Monday 10/10/16 – Prashantji Annomaya – Manomaya Kosa upside down

We started with attention at the bones and muscles – if tightening, tighten further; if softening, soften further; if studying/examining; examine further, etc.
 Then moved on quickly to the breath and then the concept of breathing into the organs. What is the quality one can achieve at the organs when practicing? What is the depth of discovery of the organs when practicing? Can the asana be done from the organs? 

Adho Mukha Svanasana
-    Wide stance
-    Parsva
-    Parivrtthaika Pada
-    Eka Pada
-    Parsvaika Pada
Baradhvajasana I

Second round of Sirsasana plus variations
Baradhvajasana I

Third round of Sirsasana plus variations
Then either for three groups
-    Sirsasana in the ropes
-    Ustrasana or Urdhva Dhanurasana

Setu Bandha Sarvangasana on a block into Chatush Padasana
Or Rope Sirsasana

-    Variations
Marichyasana III

It’s hard to write up Prashant’s classes. There is so many gaps in this but when you are in the thick of it, it’s like being part of an orchestra. The work has rhythm, crescendos, punctuation, emotional resonance.
The first round of Sirsasanas I was getting into the flow of things, the second one I could feel my organs, absolutely I could. The prick of the kidneys demanding more space, the subtlety of the space of my intestinal tract and the expansion and contraction of my liver. It’s quite extra ordinary. Now whether I was the master of my organs or they were the master of me, I could not swear to, but building on the work with Gulnaz yesterday, these two days have been pivotal in terms of practice. Lastly the third round of Sirsasana variations we were instructed to become versed with our brain. How to explore the pose from the brain to the organs to the limbs.
The three “P’s”- Participate, partake, part with; the three “A’s” – awareness, activity, address-al. All of these are tools for exploration from the annamaya kosa through the manomaya kosa.