Namah Shivaya Gurave
I honor the essence of Being, The luminous Teacher within and without.
Who assumes the forms of Reality, Consciousness and Bliss.
Who is never absent and full of Peace.
Independent and free, and sparkles with a divine luster.
This is the invocation for Anusara. It is actually sung in a very sweet melody at the beginning of class.
This is also very different from Ashtanga in the sense that the Om is very soft and the invocation is very "light"
Last night was my first class in the Fundamental series forAnusara.
I really really enjoyed it. It is like learning yoga all over again. Applying new practices.
Be prepared to be annoyed by my ongoing "gushing" of happiness and ups and downs through this fundamentals course. I may bore you and annoy you. But I can't help it! :)
This practice seems to really "fit"
My chaturanga changed, my downdog has changed and I really enjoyed how deep we explored each posture.
We did some vinyasas, Utthita Trikonasana (Triangle), Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Triangle), Parasrita Padottanasana A (Wide-legged Forward Fold).
I really like this approach. I don’t know why, because in the past I was the Anti-slow going asana girl.
I was all about working up a sweat and forcing myself to accomplish a posture.
I used to hold the idea that if you weren’t sweating bullets then the class wasn’t beneficial. I had the wrong impression of yoga and of what I needed from this practice.
I believe the 2 obstacles I’ve been faced with; physical pain and a frustration with my asana practice; have brought me to Anusara for a reason.
I am opening up to it; finally feeling gratitude for my practice and letting the practice lead me and teach me.
It is joyful.
I got a call back from my Doctor.
They are ordering an X-Ray of my Lumbosacral Spine. Thank goodness!
The pain is very dull now; but I really want to figure out what the root cause is so I can work with it.
Tonight is Mysore practice. I am meeting up with my friend/yoga teacher tonight. After mysore we are going to grab something to eat. I am going to take it easy with mysore tonight. Not going far in my forward folds in order to avoid irritating my sciatic nerve. I am going to attempt the entire first series.
What are your plans this weekend?