Saturday, February 23, 2008
The Intermediate Vinyasa class (some call it Power Yoga, but I refuse) on Saturdays is always interesting. It's always a different flow, with plenty of poses you know and a few you might not. We follow the basic format of Ashtanga yoga: Sun Salutations, standing poses, seated poses, backbending, inversions, and Savasana. Within that framework we might do just about anything, adding a seated twist in the middle of the standing pose flow (as we did today), luxuriating for minutes on end in Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Lateral Angle posture), or taking turns laughing as we fall out of some ridiculous balance pose Evan found on the Internet. We usually throw in an arm balance or two and try lots of variations you may not have seen before. Definitely a lighthearted practice, even if we are working hard. Sense of humor is a prerequisite for this class. Today we tried the fabled Mahamudra, part asana (pose) part pranayama (breath exercise). Where to they come up with this stuff?