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On this final day of the online intensive with Abhijata, we began the practice with Pranayama - both seated and supine. Abhijata introduced Pranayama as a practice of sensitivity. Then we practiced several poses, each one with support as Abhijata encouraged us to recognize props as tools to help us realize yoga as a way of life.
On the fifth day of this online intensive, Abhijata showed us that we can effect the breath by different ways of working the body. With Urdhva Hastasana, we practiced several variations - classic, palms forward and Garudasana Arms and we noticed where the breath moved in the body depending on how we used our arms. We followed this pattern as we practiced the standing poses. She emphasized that where the breath moves the mind moves. When we practiced Uttanasana and Urdhva Hastasana in the middle of the class we were made aware that we could not move the body quickly and the breath slowly or vice versa.
On the third day of this weeklong online intensive, Abhijata Iyengar encouraged us to soften and in particular to soften our groins. For the first half of this class, we belted our pelvis and legs together; placing a belt on the pelvis, the shins, the thighs and the ankles and Abhijata welcomed the use of 6 belts on the legs, if available. We also placed a 4-fold cotton pune blanket in between our upper thighs to further emphasize the softening of the groins. During this class, Abhijata encouraged us to make our yoga practice comfortable because so much of our world right now is uncomfortable. We ended the session in Svastikasana supported with the back at the wall with the practice of Ujjayi III pranayama.
This was the first day of practice during Abhijata Iyengar's 7 day Online Yoga Intensive, The Power of Unity.
From BKS Iyengar's Book, Yoga: The Path to Holisitc Health, There are minor viral infections of the mucous membranes that line the upper respiratory tract, including the nose and throat. The most common symptoms are nasal obstruction and discharge, sinusitis, sore throat, sneezing, coughting and headaches.
From BKS Iyengar's, book Iyengar Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health, "The Immune System is the defense mechanism of the body and protects us from disease. Its main agent is the blood, a fluid consisting of plasma and red and white corpuscles of blood cells. It is the white corpuscles that inhibit the invasion of the bloodstream by microorganisms. There are two types of immunity: natural and acquired. Yoga strengthens both, and regular practice of the recommended asanas can help to counter the disorders that affect them."
This Sunday Morning session challenges you with two hours of Inversions and Backbends including Vrksikasana and Urdhva Dhanurasana followed by one hour of Restorative and Pranayama with an introduction to Anuloma Pranayama and Nadi Shodana Pranayama. All Lois' classes are taught in the Iyengar Tradition and the Advanced Classes are appropriate for students with several years study in Iyengar Yoga. Listen to and Download this class in our Download Store Here.
This is a restorative sequence. You will need 3-5 blankets, a chair and a strap. A bolster is also useful if available.
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