Radical Shifts

First, the obvious:  Damn Good Yoga has a new look!  The old red and black thing wasn't working for me anymore, too fiery.  I'm feeling much cooler, much calmer, much more mineral, if that makes sense, so I've tried to reflect that in the design.  If you're reading from a feed reader or mobile device, be sure to stop by the site and check out the new and improved look.

Next, I know I recently wrote about how I've outgrown writing about my practice in terms of asana, BUT... I had such a nurturing practice yesterday that I'd like to make a note of it here.  I had already decided yesterday that I wouldn't have time for a full practice before my class in the evening since I used some of the afternoon for an upper body workout I do once in a while, but at the last minute I felt strongly compelled to roll out my mat.

I had no plans, no idea with what to fill the 75 minutes I had, I just knew that I needed to practice.  So I simply stood at the top of the mat and breathed, waiting for the practice to reveal itself.  This is what developed:
  1. Surya Namaskara A 4x: Simple Sun Salutations, the first of which heavily broken into it's components.
  2. Eka Pada Adho Muka Svanasana:  Down Dog Splits, warming the hips and core while gloriously opening the hamstrings and inner thighs.
  3. Crescent Lunge:  Basic high lunge, warming the legs, lifting the heart, and grounding through the pelvis.
  4. Parsvottanasana:  My hamstrings asked for this one very articulately and politely.  How could I refuse?
  5. Urdhva Prasarita Ekapadasana:  Bonus for the hammies, still working those glutes and piriformis.
  6. Crescent lunge with chest opener:  Lowered back down to the lunge, interlaced fingers behind back and opened the chest.
  7. Virabhadrasana III:  With hands still interlaced behind my back, sending the heart forward while reaching back through the extended heel.
  8. Ardha Chandrasana:  Revolved open from Warrior III.  My hip popped in the most delightful way.
  9. Virabhadrasana II:  Floated to Warrior II from Half Moon and stayed for a good, long while.
  10. Trikonasana:  Powerful extension of the side waists.
  11. Prasarita Padottanasana:  Sweet release.
  12. Salamba Sirsasana:  Tripod headstand, first with legs wide, then legs together.
  13. Bakasana:  From the headstand, brought the knees onto the upper arms and lifted for a bit of upper body strength.
  14. Back through Prasarita Padottanasana
  15. Parsvakonasana:  Made sure to take an extra-wide stance and look for that edge.
  16. Vinyasa
  17. Utkasana:  Subtle refinements, looking for that perfect placement of the pelvis.
  18. Parivrtta Utkatasana:  Strong twist, sitting ever deeper.
  19. Parivrtta Parsvakonasana:  Moving deeper into the twist, beginning to feel an opening in the outer hip.
  20. Eka Pada Rajakapotasana I:  Total surrender for 5 minutes, breathing through the sensations, waiting to release the pose until I felt completely honest with myself about my intentions.
  21. Parivrtta Eka Pada Rajakapotasana I:  From the folded version, took it a step further and twisted toward the front leg with hands in prayer position.  This is intense and I'm only up for it once in a while.  Yesterday, it was powerful and perfect.
  22. Agnistambhasana:  Feeling the fire in my hips.
  23. Ardha Matsyendrasana:  Deep counter-twist.
  24. Vinyasa
  25. Ustrasana:  Went into this without any further backbending preparation.  The little events throughout my body rang clear and I could feel the hip flexors reluctantly release.
  26. Virasana:  Upright variation.  Two minute hold.  Butt resting on a dictionary between my heels.
  27. Paschimottanasana:  Two minutes, slowly working deeper with every breath.
  28. Viparita Karani:  Sacrum elevated, arms fully extended to the sides.  Eyes covered.  I stayed for about 8 minutes.  If I'd had the time, I would have stayed all afternoon.


  1. Recently I've been doing a home practice (almost) every day and am only now starting to go with the flow sometimes, rather than following a sequence prescribed by someone else. It's helping me to learn new things about my body and I feel that it's more meditative as I don't have to keep stopping to check the next pose.

    The new look is really beautiful and calm, right down to the text colours.

  2. I just wanted to let you know I really love following your blog!

    Blessed Be

  3. love the new look! much more peaceful but still very powerful... just like how I love my practice.

  4. Brigid - For me, home practice, the kind that just flows from within, is the real, nourishing, sustaining practice. Classes and assigned sequences are simply tools for developing one's capacity to look within.

    Samaya, Suzanne, and Liveloveyoga - Thanks, I'm so glad you like it. :)

  5. Ooooh, love the new look. A blog makeover is almost like a real-life makeover, isn't it?! :) Lovely - awesome manifestation of the transformation. I wish there was a "blog then and now" function where we could post pictures of all our previous blog looks to see how we've evolved...

  6. La Gitane - I've had the same thought about wanting to see the old and new side by side, but then again it's good to be forced to let it go. I had a good time fixing it up and the new look is giving me a disproportionate sense of satisfaction.

  7. beautiful! love the look, love the sequence