Hanging on her every breath, Geetaji is in electric form. Direct and concise, she caught every pose that was not up to snuff and pushed us all to do better.
Trikonasana – the front leg buttock had to move forward, if the thigh would not rotate, make it rotate. Parsva Konasana, the buttock forward, knee back over and over again. We made a study of the shoulders too, move the shoulder blades in, in Adho Mukha Svanasana by lifting the palms and fingers from the floor, also in Tadasana create width and space by spreading the collarbones and taking the shoulders straight back. In Urdhva Hastasana, widen the arms from the side of the head and turn them; take the upper arm back past the ears.
Adho Mukha Virasana
Adho Mukha Svanasana
Tadasana – emphasis on left of the top chest and moving the shoulders back
- Upper arms back behind the ears
- Arms wide, turn biceps out, triceps in, bring arms close to the side of the head.
– wide legs
– Hold ankles and pull side body down
- Take the side of the ears up toward the ceiling as the upper arms are lifted away from the floor
- Maintain extension of the chest forward
- Head on the floor
Adho Mukha Virasana
On thick mats
- Salamba Sarvangasana
In Trikonasana – under Geeta’s instruction a student was adjusted by Abhijata, who was seated on the ground in front of the student, with a rope around the hip, looping down, grabbing the buttock bone. Abhi placed her feet, mid inner thigh of the front leg; top of the back leg thigh to create resistance both right and left spheres of the posture and pulled on the rope so as to draw the buttock bone of the front leg towards her. (See next post for further unmissable details on buttock bone direction.)
Coming in to Virabhadrasana I, the sacrum has to move forward as you go into the pose; coming out of the pose the sacrum is directionally still moving forward as the legs are straightened. This prevents withering of the hamstring on the front leg.