I have made a last minute application to study at The Institute in Pune, India, for the month of November. I have been given a place and am now making arrangements for my stay.
This will mean classes will be on hold from October half term Monday 28th October through to the 29th November.
We will resume a regular timetable on Monday 2nd December for two weeks before Christmas.
Needless to say a month in the mother land learning from Mr Iyengar’s son Prashant and granddaughter Abhijata along with the most senior Indian teachers will hugely benefit my practice and continued understanding of yogasana, pranyamas and meditation which I aim to digest and offer to you all so that we might continue to deepen our practice together.
- It is very rewarding
- Gives you a chance to explore at your own rate
- Allows you to practice exactly what you need that day
- Allows you to practice for as long as required
- Gives you independence and confidence
- Makes you a much better student!
- Is the natural next step that will deepen your understanding of yoga and yourself
How to begin a practice !
- Start small! Commit to 5-15 minutes maximum even if you know that you will do more
- Select a clean, quiet place (7’ x 3’ minimum) in a portion of a room and use it only for yoga
- Select a time of day when you will not be interrupted
- Practice at the same time each day
- Early morning is usually best, however some like an evening practice
- Begin with an empty stomach
- Food may be eaten 30-60 minutes after asana
- It is advisable to bathe or shower before you practice
What to practice
- Practice what you need
- Practice what you like
- Practice what you don’t like
- Practice your routine
- Practice what you learned in class
- Practice the sequences from Light on Yoga.
- Practice many ways of doing the same pose
Hints and cautions
- Do not practice in the sun or after being in the sun for an extended period of time
- You will know the correctness of your practice by its effect
- Always do Savasana at the end of any practice lasting more than 30 minutes
- Keep major groups of poses together (e.g. practice series forward bends together). Do not split them, except in the case of the inversions Sirsasana and Sarvangasana (see below).
- Within a group of poses work from easier poses to harder ones.
- With the standing pose group, begin with the open standing poses. Continue with the revolved ones. Then do the twisting ones. Finish with the head down ones.
- Finish twists with a symmetrical pose.
- Sirsasana and Sarvangasana should be practiced every day, with at least Adho Mukha Svanasana, Dwi Pada Viparita Dandasana in the chair or Adho Mukha Vrksasana in between.
- Sarvangasana and variations generally should be practiced for the same duration as Sirsasana.
- If time is short do Sarvangasana and variations.
- Do restorative poses toward the end of your practice.
- Do Savasana regularly. Do Savasana in every practice longer than 30 minutes.
Groups of poses
- Seated forward bends
- Arm balances
A good order within a practice
- Seated forward bends
Ways to create awareness through practice
- Work from the ground up
- Position of parts
- Action of parts
- Balance between the two sides
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