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Mar 21, 2015
Power Yoga Class at Yoga Inc., Singapore
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Thank you Ashly for giving me the opportunity to conduct this class....and thank you for allowing me to pursue my yoga practice at Yoga Inc.
Class Instruction Begins Here
About the Sequence
I LIGHT WARM UP STRETCHDownward Dog (Adho Mukha Svanasana)
Let's all find ourselves in Downward Dog, but be easy, we're starting cold here. Just acclimatize into the pose, maybe knees slightly bent, alternately pedaling the heels up and down, maybe the heels are still not touching the mat...that's ok. We'll sink slowly into the pose.
Relaxed Standing Forward Bend, Hanging
Let's slowly walk our fingers back towards our toes...and let's fold our arms into our elbows, upper body hinging from the hips. Knees could be slightly bent and we simply do nothing for now...just allowing gravity to its work us. As we stay here, feel the back of the legs loosening up, feel the lower back muscles letting go. Breathe! still mindful of the Bandhas....pulling up the perineal muscle and engaging our abdominals 2 inches below our navel.
II STANDING POSESStanding Sidebend (Indudalasana)
Inhale sweeping the arms up and continue reaching up while grounding your feet to the map, shoulders away from the ears. Feel the body pulled in 2 opposite directions. Create length...create space...breathe...and release. Right hand grabbing the left wrist, inhale lengthen, and on the exhale, bend to the right...left foot firmly on the mat, pushing the hips to the left and pulling the left hand to the right. Breathe. Come back to center. Other side.... Come back to Mountain Pose.
Tree Pose (Vrksasana)
hold for 5 breaths and transition to Hand to Big Toe without putting the foot down.
Hand to Big Toe Pose (Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana)
hold for 5 breaths then back to center, let go of the toes but keep the leg stretched forward. Without putting the leg down, transition into Warrior III
Warrior III (Virabhadrasana III)
hold for 5 breaths then bend the standing knee, thighs parallel to the mat and stretch the back leg towards the front - hold for 5 breaths. On the last inhale, straighten the bent knee and come back to Mountain Pose. Shake your legs and arms...decompress.
V CORESide Plank (Vasisthasana)
(Vinyasa until upper plank): put your full body weight on the left hand and roll to the side, right hand reaching up, keeping the body straight and linear. Look at your right hand and breathe. For those who want to challenge themselves, two index fingers on the right big toe, inhale lengthen, and straighten the leg on the exhale, fingers pulling the right big toe. Focus on the breath and engage the bandhas. Last exhale release, back into plank, full pushup, now let's do the other side. Release back into plank, lowering down into Chaturanga...Come back into Mountain Pose.
Boat Pose (Navasana)
Vinyasa until Downward Dog, jump through or step through your hands for a seated pose. Bend both your knees and grab behind the thighs, keeping the back straight. Inhale lengthen, and release the legs on the exhale, extending the arms forward, straightening the legs pointed 45 degrees to the corner of the ceiling. Breathe for 5 counts. Cross your legs supporting your body by putting your hands beside you, inhale lengthen, and lift on the exhale. Hold for a few breaths. And release, back into Boat. 3x. From crossed legs, see if you can snap your legs back into into plank.
Locust Pose (Salabhasana)
From plank, lower yourself down completely, extending your arms forward. Inhale lengthen, on the exhale, lift your chest, lift your arms, lift your knees and thigh. Breathe. Spread your wings like a jet plane, lifting your chest ever higher. Breathe. Back to Superman or Superwoman...lift...breathe...5...4...3...2...1....Child's Pose everyone. You did well. Finish off with a Vinyasa.
V BACKBENDSBridge Pose (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)
Let's go flat on our backs, bending our knees until the heels touch our gluts, feet hip width apart. Inhale and on the exhale, lift your pelvis and your chest high up to the ceiling, hands together behind your back, fingers interlaced, arms extended and breathe. Release and go into a Child's Pose.
Wheel Pose Push-Up (Urdva Dhanurasana)
Let's go back lying down again - knees bent like Bridge but we put our hands against the mat beside our ears. On the inhale, lift your pelvis and your upper body up, straighten your arms as much as you can and stay here for a few breaths. For those looking for a challenge, let us do Wheel Push-ups. Exhale lower down back flat on the mat, and on the inhale, lift! Higher! Higher!....5x.
Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana)
As a counter pose, go into a seated pose, inhale reach the arms up and keep reaching up, feeling that stretch, and on the exhale, bend forward, chest to the knee, top of the head reaching towards the toes, creating length and space. Breathe.
VI ARM BALANCING and INVERSIONSCrow Pose (Bakasana)
Find yourself in Downward Dog and move the feet closer to the hand and do the crow. Hold for 5 breaths.
Tripod Headstand (Sirsasana II)
From Crow, transition into Tripod Headstand without getting your feet down. Hold for 5 breaths.
Crow Pose (Bakasana)
From Tripod, transition back to Crow. Hold for 5 breaths and snap back into upper plank. Do a Vinyasa until Downward Dog.
From Downward Dog, move your feet slowly towards your head, keeping your knees straight, until you can't go forward anymore. Then slowly move your hips back to shift your body weight towards the back. You will reach a tipping point where the toes automatically lift up. Now you have balance. Bend your knees keeping it close to your chest. Now try to point your knees up the ceiling. Slowly straighten your legs and keep it pointed to the ceiling. Hold for 5 breaths.
To those looking for a challenge, join me in doing a Jackknife. Inhale lengthen, and on the exhale, slowly move the hips back as counter weight as you lower down your legs towards your front keeping them straight. See if you can hover your toes just above the mat without touching it. On the inhale, lift your legs back up to headstand while moving your hips forward to maintain balance. Let's compose ourselves here. You can gradually release and go into a Child's Pose. To those who can do more, let's do more. On the exhale lowering the legs down....5x. Childs Pose.
VII SPINAL TWISTSpinal Twist
Vinyasa until Downward Dog. Jump through your arms to go into a seated pose, Dandasana. Lie down on your back first, then on your right side. Take the top of the left foot behind the right knee, right hand pressing down on the left knee to the mat. Inhale lengthen, left arm towards the ceiling, and on the exhale, turn your left shoulder and your left arm towards the mat while right hand presses on the left knee. Feel the twist on the torso. Hold for 5 breaths. Back to center. Other side.
VIII SAVASANACorpse Pose (Savasana)
We now come to the tail-end of the session by lying face up on our mats, hands stretched to the sides, palms face-up, feet dangling to the sides for Corpse Pose. Stay here until the breath normalizes (stay here for 5 mins min). To awaken: Without opening your eyes, wriggle your toes and fingers, roll your eyeballs and focus on what your hear. Bring your senses back to life. Open your eyes, lie on your right side and stay there a few breaths. Let's all go back to a seated pose, legs crossed.
IX PRANAYAMAAlternate Nostril Breathing + Vacuum (Nadi Shodhan Pranayama)
While seated, keep the back straight, sit-bones squared. With the index and middle fingers of the right hand tucked-in, fully exhale, close the right nostril with the thumb and inhale through the left nostril. Pause. Close the left nostril with the pinky and the ring fingers, open the right nostril and exhale through the right nostril. Completely emptying the lungs. Close both nostrils and suck-in the belly and try to pull it up, creating a vacuum. Hold for 5 breaths. Gently release the belly first, open the right nostril and inhale. Close the right, open the left and exhale and do this side. Repeat for 5 times, finishing on the vacuum from the left exhale.
X OM MUDRA CHANTINGGyan Mudra Chant
Keep seated, legs crossed or in Lotus, hands on the knees, arms lightly stretched out, thumbs lightly touching the index fingers while the 3 other fingers are also lightly stretched out. Inhale, pause, and on the entire exhale, say OM (pronounced: AUM) until the lungs are empty. Pause. Inhale and repeat 3x.
Remaining seated, let's touch our palms together in front of our chest for Namaste Mudra. Look at everyone around the room and greet each other Namaste, honoring the light that resides in all of us. Namaste everyone. This ends our session.
Class Instruction Ends Here
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(Mar 16, 2015) awesome!
(Mar 16, 2015) so you are in Singapore pala!
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