Mexican Yoga Intensive, Abhijata Iyengar

April 25, 2019, 4:15-6:15 p

– Adho Mukha Virasana supported by bolster all the way to the groins

– Malasana

– Adho Mukha Swastikasana – same as above

These three poses were intended to soften the groins from the morning session.

– Adho Mukha Svanasana

– Uttanasana

– Parsvottanasana – heel to heel to balance pelvis

– Sirsasana

Abhijata commented on how many students were complaining of neck problems. She said that often these are not problems of the neck but lack of freedom in the shoulders and proceeded to teach a sequence of shoulder openings:

– Tadasana – Urdhva Hastasana arms

– Supta Tadasana – arms overhead palms facing the ceiling and then palms on the floor; she offered a second variation of the palms on the floor with a blanket under the thoracic to help to get the palms closer to the floor

– Uttanasana – interlocked fingers taking the arms towards to floor; same pose but instead of palms together, we put a strap around the wrists slightly narrower than shoulder width- Tadasana – arms in Gomukasana

– Tadasana – keeping one arm straight and catching the upper arm with the other hand from the back – catching elbows with opposite hands

– Pashima Namaskar asana

– Anantasana for the armpit length

РBharadvajasana  1 and 2

– Padmasana with twist

– Adho Mukha Svanasana – there was so much emphasis on chest opening in that sequence

– Sirsasana

Abhijata commented on how the shoulder openings improved the headstand

– Adho Mukha Virasana

РSalamba Sarvangasana from Halasana for half the group; the other half did a supported Setu  Banda on three bricks moving the shoulders on to the floor to open chest; we then switched

– Pashimottanasana

– Savasana.

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