Archive for August, 2016

Ljubljana, Slovenia: May 20 – 22

August 22, 2016

Workshop at City Joga Center.

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Pincha Myorasana: press the index finger knuckles, the base of the thumbs, and the inner forearms  down. Lift the shoulders, shoulder-blades, and  outer hips. Roll inner thighs back.

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Some partner work in Ardha Chandrasana: Supporting the upper thigh, lift the belt more from the front of the thigh than the back of the thigh.

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Getting into Padmasana. Allow the weight  of the left foot to open up the right hip socket.

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Another way to get into Padmasana: lay down first.

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Matsyasana with knees belted. Slide your tailbone away from you. If you have any kind of knee stiffness, it’s best to keep the knees wide.

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Don’t force yourself into Padmasana. In Half Padmasana, be sure to “catch” the foot that is underneath, into the belt.

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Supta Virasana combined with Supta Padangustasana I. The student is being helped with a very light touch, helping her to extend her bent knee thigh away from her. To help lengthen the right sacral area, the instructor uses a belt to move the student’s right hip away from the waist.

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Move the extended leg toward an upright position.

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Anyone doing Supta Virasana supported up on blocks and one or more bolsters has limited mobility. Great care is taken not to over stretch his raised leg hamstring.

The kitty thought my water tasted best!

The cat was very kind – he allowed me to stay in his room. He very much liked my water.

© 2016 Bobby Clennell.

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Budapest: May 14 – 15, 2016.

August 17, 2016

Workshop at Amrita Jógaközpont

 

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The invocation with Kevin Gardiner.

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Forrai Reka translated my English instructions into Hungarian for the workshop. She also translated Yoga for Breast Care into Hungarian.

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Vasithasana. Move the tailbone in. Keep the inner edges of the feet and big toes together.

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To maintain the length of your biceps: rotate your arms out, and pull the arm-pit chest up.

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My hosts, Erika Repassy and Kevin Gardiner in strong Salabhasanas.

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With Kevin: roll the shoulders back and down. Turn the inner elbow up.

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Parsva Dhanurasana. Turn the chest away from the shoulder that is wedged against the floor.

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Urdhva Dhanurasana with hands on blocks. Press the heels of the hands into the blocks, turn the upper arms in toward each other, and move the chest toward the wall. Stamp your feet down open the backs of the knees: press calves down and raise the thighs up.

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This combination, Baddha Konasana/Upavistha Konasana helps keep the hip sockets healthy and mobile.

Photographs: Jaya Chakravarty.

© 2016 Bobby Clennell.

London: May 2

August 11, 2016

Workshop at The Iyengar Yoga Studio, East Finchley.

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Uttitha Hasta Padangustasana 1 on The Ropes. We help her roll her outer thigh down while moving her standing leg thigh back to the wall. She presses her standing leg foot down, and raises her spine and chest.

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Uttitha Trikonasana on the ropes. Anchoring your back foot to the wall, and holding the rope will help give you the momentum needed to extend your torso away from the wall.

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Ardha Chandrasana on the ropes. Turn your head back, move your dorsal spine and tailbone forward.

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Rope Sirsasana. Secure the upper arm bones into the sockets — overlap the triceps onto the deltoids, and the deltoids onto the shoulder-blades.

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Rope Urdhva Mukha Svanasana. Similarly, maintain the connection of your upper arms and shoulders.

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Viparita Dandasana. Firm your shoulder-blades onto your upper back ribs. Walk your hands along the belt toward the wall.

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I always enjoy teaching for Patsy Sparksman at her studio in East Finchley, London,

© 2016 Bobby Clennell.

Denmark: April 29 – May 1

August 10, 2016

Workshop at Studie Yoga.

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Press your sit-bones down. Curving back over the chair seat, pull your back ribs up then forward toward your chest. Rotate your upper arms in, straighten your elbows and extend through the tips of your fingers.

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If you are ever in Copenhagen, I recommend you drop into Bob for a delicious bio organic meal.

© 2016 Bobby Clennell.

County Cork: April 23–24

August 4, 2016

Workshop for the Munster Iyengar Yoga Association.

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Parsvottanasana: In the head-up position, pick up your front leg foot – curling your toes toward you. Pull your kneecap up to reveal and lengthen more of your shin bone. Without shrinking your shinbone, return the ball of the foot to the floor but don’t touch your toes to the floor as you do this. Extend you torso over your front leg and move your head toward your shinbone.

Possibly River Lee?

The River Lee rises in the Shehy Mountains on the western border of County Cork and flows eastwards through Cork, where it splits in two for a short distance, creating an island on which Cork’s city centre is built, and empties into the Celtic Sea at Cork Harbour.

© 2016 Bobby Clennell.