Jakarta, February 2016

I taught a four day workshop in late February at Jakartadoyoga, Indonesia.


I’ve never seen so many students in a class get into Malasana II (Garland Pose) so quickly and so well. These students didn’t need any instructions – they just did it! But for the rest of us: keeping your feet together, bend your knees and lower your hips, coming into a squat. If your heels lift, support them on a folded blanket. Find your balance there for a few moments. Separate your thighs so they are slightly wider than your torso. Move your self forward until your armpits extend beyond the knees — your torso should fit in snugly. Join your hands in a salutation as you press your elbows against your inner knees and your shins into your armpits. Clasp your ankles. Fold forward taking your head to floor, close to your toes. To help keep the internal rotation of your thighs, thereby bringing them closer to the side ribs, press down through the inner heels. This pose brings relief for women who suffer from low back pain during menstruation.




Jakarta’s mascot is their version (in this context at least) of Micky Mouse and other cartoon characters on Times Square.

© 2016 Bobby Clennell.


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3 Responses to “Jakarta, February 2016”

  1. yogibattle Says:

    It’s interesting how some poses come so easily for some people. In Hawai’i, I often see many Filipino men squatting naturally with heels on the ground on their lunch break. I am convinced my heels will never touch the floor without a rolled blanket in this lifetime 😦 However, I really enjoy your posts and your expertise!

  2. Max Says:

    Hi Bobby, Can you send me your phone number by email for private pupil in Manhattan. X maxine

    Sent from my iPad


  3. A Meissi Santosa Says:

    Hi Bobby, I had a great time joining your workshop in Jakarta. Very invigorating, yet knowledgeable. Wait for another workshop/ practice with you. Thank you.

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