Standing poses with Rajlaxmi
Well, that was definitely the hardest “asana” we have done since we have been here. Standing poses. Lots of work, lots of points. I worked on keeping presence of mind in the parts that were particularly challenging, continuing to listen for the new and be in the present moment and not just do what I thought I new how to do.
Rajlaxmi is also a very good, very clear teacher. I found her a little more difficult to understand at first, but that’s my limitation. She has a very forceful teaching presence and the vitality of her poses exudes from the skin. (I was right up front.) Beautiful to see.
Even though it was hard work and point filled, there were certainly elements of Yogasana as well. For example, near the end, she had a nice observation a bout “inner body awareness bringing intelligence and how various poses change the “out going outward going thoughts toward inward moving thoughts.”
Everyone seemed pretty tired and happy after class. Jeff and I walked home. The sun was pretty hot. Cauliflower and potato subji, quite tasty and a dahl with both red and green chilis swimming about.
Happily, the internet was working for awhile, though it is not now. Mostly, I did work email, wrote the sequence, and notes and now it is pretty much time to head back up to practice.
We are planning on staying to observe the medical class.
Here is something close to the sequence. I’m not posting my extended notes. You’ll have to come to class and practices to get the juicy details.
Ladies Class June 11, 2014 Rajlaxmi
AM Sukasana Twice
UH palms facing each other, then arms out wide and turn arms up then UH Palms forward.
Paschima baddanguilasana lift chest arch neck back slightly.
Parsva Hasta Padasana
Trik two or three times.
Ustrasana for the chest (not for doing Ustrasana as such) between Triks
Tadasana, paschima badd lift head up and arch neck back slightly.
UP, arm up then over. Twice (the Ustrasasna may have gone between these)
V1 and V3
Really long hanging uttanasana heels turned out.
Dandasana concave back, fold forward
Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana in sirsasana then Sirsasana, then eka pada sirsasana bringing foot to the floor. Then do the same with opposite leg.
Come down, paschima Badd lift chin and arch neck back a bit.
switch interlace and again to UPEP in sirsasana, then sirsasana, then eka pada, sirsasana, then switch legs UPEP, Sirsasana, Eka Pada sirsasana.
AMVirasana either holding ankles and rolling shoulders back or paschima Badd to roll shoulders back.
Sarvangasana (belt right on elbows)
Roll out with legs bent because of space issues
Paschimo with enough support for head that T spine is lower than head.