Posts Tagged ‘Natural Yoga’

Colombia: September 16 – 18

February 8, 2017

Workshop at Natural Yoga, Bogotá.

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When the ankles are a problem in Virasana and Supta Virasana, kneel on a blanket stack, with the toes trailing off the back edge.

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It’s a wonderful thing when you get up into Full Arm Balance (Adho Mukha Vriksasana) for the first time. The next thing she has to learn: lift the inner ankles, the inner edges of the feet and the big toe mounds.

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Prasarita Padottanasana (shown here with the head up). Working with a belt will help you to roll and then press the outer edges of the feet down, hit the inner knees away from each other and pull the inner thighs up into the inner groins, and back. Once learned, dispense with the belt.

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© 2017 Bobby Clennell.

Bogotá, Colombia. 17, 18 and 19th of October, 2014

January 5, 2015

Workshop

Two of the themes running through my Workshop at Natural Yoga (yoga para todos en Bogotá): Elements and Koshas, and Breast Care for Everyone:

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Here are some simple depictions of the subtle channels known as the nadis through which the life force (prana) circulates. On the left, the ida, pingala and the shushumna are considered the most important. On the right, the entire network of nadis extend way beyond the confines of the physical body. You can see the sun and the moon, which have their counterparts within each embodiment. You can also see the chakras.

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Each portion of the sound form “Om” links to an element, a subtle element (experienced by the senses), and a vayu (vital air).

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We explored a practice which promoted lymphatic drainage around the arm-pits

and breasts;

strengthened the immune system,

supported liver function,

and promoted ease and freedom in the chest,

upper back and lungs,

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and shoulders.

The Botero Museum

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Though he only spends one month of the year in Columbia,

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Botero considers himself the “most Colombian artist living” due to his insulation from the international trends of the art world.

The Gold Museum

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The Bogota Gold Museum contains close to 34,000 gold pieces, plus 20,000 bone, stone, ceramic, and textile articles belonging to 13 Pre-Hispanic societies.

Dealing emeralds on the street

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Only $30 a piece we were told!

 

© 2015 Bobby Clennell.

Kids Love Savasana

November 1, 2014

Savasana (Relaxation Pose) is not just about lying around

We will begin with a few restorative poses. These setups were all done by the kids themselves.

This is 4½-year-old came with her mother to a morning class at the Iyengar Yoga Center Neve Tzedek in Tel Aviv taught by Gabi Doren. “She was amazing! I asked her to be my assistant and she took it very seriously. She demonstrated all the poses.” Here she is in Supta Baddha Konasana.

Next up, Chair Sarvangasana (shoulder stand). Make sure your hips are secure on the chair seat. Notice how this young student holds the chair legs to stop her sliding off the chair.

Donna Pointer's grand daughter. Chair Sarvangasana.

Donna Pointer’s granddaughter.

Savasana on stilts.

Bhishmasana, it’s  sort of like savasana on stilts.

Is everybody ready for Savasana? Place yourself very carefully in the center of your mat. Let your arms become limp and floppy, like perfectly cooked spaghetti.

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Here is Eleana, daughter of Michelle la Rue and Matt Dreyfus, who both teach at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of Greater New York. Photo by Bobby Clennell. She set herself up with the legs elevated, and a bolster just touching her head.

Completely relax your legs.  Covering the eyes can help you become still and quiet.

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Sue Fazoli’s daughter loves going to Mom’s classes, at the yoga studio in Chile.

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This little girl at a restorative class at Natural Yoga, Bogotá, Colombia, was not quite in the center of her mat.

Close your eyes and let the head feel soft.

Restorative class, last one of the year, at 4PM! — Iyengar YogaSchool Amsterdam

This little boy interpreted, very much in his own way, how to use a mat for Savasana. The class took place in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

……shhhh.

Galia Yogawalla took this photo last July on her yearly visit to RIMYI of her twins Amitai & Leela, 8 months at the time.

Galia Yogawalla took this photo last July on her yearly visit to Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute (RIMYI), Pune. Here are her twins Amitai & Leela, 8 months at the time, in the asana hall.

See if you can find Savasana in my picture book Watch Me Do Yoga.

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© 2014 Bobby Clennell

Workshop in Bogota, Columbia

October 29, 2013

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As soon as I landed in Bogota, my host Anna Uribe from Natural Yoga whisked me off to an orchid show. The orchid is the national flower of Columbia.

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Workshop at Natural Yoga

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Adho Mukha Svanasana on the ropes with the head supported and hands clasped behind back. Be sure to roll the shoulders back when the arms come up and over.

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My host Anna Uribe is on the left. Viparita Karani in Chair Supported Sarvangasana; make sure that the sacrum is pressed flat into the chair seat, and that the shoulders are rolled way back. Press the shoulder blades in to bring the sternum into an upright position.

© 2013 Bobby Clennell.

Kids Love Yoga

November 13, 2012

Here is the latest crop of photos of kids who were inspired by my picture book, Watch Me Do Yoga.

I appologize for not including the names of some of these young yogis and yoginis. If you recognize your child, please send me their name and I will update this post.

Keep sending in your photos!


Leon Berg practices Vrksasana (Tree Pose)…


… and Adhomukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog Pose) at the Community of Findhorn, N.E. coast of Scotland.

The Findhorn Foundation is a spiritual community, ecovillage and international centre for holistic learning.


Evelyn Chen practices Supta Virasana (Reclining Hero Pose) in Connecticut; photo by Travis Kelley.


Setu Bandhasana

“Setu means a bridge. Setu Bandha means the construction of a bridge. In this posture, the whole body forms an arch and is supported at one end by the crown of the head and at the other on the feet, hence the name.”
Light on Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar


Rope Sirsasana (Hanging Headstand).


Lauren, from the UK, practices Urdhva Danurasana (Inverted Bow Pose).


Lauren’s sister Elisa practices Padmasana (Lotus Pose).


I met these girls when I taught a workshop at Natural Yoga in Bogata, Columbia in October.


Sukhasana (Simple Cross-Leg Pose).


This New York cat obviously draws much sustainance by sitting on her favorite book, The Woman’s Yoga Book.

© 2012 Bobby Clennell.