Wednesday Geetaji - the not so Basic Basics

Aum
We chanted the invocation several times as the morning chant was not quite up to snuff. Geeta was insistent that the tone the vigor that we approach the verse of the invocation with should follow the same intention and vitality as the Aum. If the aum becomes more quiet, more internal then so should the invocation. It was an emotional moment for me. She chanted with us and I was happy to be in front of my Guru. The mantle is upon her and she recognizes the urgency of her position. 

Asana
Adho Mukha Svanasana
Uttanasana – feet together
Trikonasana – Ardha Chandrasana
-    Back leg thigh lifts
Adho Mukha Svanasana x2
-    Feet together, heels down
-    Raise the back leg up; shoulder blades in to the front chest
-    Second time; do with the heels up to get more shoulder blades into t he back body
Parivrtta Trikonasana to Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana
Parivrtta Parsvakonasana
-    Practice
-    From the back leg
o    Heel stays down
o    Give room to the front of the pose let the sacrum lift
-    From the front leg
o    Back leg knee stays bent to help turn the trunk
-    From the back leg
o    Keep the sacrum low this time
Chest forward; head back. In all cases come out of the pose with the back leg firm and straight.

Sirsasana 5mins
Adho Mukha Virasana
Vajrasana
-    Parvatasana
Dandasana
-    Urdhva Hastasana
-    Urdhva Mukha
o    Feet hip-width & hold the toes
o    Head up
o    Chest up
o    Buttock flesh lifts
-    Forward bend
Janu Sirsasana
-    Same actions as in Dandasana
Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana
-    Instructions kept simple
Parivrtta Paschimottanasana
-    As for Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana
Halasana on thick mats, with a belt
-    Hands off the back body and stretch the waist
-    Eka Pada Sarvangasana
-    Parsva Halasana
Salamba Sarvangasana
-    Move the back ribs in; do not rest on the hands move the hands into the back chest
Karnipidasana
-    Roll out of the pose with the knees bent.
Savasana

For the more complicated poses and inversions the instructions were simple and kept to a minimum. Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana, come in from Janu Sirsasana, the chest was to lift as in Dandasana, really lift; middle back chest moving forward and up; even throwing the head back. Was reminiscent of work I had done in Urdhva Dhanurasana before leaving for Pune. Then just grab the foot, thumb to the front of the foot; move the chest forward and bring the arm over. Keep the chest forward and head back like in Parivrtta Parsvakonasana. Simple.
Sarvangasana the instruction was again to move the back ribs in, giving the pose the appearance of a back bend.
Anyway, this class ran to 2.5 hours, yes folks! We hung on Geeta’s every word for a whole two and a half hours. We didn’t make it to the practice hall. So beat. We had a couple of things to do.
Thanks for your time all.

Tricia AmheiserComment