Posts Tagged ‘headstand’

Workshop in Slovenia. April 25 – 27, 2014

July 5, 2014

Workshop at City Joga Center

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We systematically opened the lungs, chest and breasts; over a block,

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over a bench holding the metal hooks,

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over a chair holding the back legs,

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and with elbows entwined.

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To recover from the back bends we practiced Adho Mukha Svanasana over a chair. This variation enables you to extend the entire spine, anterior and posterior, along with the chest and armpits.

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Forward extention 1) Make a table with two blocks and a bolster for Janu Sirsasana at the wall.

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Forward extention 2) Practicing Janu Sirsasana in such a way as to elongate the spine, abdomen, chest and breasts.

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Forward bend: now you are ready to practice Janu Sirsasana without compressing the front body.

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Supta Konasana in Sirsasana. Lengthan the inner thigh muscles and mobilise the hip joints.

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When menstruation is completely finished it is better to practice with the feet turned forward. Raise the sacrum to the level of the pubic bone to better ‘contain’ the pelvic organs and allow the uterus to recede, rest, and heal.

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Sirsasana combined with Viparita Karani. Press the forearms to the floor and the sacrum to the support.

© 2014 Bobby Clennell.

The Yoga Space, Ann Arbor, Michigan. April 5 – 6, 2014

May 10, 2014

Elements and Koshas
According to yogic principles, everything in the universe, including our body, is made up of five subtle elements: earth, water, fire, air and ether (space).

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Our own beings also comprise five “sheaths” or koshas; Annamaya Kosha, Pranamaya Kosha, Manomaya Kosha, Vignanomaya Kosha and Anandamaya Kosha. In this workshop, via a variety of asana and pranayama, we will explore and bring into balance our own unique expression of these forces. We will also learn where the koshas and elements meet and how these intersections inform our practice.

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Sound and space is ether. The quality of ether is that it contracts and expands. Give me room – that is ether.

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“Extension and expansion bring space,

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….and space brings freedom.

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Freedom is precision,

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….and presicion is divine”. B. K. S. Iyengar

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During menstruation do not revolve so far over to the side (as shown in the picture) but fold forward diagonaly, over the thigh.

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Sirsasana is ruled by the element of fire. Among other benefits, Head Stand increases digestive fire and increases body heat. The intestines are cleansed by reversing the pull of gravity, while releasing congested blood in the colon.  It also refreshes the blood supply to the master glands – the pituitary and hypothalamus – that regulate the thyroid, pineal and adrenal glands.

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Rope Sirsasana is far less demanding on the body and nervous system (especially for beginners) than Sirsasana I and II. Rope Sirsasana brings tremendous  traction to the spine and to the hip and shoulder joints.

 

© 2014 Bobby Clennell.