We’ve learnt a lot about discipline – tapas. From the routine of the practice to the choices we make about our diet, we find that tapas influences everything. The real purpose of walking the way of yoga is to find the answers to your questions -who am I?
Lots on the knees this week! We’ll start with cat stretch and breath. Let’s count 1/2 as we fill the abdomen, 3/4 as we fill the ribs, 5/6 as we fill the chest. After resting in swan we’ll add ujjayi breath to the movement. Now we’ll add a leg movement to the cat which helps to increase the stretch through the back. Skipping cat follows, a great movement to increase the suppleness of the spine, and then we’ll wag our tails!
All of those cat movements will prepare us for some serious work on the downward facing dog. Let’s work with bending one knee and giving the backs of the legs a wonderful stretch. Then we’ll give the legs a jolly good shake – one at a time, of course! Now holding the dog pose will feel glorious – stretch right from the tips of the fingers to the tips of the toes!
Swan – cat – dog sequence will take us into a meditative place, and we’ll finish with child and mermaid, if we have time.
Meditation is our challenge of the half-term. How are we doing? Counting back from 200 and returning to 200 each time our minds stray is an exercise in discipline (tapas) and an exercise in self-discovery.
Relaxation features the eternal mantra – the sound of OM.
Next week is our Christmas class! Do wear red and green won’t you? We’re going to have fun…It’s the last class of our year and we’ll return on January 12th for a 12 week term. I’ve simplified the class fees – £6 per week for those who pay for the term, £8 a week for those who pay weekly.
OM Shanti Shanti Shanti