We’re taking a close look at pranayama. The movements of PRANA are not only those which enter the body through the vehicle of the breath. There are movements of PRANA also within one’s own body. These pranas are called VAYUS (vital airs); they are the intelligent life-forces which are manifested in the astral body and function through the five subsidiary nerve centres in the brain and spinal cord.
We’ll begin our class this week with some bridges. These are great for connecting mind, body and breath. Then on to some twists which are so excellent for stimulating the wheels of energy.
Now we’ll move to seated through the boat posture and continue with butterfly knees. Let’s try the balance known as merudandasana – that’s always fun! And we’ll work with tortoise. It’s a wonderful forward bend.
Progressing on to seated twists we’ll take care to twist from the base of the spine. Don’t let the head get bossy and lead this movement!
Now to standing. Every half-term we choose a ‘challenge posture’. At the moment it’s the eagle, which is a most interesting balance. Are we improving? Repetition allows you to really get to know a pose…
Let’s finish our standing work with the salute to the moon, and then return to the mat for the cool-downs and meditation.
For meditation we’re going to imagine that we have a large crystal deep within us. As we breathe in, the crystal grows larger and brighter. as we breathe out, we melt into sapphire blue.
Relaxation works with the subtle energy – ANU LOMA VILOMA KRIYA.
Our last class of this term is July 19th.
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti