We have taken classes with Abhijata …. focus on the correct rotation of the hip in standing poses to protect both hip and knee. Sunita too ( Geeta’s sister) get the lift of the trunk use the arms well, engage the elbow, finding mobility in the knee and being told off for not knowing the kleishas or the obstacles to practice. 😕
Our early morning classes have been with Prashant Iyengar , BKS’s son and brother to Geeta and director of the institute since their passing. The wisdom from this wordsmith is profoundly philosophical and is offered to us each morning while we take just a handful of asana for a tremendously long hold! Maybe 10 in 2 hours! Start in Sirsasana at least 10mins followed by a variety of asana choices where we move in groups to practice each one…. imagine , there are perhaps twenty sets of ropes and 80-100 students so Prashant choreographs the room to accommodate everyone into an asana whilst showering us with instruction to be a laboratory in our own bodies. Each day was slightly different with a focus on standing poses, here’s a snapshot of Tuesday.
After our 10 minute Sirsasana I took Bharadvajasana on the mat, then into rope Sirsasana ( the Arial ropes!) and then into dog pose in the ropes , those 4 poses taking about 40 mins! We are asked to consider where is the breath, how is the breath, who is the beneficiary and the benefactor, what has changed in your flow, in your focus, in your spine ,in your abdomen, in your mind! Go deeper, dig deeper, not on the outside, not showy but on the inside explore the world inside.
Trikonasana and parsvakonasana on the mat and back foot to the wall holding top rope both for a loooong time! We are not separate, we are inextricably linked, mind, body, breath, this is a dynamic relationship that can be experienced when Asan is held for extended periods.
I followed with another twist Marichyasana III back on the mat- find out the who, what and whys of the pose for your own practice. UHP II with the foot to the wall, again no instruction , find out what you need to repose, reflect, recondition, regulate the triad of mind, body, breath together. Educate, train, experiment in your own body, your laboratory, don’t wait for the teachers instruction.
The last 30-40mins were in Sarvangasana followed by janu Sirsasana, Paschimottonasana, AM swastikasana and 1 minute savasana! In all these be aware of use, application, circuits of the breath- our asanas give us a great condition to carry out breath and connectivity study. Breath handling in asana is just as important as instruction and must be given due consideration. We must also tend to our language and how that affects each asana- we take a breath, receive a breath, respond to a breath, become benefactor or beificary of breath.. each gives us a different path into the same asana. Prashant is like a walking theasaurus ! He paints a masterpiece with his words and guidance, you are sculpted from the outer to the inner depths of your being with nowhere left untouched. His light shines on all of you and all of us. 🙏