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It’s been a while and busy with creating products to assist you at home and on the road. You may be thinking what is she been up to – YOGA DVD’s. I am excited to share and be working on the first one for a Sept 2008 release while I travel with Yoga Month 2008 around the states. Enjoy this free Yoga podcast class – the focus is on seeing if we give or receive more in our life. Use this yoga class to make your vessel stronger for both. Let’s make this world work for us all and see its important to be on both ends as this is how our breath works and nature works!

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Mixed Level Yoga Podcast Sequence:

Sukasana – Easy Posture

All 4’s Hands and Knees

Down Dog

Uttanasana – Standing Fwd Bend

Urdvah Hastasana – Arms Overhead

Uttanasna

Straight Leg Lunge

Uttanasana

Plank to Chattarunga Dandasana to

Cobra – Nagani Madasana – Intoxicated Cobra (Rocking Side to Side)

Crescent

Plank, Chattarunga, Cobra, Down Dog

Vira II – Warrior II to Utthita Parsvakasana – Extended Side Angle

Plank, Chattarunga, Cobra, Down Dog

Vashistasana – (A) Side Plank /(B) Variation (A)(B)

Balasana – Child

Parvritta Balasana – Twisted Child

Dolphin with Clasped Hands

Pigeon

Pigeon Thigh Stretch

Salambasana – Hands Interlaced Behind Back

Dhanurasana – Bow

Setubhanda – Bridge

Urdvah Dhanurasna – Upward Facing Bow urdvah or Bridge Again

Eka Pada Dhanurasana – One Legged (switch sides ) or in Bridge

Knee to Chest then Twist

Supta Upavistakonasana – Supine Wide Angle

Knees to Chest

Savasana – Corpse

Namaste!

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Free Online Yoga Sequence for Level 2/3 Students:

Sukasana

All 4’s – Hands and Knees

Down Dog

Straight Leg Lunge with Twist – lunge-twist-variation-side-2thumbnail.jpg

Plank to Chattarunga to Cobra

Crescent

One Legged Dog – Prep for Handstand

Uttanasana – Standing Fwd Bend

Urdvah Hastasana – Arms Overhead

Uttanasana

Standing Split – standing-splitsthumbnail.jpg

Samasthiti – Mountain Pose with Hands in Anjali Mudra

L-Pose img_1951.JPGimg_1952.JPGimg_1953.JPG

Uttanasana

One Legged Lifted in L-Pose

Uttanasana

Down Dog

Crescent to Warrior III images.jpg to Tree Pose hillandelana3.jpg

Plank to Chattarunga to Cobra or Updog

Handstand at Wall – Slide Feet Down and Take Hips to Wall then Scoop Tailbone

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Child’s Pose

Handstand with Tree Legs – photo5.jpg

Uttanasana

Eka Pada Bekasana – Thigh Stretch – ardha-bhekasanathumbnail.jpg

Parvritta Balasana – Twisted Child’s Pose – img_1951.JPG img_1957.JPG

Down Dog

Parsvottonasana – parvottanasana-variationthumbnail.jpg

Sukasana – Easy Seat or Savasana- Corpse

(you may want to do a twist before and hug your knees into your chest)

Namaste!

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It is my practice these days to be more playful off my mat… yes, being serious is easy for me and my tendency is to keep it all together and have been watching lately how the universe is always at play eve when I am in thi splace of containment. I offer this class to you for the exploration of the Lila Tandava – “the playful dance of life” is always happening even when you are not aware of it – even at times of challenge.

Yoga can be fun – Boga Yoga does not always have to serious and we can allow this if we choose to… let yourself have fun and play today.

Check out Linda’s Interview and share it with your friends who are new to yoga…

Sequence for this Level 2-3 Yoga Class Podcast:

[You will require a Block and Blanket for this yoga class]

Tadasana – Interlace Hands In Front and Move Torso Around Then Plug In

Urdvah Hastasana with Hands Clasped Over Head

Uttanasana with Hands Clasped Behind Back – uttanhandsclsp.jpg

Wide Dog the Bring Legs Together for One Legged Dog – aekapadadwndg.jpg

Step Fwd to a Straight Leg Lunge then Twist –lunge-twist-variation-side-2thumbnail.jpg

Down Dog to Lunge then to Parsvottonasana Prep – parvottanasana-variationthumbnail.jpg

Vinyasa

Crescent Pose to Vinyasa

Uttanasana to Tadasana then Hold Knee to Chest

Urdvah Hastasana to Uttanasana

Vinyasa into Warrior II Vinyasa

Warrior II to Reverse Warrior – 44-reverse-warrior.jpg into Utthita Parsvakonasana – Extended Side Angle

Plank to Chattarunga to Salambasana – (with feet off floor)

Down Dog to Balasana – Child’s Pose back into Down Dog

Hop into Ardha Chandrasana – Half Moon halfmoon.jpg

Down Dog into Vashistasana – Side Plank Pose vashi.jpgthe to Wild Thing Pose tn-3.jpg

Down Dog to Triangle Pose to Down Dog

Malasana – Garland Pose

Malasana into Bakasana – Crane Pose into Sirsasana II Back into Bakasana

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Child’s Pose

Tadasana to Uttanasna to Lunge Hip Opener –deep-lunge-on-forearmsthumbnail.jpg

Anjaneasana – Lunge Backbend lunge-with-knee-bentthumbnail.jpg

Hanumanasana – Front Splits runnerlungeblnk.jpghanuprop.jpghanamanasana.jpg

Uttanasana

Plank onto Belly to Ardha Bekasana – Thigh Stretchardha-bhekasanathumbnail.jpg

Danurasana – Bow Pose 1dhanurasanaprep.jpgdhanurasanathumbnail.jpg

Parsva Danurasa -Side Bow Pose

Bridge Pose

Supported Shoulder Stand –img_2320.jpgnnimg_2321.jpgnnmimg_2322.jpg

Supine Twist

Down Dog then Twist – ddtwist.jpg

Uttanasana

Baddha Konasana – Bound Angel

On Back Kness to Chest

Supta Baddha Konasana – Supine Bound Angel

Kness to Chest

Savasana

Namaste!

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Yes, with grace I have made it to my 35th birthday and podcast and bring you the offering of this special episode which is approximately a 35 minute meditation. To signify my 35th birthday we begin with three om’s and end with five. Many days of contemplation on what I was going to share and the usual 35 sun salutations came to mind but then after connecting to my commitment to a three week breakthrough meditation practice (this is in the back of Sally’s Book) it made sense to share this with you. If you are new to meditation take a whirl and know there is no right or wrong enjoy your experience even if you just sit there and nothing seems to happen, be patient it will offer amazing fruits without your even being aware of them at first.

There are many ways to meditate and I first began using the style of the Self Realization Fellowship but then met my current teacher, Sally Kempton while in teacher training in 2002. At first when I met her I was practicing SRF technique thinking this was the only way and did not even listen to her. At the time I was not open to something new and in some way was rigid but after some time I sat with her again and totally let go and went with her guidance and am happy I did. Today I follow her technique which are beautifully explained in her book The Heart of Meditation .

This episode is dedicated to Sally as she opened me to the possibility of play within my practice of meditation.


Shakti: 1) the divine Mother, the dynamic aspect of the absolute Reality, and the creative force of the universe. 2)All-pervasive, divine spiritual energy

Acroyoga and the amazing Huck Hirsch – he is a gifted teacher who travels around the world teaching and sharing this wonderful practice.

 
Huck Hirsch
Residence: Los Angeles
Birthplace: Brooklyn, NY
323.939.2393
huck@acroyoga.org
After years of enjoying yoga on my own mat, I was so delighted by the AcroYoga vision of yoga practiced in 2s and 3s and 4s…exploring connection and trust and beauty in community makes this playful practice fun and vast and important.God created others for many reasons. AcroYoga invites us to find all of them.Born in Brooklyn. High School of Performing Arts. Amherst College. Many years working in musical theater. Performer. Director. Choreographer. Then I made a film and moved to LA, where I currently teach AcroYoga and Anusara Yoga.And I continue to write about the crazy wonderful journey of living.

Thank you for this opportunity to experiment, explore and share with you.

Namaste!

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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

Handstand tn-4.jpgtn-1.jpgtn-2.jpg

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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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.

Check out the interview with Damona Resnick
and for a longer class about Spring check out Elsie from Elsie’s Yoga Class

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Sequence Level 2-3:

Sukhasana
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 lunge-twist-variation-side-2thumbnail.jpg then Straighten Leg for Parvritta Trikonasana Variation
Vinyasa
Vira II to Reverse Warrior back through Vira II then Clasp Arms Behind

and Fold Fwd Ostrich Pose img_1769.JPG
Vinyasa
Uttanasana
Malasana – Garland Pose Take a Squat (pls place a blanket under heels if lifted)
Bakasana – Crane Pose (working core arms bent and straighten) bakasana.jpg
Uttansana
Urdvah Prasarita Eka Padasana standing-splitsthumbnail.jpg Standing Splits to Handstand
Uttanansa
Down Dog
Straight Leg Lunge with Shoulder under Knee deep-lunge-working-head-behind-the-knee-back-viewthumbnail.jpg
Parsvottonasa Variation with Back Heel Lifted
Uttansana
Eka Pada Koundinyasana II eka-pada-koundinyasana-ii.jpg
Balasana done Extended Childs Pose
Supta Padangustasana
Supine Twist – Grape Vine Legs
Core Work – Legs Lifted with Hands Behind Head then Lower
Knees to Chest
Savasana or Meditation

Namaste!

special thanks to elsie for her awesome pics… and to Robin from Inner Freedom

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One word for Christine is Grateful! YES, and I am to her as she was able to open my eyes to see past the rain and take in with great appreciation the view from my hotel room. We connected immediately when we met and it was so wonderful to connect to the heart of someone who shares the same feeling about life.

Her sharing of her transition from NYC to BC (Vancouver) is inspiring and a great support for anyone who may wonder what their practice can offer off the mat and she says is with clarity and warmth. Christine found her teacher in her heart within herself and now had to look inside even more than she thought which I can totally relate to in my own life as we can always delve deeper. Enjoy this part this of her journey in this conversation and remember that each of us are our own teacher.

Om Namah Sivaya Guruve – the first line to the Anusara Invocation

translation: I offer myself to Lord Shiva, the Auspicious One, who is the True Teacher within and without
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I am excited to share with you – Hillary’s Yoga Practice Podcast Store in beta. Please shop, support and enjoy the practice with these fun items I chose for you. (more to come)

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Note: the photo was taken in the hotel lobby by the valet and we had no time as Christine had to jet to class

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Taking our seat is sacred and pivotal to set one’s intention while staying in our expanded heart. Asana, means posture as well as the posture of your heart (hrdyam). How we interact with ourselves and others is yoga while you read these next questions go into your heartspace and check in to see how are you aligning and keeping connection to the bigger heart that holds all of us. Please allow yourself to see how you keep connected to your heart (and disconnect) throughout your day while you interact with your life in every way – this is a great practice to learn how you align with yourself, others and the world.

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Focal Point: Where energy is gathered, moves into and moves out of in every pose. There are 3 focal points: the upper palette, bottom of the heart, core of the pelvis. Each point is the metaphor for the heart as the focal point changes in each pose.

Sequence : All Levels

Sukasana – Easy Pose to All 4’s then Downward Facing Dog

Down Dog Splits Lifting One Leg at a Time

Uttanasana – Standing fwd Bend

Then Take a Wider Stance with Hands Clasped Extended Over Your Head- Shoulder Opener

Tadasana – Mountain Pose

Urdvah Hastasana

Uttanasana – Extending fwd 4 times

Plank Pose – to Chattarunga – to Bhujangasana – Cobra Pose then Down Dog

Uttanasana to Urvah Hastasana

Surya Namaskar

Straight Leg Lunge to Crescent or Vira 1 – Warrior 1

Parvritta Parsvakonasana Variation with knee to floor with twist – Lift Leg Up if Possible pavrita-parsvakonasanathumbnail.jpg

Surya Namaskar

Down Dog to Straight Leg Lunge

From the Lunge Straighten to Parsvottanasna Variation parvottanasana-variationthumbnail.jpgand Bend 3X

Surya Namaskar

Down Dog

Pigeon Prep pigeon-prepthumbnail.jpg to Thigh Stretch

Down Dog

Vashistasana – vashi.jpgSide Plank Pose

Down Dog to Plank to Sphinx Pose

Salambasana Pose Variation 2x

Makrasana

Down Dog the hold ankle, calf or thigh for twist

Uttanasana

Supta Padangustasana

Meditation or Savasana

Namaste!

Special thanks to Elsie for Pics…

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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

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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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