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Yoga with Jason Nov 23, 2022

Yoga with Jason

"We choose to make it hard because we can observe pain and adversity with a calm and equanimous mind." -- Gigit

Location Google Map: Cebu City, Philippines
Type of Class: Pranayama Mash-up
Pranayama-focused class with asana being a mash-up of traditional yoga, HIIT, calisthenics, adhitthana, isometrics, and core strengthening...more on other classes offered

Teaching a Teacher
Jason is one of the strongest yoga teachers in Cebu. We had been doing yoga together since 2013, having Veer as our teacher and doing our teaching rounds with Cebu's yoga studios. It is flattering and validating that he would pay me to conduct a yoga class for him. I now have to develop an extreme sequence commensurate to his level without killing me first.

Yoga with Jason

An Extreme 90-Min Class
His aim was more on pranayama. But in order to maximize energy activation through pranayama, the asana must be intense enough to have an equitable carbon dioxide-oxygen exchange. I opted to design a mash-up (HIIT, ABS, calisthenics, Point-of-Failure, isometrics) of high-intensity sets interspersed with pranayama, kumbhaka, bandha, mudra and mental visualization. This is the kind of sequence I would do if I want to push my boundaries. I don't always push myself to my limits nowadays, but every once in a while, an occasion would call for it. This is one such.

Yoga with Jason

I Class Introduction

12:36 - 12:41 = 5 mins

This 90-min class will consist of full-body stretching, sun salutations to warm-up, followed by interspersing sets of asana/pranayama.

The asana will borrow on calisthenics to develop strength, muscle mass and definition. It will also borrow on HIIT to develop cardiovascular strength and endurance. This will fortify our physical heart. We also focus on core because core is a load-bearing structure and nearly the fulcrum for most energy transfers. We also do adhitthana holds to develop a strong mind.

An array of pranayama follows (Wim Hof, Bhastrika, Kapalabhati, Nadi Shodan).

Vipassana meditation follows to sharpen our minds, keeping it awake, alert and vigilant.

We chant OM to close the class.

Yoga with Jason

II Stretching

12:41 - 01:11 = 30 mins
  • Stretching
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    Basic stretching to neck, shoulders, chest, back, side bends, pelvic roll, thigh stretch, knee roll, calf stretch
  • III Surya Namaskar Burpee

    01:11 - 01:26 = 15 mins
  • Surya namaskar A & B
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    3 rounds of Surya Namaskar A, 3 rounds of Surya Namaskar B
  • IV Movement / Pranayama 01:00 pm

    01:26 - 02:20 = 54 mins
    1. Shadow Boxing / 4-Cavity Breathing (HIIT: 1 min / 5 mins)
    2. Lolasana w/ Bhastrika / Wim Hof (ABS: 1 min / 2 mins)
    3. Push up / Ujjayi (calisthenics: 1 min / 2 mins)
    4. Chair / Bhastrika (adhitthana: p.o.f / 1 min)
    5. Namaste press / Wim Hof (isometrics: 1 min / 1 min)
    6. Knee Taps / Kapalabhati (HIIT: 1 min / 1 min)
    7. Russian Twist / Wim Hof (ABS: 1 min / 1 min)
    8. Piston Squat / Ujjayi (calisthenics: 1 min / 2 mins)
    9. High plank / Bhastrika (adhitthana: p.o.f / 1 min)
    10. Namaste pulling / Wim Hof (isometrics: 1 min / 1 min)
    11. Butt kicks / Kapalabhati (HIIT: 1 min / 1 min)
    12. Leg raises / Wim Hof (ABS: 2 mins / 1 min)
    13. Handstand decline / Ujjayi (calisthenics: 1 min / 2 mins)
    14. Wall handstand / Bhastrika (adhitthana: p.o.f / 1 min)

    V Pranayama / Kumbhaka / Bandha

    02:20 - 02:25 = 5 mins
    1. Ujjayi Anuloma with breath-hold, bandha and OM chanting - 5 mins
    2. Sitkari - 3 mins
    3. Shitali - 3 mins

    VI Meditation

    02:25 - 02:41 = 16 mins

    Vipassana, gratitude

    VII OM chanting

    02:41 - 02:44 = 3 mins


    Ending Thoughts
    We were already going over 2-hours of hard-pushing. I had to skip some of the sets I've designed otherwise it would have taken us 3 hours. The power-surge from pranayama was such that I didn't even feel tired after the session. It was a good session where boundaries were pushed. I look forward to more such classes, but it's hard to find a student as strong and unwavering as Jason.

    --- Gigit (TheLoneRider)
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    Reader Comments:

    Jason RoblesJason Philippines
    (Nov 24, 2022) Indeed it was a powerful class. I had to do extra handstand and calisthenics practice in the evening until 11pm to exhaust my energy! It boosted my power! Thank you Git!!!

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