Pingala – positive, solar energy

Pingala is the nerve channel or nadi which carries positive, solar energy. This week we’ll be exploring Pingala and the effect it has on us.
We’ll begin by paying attention to the breath at the point of the nostrils. After a while, we’ll focus on just the right nostril.
After the stretches, we’ll use some gentle movements to get in touch with our energies. Coming to sitting through the boat, we’ll proceed into the sitting twists. This week, we’ll repeat the twists to the right side.
Standing, we’ll move into a deep forward bend, and then continue on to the wide-legged forward bend. Here we meet the challenge pose for this half-term.
Now let’s explore a standing twist movement, but we’ll pause as we twist to the right. We’ll finish with one slow Salute to the Sun.
Squatting will bring us back down for cool-downs and meditation. We’ll begin with alternate nostril breathing and then move into a deeper awareness of the right nostril.
Relaxation focuses on the breath, too. We’ll breathe in strength and breathe out weakness.
If you have any big decisions to make this week, or if you have some practical tasks which needs strength, attack them this weekend! This class will serve you!
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti

Nadis

This term we’ll be looking at the nadis, the energy pathways. We’re beginning with a very gentle class. Let’s be aware, as we lie to relax, of the movement of air through the nostrils.
After our stretches, we’ll work with some gentle leg movements. Then on to the most gentle of twists. Now, let’s explore the bridge movement, combining it with the breath. Remain aware of the energy moving through the vital body.
Coming gently to standing, we’ll meet the integral yoga breathing exercises. The last one features a balance.
Still focusing on the energies, let’s try the swaying palm.
Then,like a rag-doll, we’ll hang from the waist. Always gentle, we’ll take ourselves through some forward bends and meet this term’s challenge pose. Then proceed into Salute to the Moon. This sequence is a wonderful study of the energy pathways.
Alternate nostril breathing will take us into meditation, and we’ll finish with a deep relaxation which concentrates on the breath.
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti

More on hatha yoga

We’re continuing to look at the classical paths of yoga. Hatha is the physical side of yoga and focuses on balancing the solar energy, HA, with the lunar energy, THA.

We’re working, in depth, on the Mountain Pose, Tadasana. From Mountain we’ll go into Malla Kriya, the whooshing breath. Let’s ‘whoosh away’ 2016! Then we’ll proceed with the more spiritual Tree of Life Breath. We’re going to explore a forward bend, using the breath to take us further, then the same with a backward bend. A twist will help to balance the two sides of the body, then we’ll be ready for the Tree balance.

Moving back to the mat through the squat, we’ll come on to all fours. In the cat stretch and breath we can add Ujjayi breathing. This will firmly focus the mind. And let’s continue with Swan – Cat – Dog, still using Ujjayi, the victorious breath.

After some different cool-downs, meditation will build on last week’s. HA on the in-breath, and THA on the out-breath. Relaxation will continue the focus on the breath. Anu Loma Viloma Kriya ensures that we are strongly aware of the two sides.

An important part of Hatha Yoga practice is cleansing the nadis or channels. PINGALA starts in the right nostril and represents solar energy – HA. IDA starts in the left nostril and represents lunar energy – THA.

OM Shanti Shanti Shanti

Our class this week. 4/1/2016

This week we will be all about breathing in the new and breathing out the old! We’ll begin with 3 resounding OMs.

Then attention on the breath for relaxation and a reading from ‘Peace of Mind’ by Thich Naht Hanh.

After the stretches and warm-ups, we will work with CAT stretch and breath. Followed by the sequence SWAN – CAT – DOG.

We’ll use the DOWNWARD DOG to take us to standing where we will perform some mindful breathing exercises.

Then we’ll work with a standing forward bend – PADAHASTASANA – a supported back bend, and several standing TWISTS.

Returning to the mat through the squat – UTKATASANA – then working with butterfly knees, rocking buddha and the challenge pose for this half-term, ARDHA PADMASANA.

After the cool-downs, shoulder rotations and neck moves, we will sit for the GAYATRI MANTRA. This is the mantra of all mantras – very powerful. It clears the nadis and takes us all to a positive place for the New Year.

Relaxation will take us back to breathing in the new and breathing out the old.

I’m so looking forward to our first class of 2016!