Yesterday, Ida taught the Core 40 at our home studio in Madison, Inner Fire Yoga. The class was for teachers and regular practitioners only, who also happen to be some of our closest friends. Basically it was to show the Core 40 sequence as a progression from Bikram's 26 - to share this knowledge and these postures we have been practicing for 8 months and that we learned firsthand from Tony Sanchez in December.
Doing the Core 40 class in my home studio, in the same room where I have practiced "the 26" hundreds of times, and where I have cleaned the floors and mirrors hundreds of times, was a beautiful experience. Ida was teaching the class, I was simply in the front trying to demonstrate the new postures as well as possible, but I felt like we were giving back to our community. We have something unique to offer, and we offer it gladly.
Those who took the class were excited by the new postures and the more advanced style of the teaching - less dialogue, more stillness, more advanced grips and alignments. It is a bit of a relief for all of us who love the more traditional style of hatha yoga, where each pose is separate from the next, interspersed with stillness. We have been aching for some new postures beyond the 26 and some more advanced instruction.
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