Inner energy and the classical path

It’s launch day for my latest book! YOGA POSES QUESTIONS is now available from Amazon and I’m delivering the pre-ordered books to my classes today and tomorrow.
This week’s class is continuing the theme of working with the inner energies. We’ll begin with the complete yoga breath, mahat pranayama. Then, after stretches and warm-ups, we’ll work with the classical poses: shoulderstand, plough, fish, nose-to-knee and twist. Coming up through the boat, we’ll meet forward bend, backward bend, twist, before coming on to all fours for the cat and the dog. The dog has been our challenge pose for this half-term.
Meditation is about sitting in the heart and experiencing being embraced by the energy of love. Relaxation is the foot movement from Kaya Kriya.
Our classes recommence on September 15th for a 12 week term. I do hope you enjoy your summer reading! YOGA POSES QUESTIONS explores all the queries you may have had but in novel form. It’s a follow-on to HOME FROM OM, but stands happily alone. Enjoy some healthy reading!
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti

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Emotional energy

Emotions are energy in motion and, as such, are very relevant to our study this term.
We’ll begin our practice with Kapalabhati. It’s a great technique to both cleanse and energise the system.
Then we’ll stand for Salutation to the Sun. Let’s start slowly and build up. On to the balance sequence. It’s interesting to see if we can remain alive to the flow of energy as we focus on staying balanced.
Now for Salute to the Moon. These two principle sequences, the sun and the moon, exercise every muscle in the body. During the sun sequence we’ll meet the challenge pose for this half-term, downward-facing dog.
Coming back to the mat through the squat we’ll move to the half-camel pose and then the full camel. These glorious postures open the heart and the heart chakra, Anahata.
The counterpose after the camel is really useful for relieving blocked energy in the shoulders, and then we’ll move to the half-headstand, the pose of devotion, the child and finally the mermaid.
The meditation features the seed sounds and the relaxation will use the hand movement from Kaya Kriya.
This class should give us a fresh understanding of how emotional energy can be released to ensure our health and well-being.
Next week is the last class of this term.
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti

The human energy field

Let’s begin our practice standing for Malla Kriya. This is the whooshing breath which is so effective at ridding the body of excess carbon dioxide. Then we’ll move into a deep forward bend, padahastasana. Let’s try a wide-legged forward bend next, with all the variations. it’s always good to balance the forward bends with a backward bend. Let’s open the heart and the heart chakra.
Feeling the energy flow down into one foot, we’ll try a balance pose. Flowing energy has been a feature of this term’s classes. And then onto the mountain sequence with the arms shoulder-width distance apart.
Focusing on the movement of energy, we’ll move into the Salute to the Earth. We’re going to begin small and move more deeply as we progress. We’re almost just ‘marking it’ in the beginning.
It would be good to feel some twists with the body before we go down into the dog. It’s a novelty to approach our challenge pose from above!
Meditation will feature Sama Vritti Pranayama – the square breath and relaxation is a repeat of last’s week’s successful Kaya Kriya.
The last Thursday class of this term is July 13th. The last Friday class is July 14th. My up-an-coming book will be available on the last week of term!! YOGA POSES QUESTIONS hits the bookshelves! Look out for it…It’s the third and last in the ‘Yoga Prescribed’ trilogy, but stands quite happily on it’s own. All those yoga queries you’ve ever had, asked and answered, in a yoga novel format…
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti

Crossing the rainbow bridge

We’re going to continue our focus on the energies and we’ll begin with our three gentle movements – nose to knee, bridges, and gentle twist.
Coming to seated through the boat, we’ll proceed with swan-cat-dog. Now let’s focus solely on downward-facing dog, waling into it and out of it. We’ll use the dog to stand.
Let’s find our centre in mountain pose and tune into our energies. We’ll practise the tree balance and then continue into Salute to the Moon. This sequence is a wonderful way of balancing the energies and finding inner balance.
Let’s use the dog pose again to take us back to the mat where we’ll work with cool-downs.
Meditation is all about counting mantra. This is a new one to many: OM NAMO, GURU DEV NAMO. It calls upon the divine teacher within and without.
For the relaxation we’ll use the head movement from Kaya Kriya.
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti

Enquire, enquire, enquire

We’re continuing our work with Jnana Yoga, the path of knowledge.

This week we’re going to work with Pawanmuktasana 1, the anti-rheumatic group, Pawanmuktasana 2, the anti-gastric group, and Pawanmuktasana 3, the energy release group. These methodical exercises keep the joints, digestive system and energy body healthy. I like to work with these systems once every term so that you can learn them thoroughly and use them at home.

The meditation will be Sama Vritti Pranayama – the square breath, and the relaxation will use the head movement from Kaya Kriya.

Jnana Yoga teaches us to enquire, to strip away the layers until we find our truth. Krishnamurti said that ‘truth is a pathless land’…Jnana Sakti means the power of knowledge.

OM Shanti Shanti Shanti

 

A dogged look at downward-dog!

The special treat for the last class of the term is to have Savasana as our challenge pose! But then we’re going to spend some time with the faithful dog. Just like having a real dog who needs two good walks a day, the downward-dog pose encourages us to stretch our legs. It’s a pose that is, like dogs, beloved of some and disliked by others. I LOVE it!

Let’s start with cat stretch and breath. Then take a good long look at the dog. We’ll stretch out the hind legs and also practise ‘shake-a-leg’, looking just like a dog who has come in from the rain. Back to all fours and we’ll count the breath, checking that we’re using all three parts of the body evenly. (Mahat Pranayama.)

Now on to the ‘dog and lamp-post pose’!

Let’s spend some more time talking to our dog. We’ll be gentle and caring, working with the breath to encourage obedience from the hamstrings.

Using the dog as a transition pose, we’ll stand and call out the seed sounds: LAM, VAM, RAM, YAM, HAM, OM, SO-HAM. With the chakras well-balanced, we’ll work gently with swan – cat – dog sequence.

Let’s chant OM MANI PADME HUM for meditation. It means the jewel in the heart of the lotus, and we”ll set it to the jolly tune of ‘Head, shoulders, knees and toes’!

Relaxation will feature the top part of Kaya Kriya, where we gently move the head with the breath.

This is our last class this term and the last class of the yoga year. I look forward to seeing some of you at the annual retreat on July 22nd. It is also, very sadly, my last class on a Monday in Cosham. It is very hard to say goodbye to my Cosham family after 31 years, but night-driving has become too big an issue for my poorly left eye. I will always miss you all, but I know that I’m leaving you in Andy’s capable and loving hands.

Love, light and blessings,

Carole xxx

OM SHANTI SHANTI SHANTI