Tuesday 18/10/16 - University of Prashant

More back reading. This is obviously important and it has dawned on me not for the first time that regulation, reading, learning of the action and health of the spine is so much more deeply essential to some many other “healths” of the body, not just the spine itself and Prashantji said as much today.
We have been asked on successive sessions to do postures from the spine, but there have been interjections, to do from the pelvis, from the chest, from the mind. Still though I found I could come back to the back body with a renewal in addressing the back body again. Breathing into the back body, breathing from the back body, inhaling the back body, exhaling the back body. Participating, partaking and parting with – delivery from – the back body. Awareness, activity, address-al from the back, with the back, and so on. Far from acting and reacting to the back, how much can I soften and deliver the pose to the spine from the limbs, and have the spine redeliver the pose back again. 
This philosophical delivery of a class by Prashant as I have said before is difficult to put down on paper, on screen, but his facilitation of your imagination to break new ground within the poses is remarkable. Prashant built on his metaphor from yesterday’s class, of one who reads a book is different to one who sells the book, he said that “Yog” is an extension of this idea to when the book reads you. Just doing and doing and doing and doing and dying… this is not the point. The point is that the investigation yields results but that the posture delivers back a sort of nourishment, even this is not enough of a phrasing to transmit this idea of what yoga is in this context. 

Adho Mukha Vrksasana
Tadasana – arms Urdhva Hastasana and Urdhva Baddanguliasana 

Adho Mukha Svanasana in the ropes
Parsva Suhkhasana
Ropes I to ropes Bhujangasana
-    Each of the rope positions were held for a really long time

Trikonasana – top rope 2x
Upavistha Konasana
-    Parsva 2x
-    Urdhva Mukha

On all fours (wait for it)
Cat/Cow (I know…)
-    Not done in quick succession, but rather as exploration of the spine.
-    Cat, can there be equal attention to the curve of each vertebra?
-    Cow, how much can the back dome? The ribs spread?

Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana I
Parsva Hasta Padangusthasana (UHP II)

Janu Sirsasana