Rishikesh – Day 5

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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Christiane has been practicing yoga for over 10 years. Her yogic journey began in 2000 as a student of Swami Nirmal (now at the Satyananda Centre in London) at the Fitness First gym in Kensal Rise, London. She experienced various teachers in different Fitness Firsts in Central London and around Clapham Junction before changing gyms and meeting Alexa Kho at LA FItness in Piccadilly Circus, London. Christiane attended Alexa's Anusara classes as well as her workshops. In January 2011 she enrolls in a 200hr Vinyasa Flow Teacher Training course with Rebecca Ffrench at YogaLondon. Vinyasa Flow is a modern form of yoga that comes from Ashtanga Vinyasa Yoga and follows Sri K Pattabhi Jois. She quickly become passionate of this discipline and wants to deepen her knowledge; this brings her to meet and attend many workshops with Stewart Gilchrist, Shiva Rea, John Scott, Danny Paradise...all very famous teachers around the world. Being in the presence of such teachers is a significant experience for Christiane, in terms of her yogic journey, personal transformation and growth as well as understanding of yoga. After 11years in London, she moves to Milan to deepen and continue her journey. In Milan she teaches privately (1:1 and group classes) as well as in various yoga and dance centers. Milan is where her love for Ashtanga Vinyasa deepens and grows, bringing her to attend workshops with Lino Miele, Sharath Jois and most recently Kino MacGregor...all original students of Guruji, Sri K Pattabhi Jois. All of this culminates with a long awaited and long overdue trip to India, the birthplace of Yoga. Here Christiane deepens her practice and knowledge of Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga by doing a 200hr Ashtanga Vinyasa TTC with Yogi Kamal Singh at Tattvaa Yogashala in Rishikesh India. After the monthlong course, her travels take her around India practicing with various other world renown teachers, namely with Sri V. Sheshadri in Mysore and with Rolf and Marci Naujokat in Goa. In 2013 Christiane decides to embark on yet another yoga adventure, this time in Aerial Yoga! The course was divided into two weekends: level I in April and level II in June, after which she becomes a qualified Aerial Yoga teacher. Teacher and student of yoga, writer, adventurous soul, creative mind, curious world traveler & lover of the outdoors. Current HQ: Milan, Italy.
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