Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Post Class Update

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.

Hello  All,

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.  


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