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After the 2hr ashtanga yoga class yesterday, we had brunch from 11am…the next class starts at 2pm and its Yoga Nidra for a whole hour! just bliss! Unfortunately tho, i always seem to zone out, sleep almost – and i can never remember everything that is said…as we are lying there motionless…the teacher gives us autosuggestions, we scan our body, he says things, i.e. count backwards from 54, etc etc…and i can always remember the beginning and the end but never the middle…kinda like the opposite of dreams….you never remember the start or end, but you remember the middle….well for me yoda nidra is the total opposite! After Yoga Nidra, we have a lecture on yoga phylosophy and go thru the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali and the Bhagavad Gita….these two text are very important in yogic and india phylosophy. And then lastly, we have a class on adjustments, and yesterday we started with tadasana….did you know there are as many asanas as there are animal species? 8,400,000! Not sure if all these species are still around today, but that’s a lot of asanas!!!! Dinner is amazing as always, and as always eaten in silence…i’m really loving india food now…i never liked it in London, but here it’s something else! It might have something to do with the fact that the guys who are preparing our dinner make us ayurvedic food…maybe that’s why it’s so yummy! 🙂 Last night we had our first meditation class by the ganga river….30mins of sitting in total darkness and in silence….i had to move my legs, tho i sat for the longest i’ve ever sat so far without moving! once i moved, that was it…i couldn’t stop….so my aim during this month are the following: 1. be able to meditation for the whole 30mins 2. sirsasana c and if possible scorpion 3. to balance properly on my feet without letting the weight land more on the outside of my foot 4. better ujjayi breathing I’ll come back to this list and see how well i did at the end of the month! After this morning’s 2hr ashtanga class i can definitely say that i am more aware of my body and my movements – my ribs stick out and i need to not let them do that! Need to push our chest up, heart up as Kamal says, but without letting the ribs stick out…perhaps i’m saying this now as it’s only my 2nd day, but doing 2hrs of ashtanga a day is really not that bad – or perhaps its because i was pretty much doing ashtanga 5-6 times a week in Milan anyway… We were given homework yesterday, so i need to do that before our next adjustment class – standing in tadasana for 10mins – but standing properly, as we went thru in class, pelvis tucked under, toward the feet, bellybutton up, ribs in, heart up, shoulders open & down, lengthening neck…equal weight on the feet, and imagine you have a block between your thigh & you are squeezing tightly…this is the correct way of standing in tadasana! This morning i woke up at 5.30am as we started early – well from now on we will always start early – 6.30am with Pranayama overlooking the ganga river…and boy was it cold! Man i was freezing this morning! We chanted a mantra, and talked about OM (AUM) it’s importance and how to say it correctly… before i go, i promised you photo’s…and here they are! for others or more check out: http://www.facebook.com/ctyoga Namaste! _/|\_
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