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This week was sizzlin’ hot in LA (even though its still spring) and in this crazy heat I was doing some spring cleaning creating more space in my closet and filing papers. As I was putting order to my stuff and cleaning out my clothes there were two pair of pants I decided to make capri’s to teach in (the heat drove me to do it). While in the process of cutting the pants, I rediscovered my love for altering my clothing and that it is ok to love clothes again (something I pulse in and out of).

Little did I know that Mala my puppy was going to get some new digs out of my creative moment (my being resourceful)… yes I did make two shirts for her and she looked quite cute in her pima cotton 80’s sweat shirts… don’t ya think?
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What I love about the yoga is it’s everywhere always taking us deeper into what we value and if we tune into the flow of our heart we can find the joy that resides inside and have an even brighter more beautiful expression. Being creative, resourceful and finding what I value allowed me to do yoga without even rolling out my mat totally cool- all in all enjoying the lila tandava (the dance of play). Find how you can do what you love and tap into something more within to see what you have already and begin to use your resources to empower yourself and enjoy your gifts on and off your mat.

250px-serratus_anterior.png This is the Serratus Anterior muscle that I mention to extend from when in Down Dog

Sanskrit: Sri: Beauty Mudhya: Middle Vikrukti: Crooked or Assymetrical Ganesh: Elephant God and Son of Siva

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Sequence: Level 2/3

All 4’s Hands and Knees

Down Dog – Bend Elbows to Side 3x and Bend Knees Taking Top of Thighs Back 3X

Uttanasana – Standing Fwd Bend – Look Fwd 5x

Urdvah Hastasana to Uttanasana Lifting One Leg to Eka Pada Uttanasana

Plank, Chattarunga Dandasana, to Bhujangasana – Cobra to Down Dog

Uttanasana to Urdvah Hastasana

Standing on One Leg Holding Your Shin

Uttanasana to Crescent Pose to Vinyasa

Down Dog to Eka Hasta to Eka Pada

Uttanasana – Hold Calves with Bent Legs Opens Hamstrings

Samasthiti to Uttanasana to Vira I vira1.jpg

Vinyasa to Second Side Down Dog Working Towards Handstand Prep tn-1.jpg

L-Pose img_1951.JPGimg_1952.JPGimg_1953.JPG

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Samasthiti to Vrksasana – Tree Pose to Samasthiti to Urdvah Hastasana

Trikonasana – Triangle Pose

Ardha Chandrasana – Half Moon

Parvritta Ardha Chandrasana – Twisted Half Moon revolvedac.jpg Open Back into Ardha Chandrasana to Trikonasana

Uttanasana

Virasana – Hero Pose virasana.jpgvirasana-wblanket.jpg

to Supta Virasana – Reclining Back

Down Dog

Lunge Hip Opener Knee Down or Up deep-lunge-on-forearmsthumbnail.jpg

Anejaneasana lunge-with-knee-bentthumbnail.jpg to Monkey Lunge Hands Come to the Floor

Ustrasana – Camel Pose img_1928.JPGimg_1929.JPG

Setubhanda Sarvangasana- Bridge Pose to Eka Pada Setubhandasana

Urdvah Dhanurasana 2X – Upward Facing Bow urdhva-dhanurasanathumbnail.jpg

Easy Supine Twist

Supta Padangustasana

Knees to Chest

Savasana – Corpse Pose

Namaste!


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When we choose to soften and listen in our life, we begin to open up to a deeper place within ourselves that is powerful on its own without pushing it in any direction by paying close attention we flow into be-ing. Giving ourselves permission to connect to our inner voice and surroundings takes passive action – it’s softer, more sensitive. This may be scary for some of us to allow the world to come to us but actually it takes us into parts of ourselves that may not be readily attuned. We all have this ability but it takes practice to see and be who we are. We have the freedom to ignore everything but if we take he time to soften, light a candle, say a prayer creating a sacred place we will uncover this grand energy that is closer to you than your breath.

Before you do you do your practice, I invite you to check in to see if you have the tendency to just push through and not listen to your body and perhaps you can deepen your awareness by creating a space to let the world come to you and receive.

CHECK OUT: Yoga Peeps on March 15th Lara Crestone interviewed me, bless her!

LULULEMON in Santa Monica this wed at 7pm till 8pm I am teaching class

Thank you Elsie for your sweet pics…

Sanskrit: Shakti – Energy, creativity, Ujjayi (triumphantly uprising)

Sequence: Level 1/2

All 4’s

Downward Facing Dog

Uttanasana – Standing Fwd Bend

Samasthiti

Urdvah Hastasana

Uttanasana

Deep Lunge with Longer Stance with Chattarunga Arms 406502886_4c9ff4d3b4.jpg

Plank to Down dog to Plank to Downward Facing Dog to Plank to Chattarunga to Cobra

Downward FAcing dog to Uttananasana

Surya Namaskar – Sun Salutes

Uttanasana – Walk Hands to the Side for a Twist

Srya Namaskar with Upward Facing Dog

Downward Facing Dog

Virabahdrasana One – Warrior One

Vinyasa to Second Side Warrior One

Down Dog to Uttanasana to Wide Uttanasana with Shoulder Stretch

Urdvah Hastasana

Uttanasana

Crescent Pose with Arms Flowing Up and Back to Anjali Mudra 3X

Jump and Switch Second Side

Vinyasa

Downward Facing Dog to Vashistasana vashi.jpgvashi-stg1.jpg

Balasana – Childs Pose to Downward Facing Dog

Vira 2 – Warrior 2 to Uttitha Parsvakonasana back to Vira 2 back to Uttita Parsvakonasana back to Vira 2

Vinyasa

Down Dog with Twist Holding Shin or Thigh of Opposite leg

Virasana with Ujjai Breath virasana-wblanket.jpgvirasana.jpg

Runners Lunge runners-lunge.jpg

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana – Pigeon Prep

Downward Facing Dog

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Hanumanasana – front splits (I said 2x but we didnt do it you can if you’d like) hanamanasana.jpgimg_1966.JPG

Downward Facing Dog to Uttanasana

Sukasana Twist then Fold Forward then Switch Cross and then Do Both Sides Again with Fwd Fold

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Knees to Chest

Savasana

Namaste!

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Karma (Action) is a word some of us refer to everyday to explain a boomerang of events that happen from what we do. We may even see it when we are getting a cup of coffee/tea in the morning on the counter a “Good Karma” cup inviting up to leave a tip. I have read that most philosophical schools say that karma is action and from what we do there is a response to our choices, ramifications or reactions. But when I delved deeper, I learned about the Wheel of Karma talking about life which says that being in the body means you have more work to do that you didn’t do in the last life – I did not like this at all in some way it says that life is a punishment.

Today, I invite you to see how your life is a blessing and there is nothing to get out of but to go in and creatively step into your life, the world we want to live in by applying our intention with right action. I invite you to see that you did nothing wrong to be here but that the divine chose to be you and that you have the opportunity to enjoy being in this marvelous body.

Tantra offered me the perspective to see that we are not stuck in a yoga that is filled with dogma of what we have to do but that we choose what we do to create our life. Contemplate about life not being a set of rules to design your outcomes but that you can find your way to discover that many opportunities to change the way you are becoming even better using right action to live more fully on and off your mat.

Sanskrit: Dharma: personal duty or the architecture of what is (Buddha taught it as truth), Seva: selfless service, Biga: seed
Sequence Level 1:

Balasana – Child’s Pose

All 4’s to Cat/Cow Pose

Down Dog

Straight leg lunge to Crescent Pose Prep

Plank to Salabasana then Cobra – Bhujangasana/Upward Facing Dog

Uttanasana up to Tadasana

Uttanasna to Crescent Pose

Vinyasa

Virabhadrasana II – Warrior II then to

Ostrich pose w/hands clasped behind back img_1769.JPG

Vinyasa

Uttitha Parsvakonasana – Extended Side Angle

Down Dog to Uttanasana to Samasthiti

Adho Mukha Vrksasana – Handstand tn-4.jpgtn-1.jpgtn-2.jpg

Down Dog to Trikonasana

Parsvottonasana

Down Dog

Virabhadrasana 1 – Warrior I to

Parvritta Parsvakonasana – Twisted Side Angel Pose

Downward Facing Dog

Pigeon Prep with Thigh Stretch

Agnistambasana – Fire Log Pose img_2005.JPG sweet elsieimg_2004.JPG (sickled foot)

Purvottanasana – Table Top Pose 2X

Wild Thing Pose – tn-3.jpg

Setubhanda – Bridge Pose or Urdvah Dhanurasana – Upward Facing Bow(pics on the way with blanket)

Sukhasana Twist – Easy Seated Pose with Twist

Janu Sirsasana – Head to Knee

Agnistambasana – Fire Log

Balasana – Childs Pose

Savasana – Corpse

Namaste!

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The yoga of Patanjali offers us Yoga Sutras including the 8 limbs of yoga. Within these 8 limbs are the Yamas (social interaction with others) and Niyamas (interaction we have with ourselves). There are 5 Yamas and 5 Niyamas making them kinda like the 10 commandments of yoga. For this class I focused on 3 of the Niyamas – Tapas (effort), Svadhyaya (self-study) , and Ishvara Pranidhana (surrender to the divine). In life we mostly do, effort and forget to feel the connection to something bigger but when we take time to reflect or study we can see where we are with both. In yoga effort is important to get to the mat keep your arms strong in down dog but to leave space to soften even surrender to this greater energy. Through self-study on and off the mat using scriptures or any books that take you deeper one can see there tendency and make a choice to see balance of these actions.

Links: NYC – Vira Yoga , Elsie’s Yoga Kula, The Spiritual Tourist by Mick Brown

Sanskrit: Chin mudra or Om mudra

Sequence Level 2 :

Downward facing dog with split and twist

Straight leg lunge

Down Dog

Uttanasana

Urdvah Hastasana

Shoulder opener hands clasped behind back then fold fwd to Uttanasana

Plank to Vinyasa

Crescent Pose

Vinyasa

Utthita Parsvakonasana – Stage one elbow on knee , full pose hand to floor outside bent leg  or bounded variation-img_1954.JPG

Vinyasa going thru Chattarunga back through to Down Dog

Trikonasana

Prasarita Padottonasana – hands clasped

Uttanasana

Malasana – (garland) to Bakasana – crane also known as crow bakasana.jpg

then back to Malasana

Uttanasana

Samasthiti

Vinyasa

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Down Dog

Parsvottonasana to Parvritta Parsvottonasana (w/blocks or not)

Down Dog

Vashistasana – second stage leg lifted or with tree pose legs- vashistg2.jpg

Down Dog

Eka Pada Rajakapostasana – pigeon prep then to a Twisted variation img_1793.JPG

Down Dog

Anjanasana Thigh Stretch – img_1956.JPG

Setubhanda – bridge pose

Urdvah Dhanurasana 2X

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Baddha Konasana

Trianga Mukha Paschimottonasana

Sukasana

Meditation

Savasana

Namaste!

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Being responsible and taking care of our bills, our car, our bodies is part of yoga and action. If we ignore what we have to do then when we want to experience other delights in life there can be difficulty and even a disconnect without the foundation being cared for. Nitya karma is exactly that keeping all the ducks in a row, being accountable which the universe does all the time. Kaamya karma is where we play with what we want to do (desire) within the support of these boundaries. One is stability which offers freedom to express as the other opens us to explore the wonders of life with its duties and desires.
Traditionally the definition can be read through these links: Nitya Karmas and Kaamya Karmas.

How I am using these words is in relation to our everyday life outside of Hindu life which translates quite nicely. This was how I was taught by my teacher, Dr. Douglas Brooks.

Links: Elsie’s Yoga Kula , High Road Tee’s (in photos) , Yoga Chocolate

My puppy Mala – img_1757.JPG

Sanskrit: Karma – action , Prana – life force

Sequence Level 2:

Downward Facing Dog

Downward Facing Dog Splits

Uttanasana

Ardha Uttananasana

Sun Salutations also known as Vinyasa

Crescent Pose

Vinyasa

Utthita Parsvakonasana

Vinyasa

Ardha Chandrasana to Trikonasana

Prasarita Padottonasana with Clasped Hands Behind You into a Twist to Each Side

Uttanasana

Pada Hastasana – Hands Feet Pose

Hasta Padangustasana padagusprep.JPGpadagusprep.JPGpadagus.JPG

Uttasana

Samasthiti

L-Pose at the Wall –

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Balasana – Childs Pose

Baddha Parsavakonasana – Bound Extended Side Angle Poseimg_1954.JPGimg_1955.JPG

Downward Facing Dog

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana Prep – Pigeon Prep

Downward Facing Dog

Anjaneasana Thigh Stretch – Low Lunge with Thigh Stretch img_1956.JPG

Dhanurasana 2X – Bow Pose

Parsva Dhanurasana

Parvritta Balasana – Twisted Childs Pose img_1957.JPG

Extended Childs Pose

Navasana – Boat Pose –

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Ardha Navasana – 1/2 Boat Poseimg_1962.JPG

Setubhanda – Bridge Pose

Supta Padangustasana

Meditation

Savasana

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