Last night Ida taught her first class of the Core 40 series. She had to squeeze as much as possible into 60 minutes. Gladly the class was small and populated with friendly faces.
Upon entering, the owner of Puja (where the class was held) made a joke about being ready to do "a great ab workout. This is 40 minutes of core work, right?" He was making fun of the name of the series. Obviously, the name is meant to refer the the fundamental nature of the 40 postures in the series. But he certainly pointed out a weakness in the name. It does seem like it could be a class about the abs and core. I think we need to put some more thought into the clarity of the name.
After the class we were all discussing the series. "All the good parts of Bikram with none of the crap," was one comment. "The great postures and sequencing without the intense heat and a teacher yelling at you to push harder than you should."
It is exciting that there seems to be demand for this yoga. In the past few decades, the only place to get these postures and sequencing has been through Bikram's class which comes with a whole lot of other baggage.
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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