MYF Workshop: Arm Balances & Inversions
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Who inspires me? I had a workshop with Dharma Mittra once in Ojai California and he blew me away, Whee! He taught me “Niralamba Sirsasana”, unsupported headstand.
Why Yoga? After 15 years of a sitting practice it was time for some Asana! Yoga was first created to support a sitting practice; open hips for lotus, and straight back/strong core, in order to sit for hours. Most poses we see today are from the Asian arts and British gymnastics and only a few hundred years old. I’ve been doing yoga for over 15 years, teaching for 12, I love it.
Secondly, when muscles, fascia and ligaments are fully stretched and open, more energy flows and life vibrates higher, awareness expands, spirits shine.
Lastly, more yoga=more balance in ones life. From the moment that we are born to the moment that we die, humans look for balance in their lives; it’s quite a practical use of our intentions. I love to be balanced and once a practice takes hold it self propels naturally.
My Favorite Pose? All poses change our prospective/perception but arm balance poses feel closest to flying, levitating, and lightness. Eka Pada Koundinyasana, one legged arm balance, is fairly common and accessible, but I love to get adventuress; like transition from Parsva Bakasana (side crow), into a temple variation of Sirsasana 2 (head stand) and return. Or, changing up the flow sequence entirely by moving from Warrior(s) into head stand (Sirsasana 2) and return - instead of the (Sun Salutations) Suryanamaskara A & B sequence, Whoo Hoo! I’m on my head, now I’m not!
Favorite Maine spot? Any fresh water spot is heaven after living 25 years in Los Angeles with no such blessing; it’s what I missed most. Hello Sebago!
What makes a good teacher? Less serious=more fun=more camaraderie/community/spirit. Lastly, one who has found their own voice but doesn’t use it too much, students need to hear their breath and feel a pose without over instructing, rushing or pushing beyond ones limits.