Yesterday I attended two classes. The morning class was a semi-private affair at a friend's house. Only five of us including the teacher. She led us through a pretty rigorous sequence of twists and headstands, so by the end of the practice my back and shoulders were completely worn out. I left feeling like I had a workout, but lacking that sense of calm and completeness that usually accompanies a yoga practice.
Then in the evening I attended Ida's class at Puja. Again it was a small affair, 5 of us. But it was late in the day and the energy level was much lower. After the warm up, she skipped the standing balancing postures and went straight to the therapeutic ones. We spent most of the class doing the Cobra Series, Fixed Firm Series, Stretching Series and Double Sided Series. At the end I was calm, centered, balanced. Feeling good.
This journal honors my ongoing experience with the practice, study and teaching of yoga.
1) Sridaiva Yoga: Good Intention But Imbalanced
2) Understanding Chair Posture
2) Why I Don't Use Sanskrit or Say Namaste
3) The Meaningless Drudgery of Physical Yoga
5) Beyond Bikram: Why This Is a Great Time For Ghosh Yoga