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|Posted on 30 March, 2015 at 13:25||comments (7)|
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|Posted on 2 February, 2015 at 18:26||comments (0)|
ARDHA CHANDRASANA (Half Moon)
A beautiful Asana and a powerful story behind it..This is the story of the God or Diety Ganesh (the elephant head God), known for his infatuation with sweet things. One day he filled his belly so much that he could hardly make his way home On his way there, a mouse crossed his path, and they strolled along together. Suddenly a Cobara rushed out and frightened the mouse so much that Ganesh was knocked over. His full belly burst open spilling all the sweets. His image was so comical that the moon;Chandra laughed. Ganesh was enraged and remembering that he was the son of Shiva broke off his right tusk and hurled it at Chandra. Her light went out and Ganesh cursed her never to shine again. leaving the world with only the light of the sun, no Dusk, no Night and No Dawn. romance died and every living thing including the gods became scorched with the suns heat.. the Gods pleaded with Ganesh who compromised by allowing Chandra to shine again but only every four weeks would she be able to show her brilliance. His tusk remained as a reminder to her never to laugh at him again... the lesson here is that everything is held in balance... steeped only in sunshine the world is lost..
From Virabhadrasana 11 come into Utthita Parsvakonasana, ground your feet and extend the top arm so that the side bodies are fully open.....do these two transitions a couple of time to really warm up (if this is just a home practice) Now from Utthita Parsvakonasana, bring the top arm down (a block is great for beginners).. place the block just in frot of the standing leg, bring the top hand to rest, shorten your step, connect with your block and float your back leg... deeply inhale to stack your shoulders and your hips...Chandra.. if there is stability try extending the hand over head Ardha.. the extended hand actually represents Ganeshès tusk.. FEEL BALANCED BREATHE WITH THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS ALIVE
|Posted on 28 January, 2015 at 17:21||comments (0)|
Phalakasana (High Plank)
Phalakasana is a wonderful transition from Uttanasana or Adho Mukha Svanasana. It is called the top of a high push up because when done in a flow or Vinyasa class the student would want to be on top of their toes. and shoulder blades hugged unto the back of their hearts. In a Hatha class the top of the toes cues are omitted because students want to feel more grounded and may actucally arrive at this Asana from their knees. I will suggest a transition from Adho Mukha Svanasana:....INHALE DEEPLY Grip your mat with ferocity, come on the very top of your toes, take yous sitz bones back and up.. get very long in the side bodies and even longer in the spine, as you EXHALE make the transition full of power, stay high, allow the hips to fall slightly and the chest comes through your arms, bring your head up slightly as the final touch...FEEL AS THOUGH THE TRANSITION IS A POWERFUL RIPPLE WITHOUT ACTUALLY BENDING THE SPINE...BREATH... Return to Adho Mukha Svanasa (Downward Facing Dog) or Balasana (Childs Pose) Do this transition about five to six time and experience the power of this Asana..
|Posted on 2 January, 2014 at 14:37||comments (2)|
Welcome 2014. I am still unsure of how this year is going to unfold. Will there be more or less (of everything) I tell my students often to soften there jaw line and really become aware of their breath, do not hold on to things which do not serve.. So today's asana is Eka Pada Rajakapotasana; King Pigeon (variations are welcomed) I love this pose simply because it is both proud and humble. Start in Tadasana; take a deep cleansing breath, ripple your spine into a forward fold Uttanasana. then with controlled movement step back first with one foot then the other and come into Adho Mukha Svanasana. BREATHE. With attention to the spine take the right leg straight up and back, bend the right knee and ripple forward to the top of a high push up. Using your breath and alignment, bring the right shin across your body and rest it on your mat. Align you hands close to your hips. Here is where the breath and and softening of you jaw becomes important, find length and stability (use support under your hands if necessary). Lengthen the spine. Access a deeper asana simply by bending the left knee and catching the left foot with the left hand. Stay with the breath. Relax in this pose first by releasing the caught foot then bring your forearms to the mat followed by your chest. Use support under you chest if necessary. Maintain your BREATH. GOOD MORNING! Do not forget to balance out the other side.
|Posted on 5 January, 2013 at 17:54||comments (0)|
Uttanasana ( Forward Fold). In downward facing dog you worked on keeping your spine long feeling the lower back open and experienced the connection between your upper and lower body as you take your gaze to your upper thigh in the pose. Now walk your hands back to your feet. Keep a slight bend in your knees in the begining and feel! experience the shift or sliding of your muscles in your upper back, lower back, hamstrings and quads. Keep your fngertips pressed firmly into your mat. Keep your hips above your ankles, stay firm and connected.To experience a deeper Uttanasa, straighten your knees, lift your knee caps without locking them. If your fingertips can no longer reach your mat take your hands to your shins. FEEL UTTANASANA!! Keep your neck long, gaze bewtween your shins, lift your toes to stabiilize your ankles: Use these finer cues to access parts of the Asana which best benefit your body. Breathe
|Posted on 4 January, 2013 at 16:46||comments (0)|
Adho Mukha Svanasana, or downward facing dog. everyone knows this asana, but how many of us do it correctly and what do we actually feel in downward facing dog.
Try begining first on all fours, do a couple of cat stretches, ihale to untuck exhale to pull your navel to your spine and tuck.
Place you hands one palm length ahead and press firmly ino your finger pads. Push you sit bones back and up and come into the position.
Experiment with your knees slightly bent , press into your finger pads and feel!!
Now straighten your Knees and bring your heels as close to the floor as you can, all the way down is better. Stay long through your back feel!!
BREATHE: ADHO MUKHA SVANASANA