Saturday 15/10/16 - Geeta, Expanded and Extended

Geeta was very good humored and patient with us and our terrible poses. This was a masterly crafted class – of course – the midway point of Sirsasana was so light I had a hard time not floating to the ceiling. 
“Breath out so your head is not heavy”, for the back bends at the beginning. We had to go into each back bend and come out with a lifted chest and out movement had to come both sides of body simultaneously. After the back bending sequence Geeta asked us, to notice where some parts of the spine are dull, where some are working harder. Keeping the head calm and quiet, despite doing these very energetic postures was noted importance; using the breath to come into an go out, was amphasised. 

Adho Mukha Virasana
-    Quieten the mind
Adho Mukha Svanasana
-    What is the work of the legs?
-    How are the shoulder blades moving?
-    How are the arms turning
Sukhasana 6x
-    Coil back
-    Crown to the floor
-    Shoulders back
-    Chest lifted
-    Arms in Urdhva Dhanurasana, push down and lift the chest; lead with it to come up
-    Put the forearms down to help after you have
Virasana – 3x
-    Repeat above
Uttana Padasana – 3x
-    From Dandasana
-    Repeat above
-    Bend the knees, bring to the chest
-    Straighten the knees, legs firm, knees stretched; like Navasana
-    Bring the arms up and straight
Padmasana to Matsyasana
Baddha Padmasana
-    Cross arms behind the back
-    Hold the feet in Padmasana
-    Repeat actions above
Baddha Konasana
-    Repeat actions above
-    So difficult
-    Light as a feather
-    Forearm work from previous poses

Demonstration from the younger students
-    Uttanasana
o    Feet together, inner feet down
o    Knees have to straighten; kneecaps back
o    Thighs; quadriceps lift, thighs back
-    Urdhva Dhanurasana
o    Student with a pain in the elbow, had to straighten
o    Lift  shoulder blades

Urdhva Dhanurasana – 100times! Well, it felt like it.
-    No props; we did terribly so Virasa demonstrated with the prop – belted, so beautifully. His hips got higher and higher as per Geeta’s request. He walked in, he lifted, his elbows straightened, he lifted. It was phenomenal.
-    Elbows belted 3x
-    Add blocks at a wall 3x
-    Back on the mat with belted elbows 3x
Set up for Sarvangasana with the thick mats
Chatush Padasana – we were awful and Geetaji was dissatisfied with how our chests were – 3x
Eventually, we were allowed to go up into

I cant over emphasise how good this sequence was. Most radical and practical exploration of the spine followed by the most heavenly Sirsasana ever. We all had tremendous fun.