Monday, November 21, 2005

Nov. 21 Yoga Practice

I missed class on the 14th because of a work commitment. This class was the third in Ruth's series on arm balances. Usually I have trouble with these but tonight's class went pretty well. We did some poses that we've never done before or haven't done in a very long time. Arm balances require a good deal of concentration in addition to the coordination necessary for good balance.

For easy reference to Light on Yoga, I put page numbers in parentheses after the pose names. Because we practice these so infrequently, I don't know these as well as standing poses or backbends.

Adho Mukha Svanasana into Urdhva Mukha Svanasana - go back & forth several times. Inhale into Urdhva Mukha and exhale into Adho Mukha
Rope work: forward bend into back arch, with chest fully expanded
Vasisthasana (p. 310, no leg in air) to Purvottanasana (p. 176) to Vasisthasana on other side - Reverse. Do a couple of times.
Vasisthasana - use wall, put strap around heel if necessary to hold leg out straight
Anantasana (p. 247) - be careful about placing hand under head, do it deliberately & with thought, use strip if necessary to hold leg up
Kasyapasana (p. 312)
Bakasana (p. 318)
Bakasana into Sirsasana II - use wall, go up into Sirsasana then back to Bakasana
Parsva Bakasana (p. 319)
Mayarasana (p. 283)
Sarvangasana
Savasana