Detailed Meditative Flow
This class will be an intricate exploration of the flow of postures that comprise the Primary Series. The universal form of internally integrated yoga posture will be experienced as a continuous joining and separating of masculine and feminine movements where prana and apana naturally and organically interpenetrate all through the body. Students will learn to pay close attention to the meditative quality of form and movement as a means of bringing refinement to their practice.
Mulabandha Is Not What You "Think"
To flow gracefully and effortlessly in and out of poses, it is essential to stay vibrant and grounded in the breathing. This class will be based on a study of the essential and elusive activity of Mulabandha and the strong grounding effect of correct ujjayi breathing. The actual Mulabandha is a conjunction of complimentary movement patterns, which open the central axis of the body right up through the root of the palate. Students will flow seamlessly through these movement patterns, following the thread of the central axis.
Back-bending and Threads of Energy
An energetic exploration of the whole-body patterns found in back bending, which eliminates joint compression and leaves students feeling open and clear.
Inversions and the Palate
In this class students will refine the Finishing Poses (inversions and sitting posture) by working the subtle movements of the shoulders, arms, neck, head, spine, tongue and palate. Like a perfect dessert after a fine meal, these gentle subtleties will aid in making Pranayama and meditation natural. The last 45 minutes of the class will be a talk on the internal aspects yoga.