these poses as well as I know my Intro poses, so I know fewer techniques for them.  This is another reason I decided to change the format of my blog.

Today's pose is Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana - standing split.  I learned this from Rebecca Lerner in Houston last year. 

I was somewhat miffed that I didn't think of this one on my own.  I've done Uttanasana with my back against the wall - why did I never think of doing UPEP with my back against the wall?  Anyway, I decided to add a strap to the top leg, both to turn the leg in as well as lift it up.  I'm pulling with the opposite arm to get the leg higher.

Happy Practicing!