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In the past couple of months I’ve had the opportunity to travel to Vancouver to visit and was blessed with seeing the most amazing blossoms (in the midst of rainfall) – cherry and magnolia (see in pic). Please take in the fullness (Purna) and perfection these blossoms radiate knowing that this too can come from within you especially after churning and opening your body with twists.
When spring comes around its a wonderful time to cleanse and create space for new opportunities as we transition into our fullest expression. With our busy lives we forget to look up to take in beauty around us or even look into ourselves to recognize it dwells there as well. When we are pulled in to many directions we tend to loose our footing if we are not grounded – this is like doing twists. From a steady base there is the opportunity to ground down, hug in then churn and move things around a bit to enjoy the unexpected on and off the mat.
What I love about twists is that they are subtle and powerful, neutralizing and cleansing as they do their work. In twists we are breathing more into one lung and when we come out our organs are flushed with new blood – the power of healing with yoga.
See if you can do this practice 2 -3 times this week and discover the opening your body will have along with the tapping into your core or power. Also, you can be creative and do this with another 30 min practice skip savasana and do backbend sequence or arm balances if you desire a one hour practice.
Sanskrit: Purna: Fullness, To fill, Perfection Sukha: ease Duhka: Suffering
Sequence: All Levels
Adho Mukha Svasana – Down Dog to Uttanasana – Standing Fwd Bend
Plank to Belly then to Cobra Hands off Floor then Regular Cobra with Hands on Floor
Down Dog to Straight Leg Lunge place Knee on Floor and Twist to Down Dog
Vinyasa to Nagani Madasana – Intoxicated Cobra (keep elbows bent arms strong so your chest can be free to move)
Down Dog to Uttansana to Urdvah Hastasana
Parsvakonasana to Down Dog
Kness to Chest
Meditation or Savasana
One word for Sarah is Aware! Meeting her on a cold rainy day in Vancouver at my hotel she was handling a broken heater at her house over the phone I was amazed to see her doing the yoga as a vision of calm dealing with the details before we sat down for our conversation. She greeted me with a smile which brought the light to my heart in the midst of the darkness of the day. Her voice breathes honesty in this interview as she shares how she saw around her many teachers/studios and found that those who needed yoga were some of her friends, who sit all day behind computers (she found her gift as a teacher by being resourceful). This opened her up to create Yoga for Geeks offering yoga at lunch times and at conferences for geeks – she says that you can even wear jeans to class (very cool but not sure if they have stretch in them).
CITY YOGA CHECK IT OUT!!!! Come and play at my Workshop this Sunday:
Demystifying Arm Balances 12:30-3:30 Sun April 29th
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A MOMENT OF GRATITUDE :
Being reminded to take time to connect to ourselves and tap into who we really are at our core is not as easy these days with so much stimulation in our lives…. When my dear friend Elsie (who I always talk about cause she rocks) sent me an email on Good Friday which inspired this class. Funny enough I didn’t even know that is was a holiday she took me to the mat to sit and go within to remember.
Along with that I am grateful for being able to teach yoga this weekend at the Spring Retreat for Agape and sit & meditate in the illuminating presence of Dr. Rev. Micheal Beckwith (featured in the Secret DVD) & Dr. Ricki Byers Beckwith which reminded me why I teach yoga and live a life of service. Before you do this practice see if you can find within yourself what you are passionate about, what is sacred to you and pour the meaning into each breath, action and intention.
Please check out my new vidcast that was produced in NYC in Jan ( if interested in the books I mention then check out my Amazon Store)
the Agape retreater’s along with me and the rev apres yoga at the Agape spring meditation retreat in rancho palos verdes, ca
“Real Success is coming to knowing yourself and to share your gift with the world” –
Rev. Micheal Beckwith
Sequence: Level 1
Extended Balasana – Extended Child’s Pose
All 4’s for Cat Cow Pose
Downward Facing Dog – Bending knees and Working the Top of Thighs Back 3X
Plank Pose to Cobra Pose to a Wide Uttanasna taking the Heart Fwd 3X
Uttansana to Vira III Leg Prep to Straight Leg Lunge
Plank to Chattarunga to Cobra
Utthita Parsvakonasana – Stage one or Full Pose
Setubhanda – Bridge Pose
Supine Twist Easy Twist to Each Side
Knees to Chest
One word for Brian is Transformation! He has been on a journey from being on the top of a car in NYC having a pure Kali moment to a return trip to LA where a friend took him to his first yoga class. He plays the edges being present in all that he does taking his words deeper into meaning and experience. His work and path have merged to bring him to a place to help others from his own personal experience – service.
I was inspired by this conversation and could of kept the interview going much longer as Brian share moe of his healing journey taking it back to the mat being able to be with himself, not in competition (with anyone including himself) and seeing that every moment is an opportunity to grow.
Please check out his work and see the many services that Brian offers through
(the mugs are my fav)…..
thanks to mary-alice q. for her great gift of picture taking and for her cont’d support (check out her site she is an amazing ayurvedic practitioner.. xo
As we step into spring and move forward transitioning from the darker days to the lighter days see if you can find some personal time to honor your process, your body, your heart – basically your yoga. Notice what is coming to fruition and what still in a stage of evolution. My teachers have said to me in many ways that inside we all have potential that is like a bija (seed), which is filled with possibilities now take note of what the soil of your awareness is in which these seeds are being cultivated in.
After going through my own process of teaching for 5 years and becoming a certified Anusara teacher, I have learned that there is not just one way to do anything that there are many ways honoring our way of unfolding that works for each of us. When we give ourselves permission to be, to nurture, to see where we are in the process we are able to find ease on and off the mat.
Enjoy the beauty of spring and see in nature how each tree, bud and blade of grass expresses itself in its own way just as you do.
Sequence Level 2-3:
Balasana – Extended Child Pose, Slow Transition to Downward Facing Dog
Down Dog Split – Squared Hips then take Knee to Chest and Extend Back
Plank Pose to Belly to Salambasana
Down Dog to Uttanasana – moving 1/2 fwd 3X
Urdvah Hastasana to Uttanasana
Straight Leg Lunge to Twist then Straighten Leg for Parvritta Trikonasana Variation
Vira II to Reverse Warrior back through Vira II then Clasp Arms Behind
and Fold Fwd Ostrich Pose
Malasana – Garland Pose Take a Squat (pls place a blanket under heels if lifted)
Bakasana – Crane Pose (working core arms bent and straighten)
Urdvah Prasarita Eka Padasana Standing Splits to Handstand
Straight Leg Lunge with Shoulder under Knee
Parsvottonasa Variation with Back Heel Lifted
Eka Pada Koundinyasana II
Balasana done Extended Childs Pose
Supine Twist – Grape Vine Legs
Core Work – Legs Lifted with Hands Behind Head then Lower
Knees to Chest
Savasana or Meditation
special thanks to elsie for her awesome pics… and to Robin from Inner Freedom