And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. ~ Desiderata by Max Ehrmann
Today I woke up at 6:15am because I was planning on leaving early just in case the roads were bad due to snow. But as you can see below, the main roads were totally fine! So I got there 40 minutes early. Which was fine by me because then I could grab a coffee on the way in and just relax and try and not do any more studying for the anatomy midterm!
Because Yoga Teacher Training class was cancelled yesterday, after we wrote our anatomy test at 9am (after we did a grounding class with a grounding chant, and some warm up exercises (like the Woodchopper – going HA! while moving your arms down in a chopping motion), and then a brief grounding yoga class starting with cat cow…and …some other stuff I now can’t remember!
Then we had the anatomy test for an hour (it only took me about 30 minutes to write the test, but I wasn’t the first person done!), and then a break, and then we came back and went through the last of our back bending asanas – first Upward Facing Dog, then Plank (or Chaturanga Dandasana) and the modification – forearm plank. And then Camel pose. One of the poses I was nervous about learning today, which we did first just being walked through it by the teacher, then she had us practice it against the wall for support. Oh, and then we did a final ‘back bend’ pose – which isn’t in our study manual yet but apparently we’ll get the page for cueing it later – Crocodile pose! I’m not sure what makes it a back bend, but it was awesome and really relaxing. For those who haven’t done crocodile, it’s basically lying on your stomach! With your head resting on you arms folded in front of you (and the 2nd variation is your head resting in your hands like you’re lying on your stomach watching TV or something).
Then we moved into supine poses. We did Wind Releasing and One Leg Wind Releasing, and also Revolved Belly pose. After that we did inversions (which I was a bit nervous about because I thought we were going to do Shoulderstand and Plow but we didn’t really). We started by teaching Bridge pose to each other, and then we just practiced shoulder stand – but using the wall to help us get into the pose for support purposes – I can’t do it the ‘normal’ way yet without the wall for support! However, it was discussed that Shoulderstand (and it’s cousin/a continuation of it – Plow pose) isn’t taught much in classes and there’s some debate about it’s safety apparently, so probably why it isn’t taught in many classes. We also didn’t do Plow because you shouldn’t do Plow until you’re really comfortable with Shoulderstand.
We talked about Flow and sequencing of classes -and how to transition from the different types of poses – standing to seated, seated to lying down, crouching to seated or standing, standing to lying down (supine or prone etc) and what flow/vinyasa (which means flow) is all about – embodied awareness.
The teacher mentioned an interesting sounding yoga book: Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha by Swami Satyananda Saraswati which talks about asana and pranayama and flow etc.
Also the teacher said something that stuck with me that i wrote down: yoga teaches us to be flexible in our bodies AND our minds!
At the end of the day we had a holiday party (which was our tea break but instead of at 3:30 we had it at the end of the day at 4:30 to 5:30) and we ended with a holiday circle where we went around and said an intention we wanted for the new year in one word (i said letting go. Letting go of things – of letting things get to me, of worrying about things so much etc). And we could share something we wanted to with the group – a song, a poem…whatever. One guy brought in his dog!
I read the poem Desiderata (see the quote above), and gave out bookmarks of the poem I made that I think everyone appreciated.
We’re making up some of yesterday’s missed class by coming in for 5 hours next Sunday.
Signing off from another YTT weekend (weekend 7!)