Sunday Conference 9.21.14

Sunday Conference with Diana...

September 21, 2014



Backbending – opening the FRONT of your body.

Open to your tallest, biggest, widest self (deep ayama breaths)
Release, lengthen and strengthen your psoas and iliacus muscles

Feet/toes + Psoas + Bandhas + Big Breath and Big Heart

“Roll and Unroll” the paper - Freedom from old patterns

1.    Feet ~ throw your roots down for a steady and strong foundation
2.    Psoas ~ Release – Lengthen – Strengthen
3.    Heart area ~ Wider – inflate your “internal balloon”
4.    Throat area (Vishuda) ~ communication, confidence, faith ~ expose your best self
The throat chakra is the area that bridges the energetic flow connecting the mind and physical body.
(Take the “Wonder Woman” stance:  feet planted, legs engaged, head held high, heart area wide, shoulders back, confidence,  personal expression)

Homework this week

Become the “looking bird” to your best, biggest, widest self

Vinyasas – where in your practice can you take your inhalation to a
Truly BIG inhale, feet/legs engaged, heart/throat area open


Weekly Message

The following is taken from Brene Brown’s book, ‘Daring Greatly.’  The phrase, ‘daring greatly’ is from Theodor Roosevelt’s speech.  The speech, sometimes referred to as “The Man in the Arena,” was delivered at the Sorbonne in Paris, France on April 23, 1910.  This is the passage that made the speech famous.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again.

Because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a
worthy cause;

Who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly…”

Sunday Conference 9.14.14

Sunday Conference with Diana

September 14, 2014

Let’s review this Semester

Backbending – opening the FRONT of your body.

Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (upward facing dog) – Eastern intensive stretch
Drop your hips to lengthen your hip flexors; pull your heart through your arms
Press your pinkie toes into your mat for internal rotation
Release, lengthen and strengthen your psoas and iliacus muscles

Feet/toes + Psoas + Bandhas + Big Breath and Big

Opening up the front of our body – Physical, Emotional and Spiritual elements
Shrink through Fear/Protection
Open to your tallest, biggest, widest self (big, deep ayama breaths)
Freedom from old patterns

Weekly Message


Homework this week

Be aware of what is happening to your body when we shrink or when we’re
BIG, WIDE, TALL

~ no dead feet – engage feet and legs fully in updog,  standing and seated poses ~

Sunday Conference 8.31.14

Sunday Conference with Diana...

August 31, 2014

Let’s review!

“Samsara” – old patterns - doing the same thing time and time again
Check in with your emotional and physical well-being – remain present

This Semester

Backbending – opening the FRONT of your body.
Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (upward facing dog) – Eastern intensive stretch
Drop your hips to lengthen your hip flexors
Release, lengthen and strengthen your psoas and iliacus muscles

This morning’s Conference

“Roll the paper … Unroll the paper” – open up your heart area ~ breathe big and
deeply to open your psoas and hip flexors

Train your brain – make good choices – open up to your biggest, widest self
Feet – root into the earth - extend your toes out and up ~ lengthen all the way up
Feet + Psoas + bandhas

Weekly Message



“Practice  Practice  Practice ~ Practice and all is coming.”
~ Sri K. Pattabhi Jois

Homework this week

Release your psoas muscles – 10 minutes - Relax/Release + Lengthen + Strengthen
Count your “beans” (good and not so good)


Happy Birthday Ganesh!