Sunday Conference 5.19.13


Notes from out Sunday Conference with Diana...


“Working” Conference:  Pre-practice openers

·      Lunges;
·      Supta Virasana (Reclining Hero Pose),  add block;
·      Shalabasana  (Locust Pose) – A and B.  Knees and feet engaged and together; roll outer gluts inward;
·      “Superman Pose” – raise and extend both arms and both legs; extend toes and fingers.
Then alternate raising right arm/left leg and change to left arm/right leg;
·      Bhekasana (frog pose).  Research version.  Prop up on one elbow and one foot at a time.
·      New pose: Dhanurasana (bow pose).  Keep knees touching and feet together.
·      Ushtrasana (camel pose).  Fully engage legs; hips forward and roll outer gluts inward;

Discussion of processes from Primary series (yoga chikitsa – yoga therapy) to Second series (nadi shodana – nerve cleansing).    Insure your bandhas are fully engaged.


Homework:
Continue researching poses prior to your practice and the four 2nd series poses.



Weekly Message:

Papaderos rose from his chair at the back of the room and walked to the front, where he stood in the bright Greek sunlight of an open window and looked out.  He turned; and made the ritual gesture, “Are there any questions?”
Quiet quilted the room.  These two weeks had generated enough questions for a lifetime, but for now, there was only silence.
“No questions?”  Papaderos swept the room with his eyes.
So.  I asked.
“Dr. Papaderos, what is the meaning of life?”
The usual laughter followed, and some people stirred to go.
Papaderos held up his hand and stilled the room and looked at me for a long time, asking with his eyes if I was serious and seeing from my eyes that I was.
“I will answer your question.”
Taking his wallet out of his hip pocket, he fished into a leather billfold and brought out a very small round mirror, about the size of a quarter.
And what he said was like this:
“When I was a small child, during the war, we were very poor and we lived in a remote village.  One day, on the road, I found the broken pieces of a mirror.  A German motorcycle had been wrecked in that place.
“I tried to find all the pieces and put them together, but it was not possible, so I kept only the largest piece.  This one.  And by scratching it on a stone I made it round.  I began to play with it as a toy and became fascinated by the fact that I could reflect light into dark places where the sun would never shine – in deep holes and crevices and dark closets.  It became a game for me to get light into the most inaccessible places I could find.
“I kept the little mirror, and as I went about my growing up, I would take it out in idle moments and continue the challenge of the game.  As I became a man, I grew to understand that this was not just a child’s game, but a metaphor for what I might do with my life.  I came to understand that I am not the light or the source of light.  But light – truth, understanding, knowledge – is there, and it will only shine in many dark places if I reflect it.
“I am a fragment of a mirror whose design and shape I do not know.  Nevertheless, with what I have I can reflect light into the dark places of this world – into the black places in the hearts of men – and change some things in some people.  Perhaps others may see and do likewise.  This is what I am about.  This is the meaning of my life.”
And then he took his small mirror and, holding it carefully, caught the bright rays of daylight streaming through the window and reflected them onto my face and onto my hands folded on the desk.

                  ~ Robert Fulghum


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Mysore Practice

The traditional method of learning the Ashtanga Yoga system. The student is provided with a conducive environment to practice. Adjustments are given by the instructor. Mysore practice places emphasis on Guruji's long-held belief that the practice becomes the teacher.


Sunday Conference: 5.12.13


Notes from our Sunday Conference with Diana...


Review:  3 lines of energy to open up front of body and pre-practice openers.


New poseBhekasana (research version).   
Lie down on belly and prop yourself up on left elbow.  
Bend right knee and pull the foot forward toward the floor outside of your hip.  
The hands should grab the foot so that the fingers and toes run in the same direction. 
Point elbows toward the sky and lift the chest as you press your foot toward the mat.  
Keep shoulders rolling down back. 
Breathe.  Other side.



Pre-practice openers:
·      Lunges;
·      Reclining Hero Pose (Supta Virasana): add block;
·      Basketball:  place in mid-back area;
·      Supta Virasana:  one knee bent; add block to opposing side;
·      Resistance work against wall (shoulder and pectoral areas opener);
·      Ushtrasana (camel pose).  Fully engage legs; hips forward and roll outer gluts inward;
·      Shalabasana – B.  Knees and feet engaged and together; roll outer gluts inward; and
·      ADD:  Bhekasana (frog pose).  Research version.  One foot at a time.


Be a “double” good egg today and practice goodness and kindness…

Homework:
Continue researching poses prior to your practice – Breathe deeply – Be present


Weekly Message:



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Sunday Conference 5.5.13


Notes from our Sunday Conference with Diana...



Review:  Be present; be mindful; make good choices; discipline and traditions.
Year of Snake/Dog (Stirha/Sukha)


New!  “Pelvis-Dog”:  Relax the thighs and pelvis toward the mat; let go of your buttock muscles; roll outer hips inward.


Story-telling:  
A Taoist teaching of water and nature – a flowing stream “dancing” around the embedded stones – the waters gently moving around the stones – staying in the flow; no fighting it; no struggle; letting go!


New pre-practice opener pose:  Shalabasana (B) – Locust pose – on your belly. Inhale and bring the hands forward toward the waist with elbows bent. Bandhas engaged.  Place the palms on the mat with the fingers pointing straight ahead. Lift the chest and feet. Toes and knees together, hip flexors turning inward.  
Stirha:  Arms/elbows, legs/toes, hip flexors.  
Sukha:  Heart area, upper thoracic , lower back area.


Pre-practice openers:
·      Lunges;
·      Reclining Hero Pose (Supta Virasana): add block;
·      Basketball:  place in mid-back area;
·      Supta Virasana:  one knee bent; add block to opposing side;
·      Resistance work against wall (shoulder and pectoral areas opener);
·      Ushtrasana (camel pose).  Fully engage legs; hips forward and roll outer gluts inward;
·      ADD:  Shalabasana – B.


Homework:

Continue researching poses prior to your practice 
– Breathe deeply – Be present – Dance!



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Weekly Message

Tao Passages Sixty-six

Because the ocean trusts the Tao, it lies below its tributaries.
Secure in its position, it waits patiently for all waters
to return to their natural source.

Earth is not your real home, but only a temporary port.
You have come here to experience and express,
Evolve and enjoy, evoke and endure.

Doubt nothing that comes from intuition.
Dismiss nothing that comes from imagination.
Deny nothing that comes from inspiration.

Whenever you are ready to awaken, the Way home awaits you.

Translation by Dorien Israel
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