Here's what we talked about in Class
I enjoyed our opening discussion of How Yoga Works. One thing I forgot to bring up is the importance of the various manifestations of violence in the story. Ahimsa (or non-violence) is one of the central ethical teachings of yoga philosophy. As you continue to read, think about how violence and non-violence manifest in the story.
We worked on the following poses in class. Tadasana, Urdhva Hastasana, lots of Adho Mukha Svanasana. Savasana with block under the head and shoulder blades. Supta Padangusthansana, supported setu Bandha ( off bolster, feet on blocks) and viparita karani.
We worked a bit with breath observation.
Asana homework. Observe how often your daily tasks take your shoulder forward and shoulder blades off your back. Then do what you can to change that habit. Try to put your legs up the wall every day. Do a down dog every day. One of my favorite yoga slogans, "Another Day, Another Down Dog."
Here's the handout we used for discussion.
There are ten students enrolled.
The good news. Everyone has created a blog.
Most of you did a practice reflection.
The super good news. One of you has already posted a response to one of the memoirs.
The bad news Only three of you posted a reading response. This is the lowest reading prompt response rate I have ever had.
Though I am not in complete despair, it does make it difficult for me to gauge where you are with this.
So, please take a moment and write down.
One thing you liked about how yoga works.
One thing you didn’t.
If you are auditing or didn’t read, write a question you have and an observation about your yoga practice thus far.