A few thoughts on class and practice and a Rajlaxmi Sequence
It was hard getting up this morning, but by 5:00 am we were drinking coffee and eating breakfast. I went along to observe Rajlaxmi’s class. I took tons of notes. Transcribing them seems like a rather daunting task at the moment. She’s intense. Adamant. People were working hard. No props. Emphasis on getting the body to do the actions. She said two things about props that I thought were interesting. 1. Props are for invalids. 2. Props are for refining advanced action. Not her exact words, but her overall point is that we have to train the body to do the action that we need to be able to do the pose.
I did parts of this practice and parts of the ladies classes thus far during practice today. It all fits quite well together. (Lots of twisting, lots of hip work). The only thing I didn’t work in were the suptas from last Saturday. I had enough energy for practice today. I made it a good 2.5 hours without the beginning restorative/recovery time. It is a lot easier to practice when Prashant is not right before.
All the teachers were there practicing twists today. It is really fascinating to watch them. They work hard and then really adjust/ help each other with much more, vigor, than one usually sees in a western Iyengar class. Nothing about their work in the pose or work with each other is casual. I would not say it looks like “Effortless effort” but Rajlaxmi sure can demonstrate with effortless effort. Her body is so fluid on the stage. I found my attention going to the root of the action over and over again.
Lunch was a little late today, but we had green bean subji, which was pretty tasty. The new chapati flour is not as good, so we’ll be going back to the original brand.
Anyway, mostly just laying low (working on the Aristotle paper and reading this fabulous book, the Secret Life of Violet Grant) until Pranayama this evening.
Here’s the sequence.
Friday Morning June 13, Rajlaxmi
Walk back to Uttanasana
Concave Utt feet wide then full pose hands on ankles
Padangusthasana concave and full pose
Padahastasana Concave and full pose
Utt feet together, Concave and full pose
Come up to Utkatasana
Bend more, hold heels utt keep contact with thighs and abdomen, Uttanasana
Tadasana walk forward to Parsvottasana concave
Then extend torso to the right little toe side of front leg, then down.
(I think this happened twice
Uttansana between sides
Prasarita padd. Huge amount of time in upright position, concave, then down
Walk legs in to Utt
Bk/ UVK (One leg in each) then BK leg to M1 toes straight ahead, then turned, then back to BK same leg then switch legs.
JS turn and fold over bent leg
Sneak to Parivritta JS
(Did twice. )
Virasana, Parvatasana, Supat virasana
Ardha baddha padma paschimo bend over bent leg, then bend extended leg in to come to Padmasana, Parvatasana, Matsyasana.
Ardha Badhha padma paschimo making clasp. Turn toward padmasana leg.
Paschimottasana, Concave, down, concave.