3.08.2010

My Morning's Practice, For Your Pleasure.

Had a nice, long practice this morning. I started with a 20 minute meditation. It took quite a while for me to reach a point of focus, and even then, I had to settle for quiet resolve instead of nirvana, but I sat quietly and upright, breathing the whole time, which is enough most days. After my meditation, I decided to turn on some music, which is not something I've been doing much lately, but it was fun. I even decided to listen to some Nick Cave instead of the instrumental stuff that I usually prefer for my practice.

On the mat, I started with a few cat-cows, and a long adho mukha svanasana, bending the knees one at a time, lifting onto the toes, and generally loosening up. And then...

3 surya namaskara As
3 surya namaskara Bs
tadasana, eyes closed, hands in prayer position (10 breaths).

(note: the following asanas were held for 5 breaths each, unless otherwise specified.)

padangusthasana
padahastasana
uttanasana with hands clasped behind back (still working on those tight shoulders).

Vinyasa
warrior I
warrior II
extended side angle
vinyasa.

Warrior I
warrior II
trikonasana
ardha chandrasana (5 breaths with extended leg, 5 grabbing the foot for a backbend)
vinyasa.

Warrior I (3 breaths)
warrior II (3 breaths)
extended side angle
bound side angle
bound triangle
bird of paradise
vinyasa.

Garudasana
inhale to utthita hasta padangusthasana D with garudasana arms (1 breath)
exhale to warrior III with garudasana arms
inhale back to utthita hasta padangusthasana D (1 breath)
bring ankle of lifted leg right above the knee of standing leg, reaching arms up
exhale forward to ardha baddha padmottanasana variation (unbound, 3 breaths)
flying pigeon
vinyasa.

Parsvottanasana
parivritta trikonasana (getting better!)
utkatasana
vinyasa, jump through to the floor -- actually, I fumbled the first jump through badly, but decided to keep trying until I got one I was satisfied with before moving on. It took me four attempts.

Upavishta konasana
baddha konasana
janu sirsana
lift up, vinyasa, jump through.
marichyasana A, C (unbound), and D (unbound)
lift up, vinyasa, jump through.

Navasana, lift up (5 times)
vinyasa, jump through.

Bridge (8 breaths)
urdhva dhanurasana (3 times, 8 breaths each)
paschimottanasana (10 breaths)
vinyasa.

Plank
chaturanga dandasana
vinyasa.

Eka pada koundinyasana I
vinyasa.

Handstands by the wall (six jumps, made it up four times. The first time was quite nice.)
child's pose
vinyasa.

Headstand by the wall(2-3 minutes)
child's pose
vinyasa, jump through.

Savasana.

5 comments:

  1. Wow. This sounds like an amazing practice! I'm exhausted just reading it ;) but excited to give it a shot!

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  2. would you mind if i link to this post on my blog (thejoyofyoga.blogspot.com)? would be much obliged :)

    cheers,

    emma

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  3. Babs - Yeah, great heat in this standing sequence with the binds. I threw in the bird of paradise for a glory moment (every practice needs one, in my opinion).

    Emma - I wouldn't mind at all if you link to this post. Please do!

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  4. Its really very good collection of the poetry. thanks for sharing us...

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  5. Wow, thanks for this, it sounds like a really good practice, I will probably try it if that's ok :-)

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