Sunday, April 6, 2008

Workin' on the Weekend

What has four thumbs and sees enough bending and schweating to last a lifetime each  and every weekend? These guys (K & E). And as Spring really begins to...well...spring, it's only getting bendier and schweatier. 

At Saturday 1230, we tried several versions of Eka Pada Kapotasana (One-leg Pigeon pose) including standing, twisted, "flying" (Eka Pada Galavasana), and Raja, king. We're freeing the hips of the Quad Cities, two-at-a-time. The hip sockets well-greased, we then had a good laugh considering the leg behind the head. The request lines are always open, and so our arm balance adventure for the week was Koundinyasana I. What's that, dedicated reader? Didn't we already do that one? Ah, you're good, but that was Koundinyasana II. How silly of you. This one also has the legs splayed, but with a twist, the lower leg across the body. Most find this one a bit easier. Again, there is definitely some strength involved here, but a good deal of the pose is having the confidence and patience to play with it until you find the balance point. Following the standing you-call-it-you-do-it rule, Brian was kind enough to demonstrate. His kung-fu is very good.

We usually get in a Salamba Sarvangasana, Supported Shoulderstand, and spend a few moments admiring our toes. Just look at those babies!!

Saturday afternoon kicked of another 6-week session of Intro to Ashtanga at Indigo with ten. Pretty good, I'd say. It's taking over!! These ashtangis-in-training tested the waters with Surya Namaskar A and B, a few standing poses, some seated stuff, and a few blessed moments without the ego, who always seems to be crabby.

They've still got the storm windows on at the Davenport School of Yoga - just ask anybody at Sunday's Ashtanga class. With twelve students and two instructors with no shortage of hot air, the internal heat of this yoga quickly became external. And we love it. Pattabhi Jois, the guru of Ashtanga, has said that "even iron will bend if you get it hot enough." Of course, he has also said that the seven arm balances of the third Ashtanga series - one of which is done three different times and the other six of which each have a left and right side (that's fifteen arm balances in a row - with vinyasas in between) - "make a little difficult." It's possible he's not entirely reliable. 

But I digress.

Sunday saw more work on the backbending of the Intermediate Series, which includes Ustrasana and Laghu Vajrasana (pictured). That's ustra - camel and laghu - little/vajra - thunderbolt: Camel posture and Little Thunderbolt posture. Pretty wicked, eh? Don't worry, Palmer College of Chiropractic is right up the street...

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