Monthly Archives: December 2010

Strenghtening the shoulders as well as the abs. Tues 530pm

Flex band work today.  Wrapping the band around the chest to feel the full expansion of the chest. Dirgha breath.

Band around the feet to start the arm/shoulder work. High rows, tricep work, upper shoulder work from cactus arms, rotator cuff strengthening.  Roll backs with rhomboid pulls, oblique work with the band and roll backs.  Abdominal work simple small movements using the hip hinge to work the abdominals.  My friend Laura a physical therapist assistant just loves this set of movements small but very strong.   Rhomboid, tricep, deltoids, supraspinatus and rotator strengthener.  Stretch all this out with some shoulder stretches, before aromatherapy and savasana.

Aromatherapy tonight will be Vata/Kapha Blend from Yoga Flow Oils, thank you Susan.

BKS Iyengar at 92 still living yoga.

Iyengar Yoga is very much in my lineage of yoga that I study and the teachers I study with. It is beautiful with its focus on alignment and making the postures available to everyone using props.  Yoga will become a part of anyone that opens their heart to the practice…….. and this is what it is a practice something that is never finished even at 92.  
Much love to Mr. Iyengar
Going strong at 92
Published: Sunday, Dec 12, 2010, 10:22 IST
By Rahul Chandawarkar| Place: Pune | Agency: DNA

Yoga guru BKS Iyengar, who turns 92 on December 14, still breathes fire. Age has not diminished any of his energy and spirit.Sipping his favourite filter coffee in his study at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (Rimyi) in Pune on Friday, he launched into a spirited attack on the proponents of ‘power yoga’ and ‘hot yoga’.“Hot yoga makes no sense. Beyond obvious sexual connotations, it means little else. Tell me, if yoga was actually hot, then why were the yoga maharishis performing asanas in the cold Himalayas,” says Iyengar.About power yoga, the nonagenarian says, “Power yoga is hardly new. My guruji taught us power yoga in the 1930s. Power yoga is nothing but a more exertive form of yoga which involves jumping. Yoga is simply the union of mind, body and soul.”

On the eve of his 92nd birthday, the yoga guru prides himself on living in the present. “I believe in living in the present tense. There is no point crying about the past and speculating about the future. I had a very difficult past. I had only two students in 1939 and the people in Pune were actually hostile towards me. However, I worked harder and succeeded. Today, Iyengar yoga has become a massive tree which has spread across the world. Nobody is hostile towards me and I have so many friends. I have every reason to live in the present.”

The yoga guru is happiest about being a yogi and a sanyasi. “God took away my wife 35 years ago and forced me to become a sanyasi. Today, I see God in every asana that I perform. I may not have called my institute an ashram and I do not wear orange robes, but at our institute, the sincere practice of yoga is the only objective.” the yoga guru said.The yoga guru, who still practices yogic asanas for at least three hours every morning said it had become an integral part of his daily life. “Yoga is not an addiction for me. It was an addiction when I was a young man. Today, yoga inspires me. Every day, I learn something new and interesting. I cannot have my meals, without practicing yoga. My practice gives me new ideas, thoughts and feelings,” the guru said.Elaborating on his practice style, the yoga guru says, “There are 300 joints, 700 muscles and 96 kms of blood circulation system in our body. When I practice a particular asana, I need to pay attention to every single part of my body. When I practice, my intellectual awareness is flows from head to toe, like the river to the sea. I find this gratifying and interesting.”

Freeing the spine, spinal flows. Mon 7pm Yum Yum Yoga

Pranayama: Sahaja, Dirgha, Nadi Shodhana

Flowing with a wall series that is just sooo yummy it is almost as good as a chocolate.  Wall hangs to wall lifts, gentle warrior, raised wall lifts.  Palm tree, balance with raised standing 1 &2, half tortoise twist, free seat forward fold.  Legs up the wall to continue the wall series, bridge rolls, inverted V stretch, cradle, reclined twist, butterfly.    Aromatherapy & Savasana.

Aromatherapy tonight will be Vata/Kapha Blend from Yoga Flow Oils, thank you Susan.

Shanti Vinyasa Flow Inner Peace from the Heart Mon 530pm

Rounding out the holidays with a general flow class.  Smooth and fluid for the holidays.

Pranayama: Sahaja, Dirgha, Nadi Shodhana

Sun Salutation then moving onto Cobra swings, swan to 3 leg dog, runner hamstring stretch (YUM YUM).  Gate before moving with a flow through the standing postures.  To the floor to build back strength then finish with cobra swings.  Swan to twists, rolling like a ball to release the back, squat 1 to hand balance, forward bends, aromatherapy rock the clock, butterfly flow, Savasana.

Aromatherapy tonight will be a new blend Vata/Kapha from Yoga Flow Oils, thank you Susan

Strength with an open heart. Fri 1115 am LFF Sem Shanti Vinyasa

Pranayama: Sahaja, Dirgha, Breath of Joy

Flowing Sun Salutation with hip openers and toe stretch.  Moving on with wide leg forward fold to Skanda, standing strength Warrior 2, side warrior, 1/2 moon to arching 1/2 moon, triangle, warrior 2, sun warrior, deviasana.  Adding in cow face pose or face of light pose to open the hips, added in the arm movements, forward fold and open & closed twist in the pose. Aromatherapy and Savasana.

Aromatherapy tonight will be Shanti Blend from Yoga Flow Oils, thank you Susan.

Yoga Nidra for the 200 hr Yoga Teachers Training Grads Wed 7pm Lotus Pond

The 200 hour Teachers Training group is graduating soon and they are working on yoga therapy this Wed evening.  I was asked to give a nice long Yoga Nidra experience and also speak a little about the benefits of Yoga Nidra and how it can be used in a therapeutic session. I will also discuss the different types of Yoga Nidra and guided meditation.

I will be writing an outline for the Nidra however, most Yoga Nidras are very organic for me I just feel the room and expand on what I am feeling from the group so I am never sure what I am going to say.

I will be doing aromatherapy tonight and it will be Shanti Blend from Yoga Flow Oils, thank you Susan

Opening the heart with Back Bending postures. Tues 745 LFF Seminole

Opening the heart with back bending postures tonight.  Pranayama over 2 blocks to start the movements and open heart with breath.

Moving into warm ups with cat rolls, thread the needle, child, chest expansion.  Facedown shoulder openers.  Cobra rolls, toe stretch with shoulder openers. Sun Salutations into deeper cobra work.  Prone alternate arm & leg moving into bow or half bow.  Camel, bridge rolls,  to full wheel, plow with block under sacrum.  Happy baby and a twist or two before aromatherapy and Savasana.

Aromatherapy tonight will be Relaxing Blend from Yoga Flow Oils, thank you Susan.

Abdominal work with deep massage with foam roller. Tues 530pm

Centering the mind & breath with Pranayama, Sahaja, Dirgha wit Ujjai.

Starting on the rollers tonight with some massage rolling the back, legs, buttocks before we start on the abdominal muscles tonight.  100’s to further warm up the body with the breath,  cross crawl and reach through, side plank  rolls, hip circles, bicycle crunches to Can Can, Dolphin,  prone pointer to Boat, child and roller massage for deep tissue release. Aromatherapy, Savasana.

Aromatherapy tonight is Relaxing Blend from Yoga Flow Oils, thank you Susan

Standing, sitting & shopping hard on the Sciatic Mon 7pm Yum Yum

Yummy gift for yourself for the holidays.   Sciatic love and kindness.

Starting on our back with supported bridge over a bolster to open the heart and the shoulders.  Using sandbags on the shoulders to allow them to drip down to the floor. Pranayama is  Dirgha with Ujjai

Rock the clock, leg stretch with foot pressing into wall,  opening into the wide leg supported with blocks, chair or whatever.   Cradle stretch.  Supported cobbler with blocks or blankets to support the knees and sandbag for the feet props as needed under the hips.   Wide leg Forward Fold.

Standing Sciatic Help is Triangle on the wall, side angle on wall all using blocks.  Bolster twist and bolster child.   Aromatherapy & Savasana

Aromatherapy tonight will be Shanti Blend from Yoga Flow Oils, thank you Susan

Beautiful, Peaceful Flow, Shanti Vinyasa Mon 530

Pranayama:  Sahaja, Dirgha KB with holds

Yoga from the heart flow tonight. Standing palm tree stretch, cat rolls, natural seat rolls, cat bows, runner to mountain flow, wide leg Forward fold with twist, standing posture flow, including 3 leg dog, cobra 1/boat flow, 1/2 locust, sphinx, bridge rolls, reclined butterfly, cradle, and hip side stretch.  Aromatherapy and Savasana.

Aromatherapy tonight will be Shanti Blend from Yoga Flow Oils, thank you Susan.