In this series, we’ll roll gently into four weeks of finding the skeletal path from the foot on up for effortlessly lifting the head–and we’ll soften the ribcage and shoulders into oscillating jelly on the way up. (Really!)
The studio at #2, 5781 Charles Street (Creative Crossing) has an open house next weekend. You’re welcome to attend!
Saturday June 4:
Intro to Ashtanga, 10-11
Yin Yoga, 11:15-12
Sunday June 5:
Ashtanga for everyone, 10:00-11:30
This lesson is a further exploration of the ideas we started with Skewering the spine in the chest.
I almost don’t want to post it–I made several mistakes in teaching it. I’ll list them here, and you can adapt around as well as possible while listening to a recording!
1) I talk about the flexing and extending of your right ankle “shifting your whole right side.” This is the wrong image. It’s still a lesson of “skewering the spine”, but from one foot. (It gives quite a different idea to think of shifting one side up, rather than thinking of shifting the whole torso, the spine–but just from the one foot.)
2) When you have your arm overhead, you should spend some time continuing the movement, and looking towards your hand as you push up from your heel so that your knuckles advance on the floor.
3) When you’re face down, also do the movement with your arm long overhead, so that the push from your toes advances your arm–and look up towards your hand as you lengthen it.
The latter two points will start to connect in some relationship to turning your head, which should help set the stage for the upcoming step of taking your head under the bridge.
I’m writing to tell you about my June series–same time, new place.
The series will run June 8-29, with four linked classes that will develop a powerful theme of leading action from the core. The time stays the same–Wednesdays 7:30-8:30 pm.It’s $40 for the four classes. Link to PayPal is here: or if you’re a regular, email me to reserve and you can pay at the first class.
Now for the new space: Creative Crossing, Agricola & Charles St., just behind Local Source Market. Jody Manley of Ashtanga Yoga Halifax (http://www.ashtangayogahalifax.com/) is expanding into this space with renovations taking place as I write. You enter by the door at 5781 Charles (to the right of Local Source). The space is on the main floor, down the hall and on the left. I’m excited about the space–it will be a stable home for classes, and Jody’s own yoga classes are famous, so if you haven’t managed to fit into her yoga shed in years past, you’ll now have the chance to try her teaching as well.
There’s lots of free on-street parking, and I believe you will be able to show up by 7, pick up a quick bite to eat at Local Source, and enjoy it in the sociable lobby space of Creative Crossing before class.
There’s an open house class on Sunday, June 5, 12 – 1:15. (Also with Jody and other teachers–I don’t have the full schedule, but I’ll let you know when I do.) You’re also welcome to attend the open house class.
Two days after the 2011 Canadian federal election, we have a deep exploration of the dynamics of tilting and looking left and right.
Somehow I missed the obvious point that looking right drives your knees left, and looking left drives your knees back right. All those liberals who voted conservative at the last minute, driven by the rise of the NDP.