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Day 2 Rajalaxmi Standing Poses

A combination of jet lag and a ridiculously late night last night, meant that I awoke with my alarm clock feeling a sense of nauseating grogginess that stayed with me for most of the day. Practice in the morning and then a reluctant trip to Dorabjees to get the ingredients we would need to provide our cook Sushila with, if we want to eat healthily while we're here. It's not possible to buy things like brown rice or almond milk locally, but just about anything can be got from Dorabjees, a fume-filled, chaotic rickshaw ride across town. With our pollution masks on, we looked more like we were going to rob a bank than go shopping!

All stocked up now though on lots of healthy organic goodies. Jenny decided to forgo class in favour of a restorative practice at the apartment, but I decided to brave class even though I was feeling pretty horrendous. It was once again Rajalaxmi (sequence below) who tends to be a little easier than the other teachers, so a nice gentle easing in before the women's class tomorrow. I've absolutely no idea who is going to take it, but have fingers crossed for Abhi. I felt a million times better after class and strongly suspect I'll be back on track tomorrow, jet lag wise.

Tuesday 2nd January Rajalaxmi 6-7.30pm

  • Swastikasana invocation

  • AMVirasana AMSvanasana

  • Go to platform with hands raised do hybrid between half uttanasana and AMSvanasana. We used this method to increase the opening of the frontal armpit and the length of the side trunk by moving pelvic heads and thighs backwards. She demonstrated on someone how they were pushing the ribcage down but leaving the shoulders untouched. She took a rope to their bottom ribs so that it was impossible for them to collapse there and then made them work very hard to press the shoulders downward.

  • Repeat platform AMS resisting the bottom ribs upward and pressing the shoulders only downward. Alternating with AMS on the mat with bricks under the palms.

  • Uttanasana –Tadasana- Urdhva Hastasana- Reach arms out to sides and coil back armpit forward, resisting bottom rib backward – Urdhva Hastasana maintaining the action – Urdhva Namaskarasana

  • AMS jump to UTT - Urdhva Hastasana – Tadasana

  • Jumping UH – Utkat – Uttan – AMS – UMS- Chaturanga Dandasana – UMS – AMS – Uttan- UH – Tadasana X 3

  • Parsva Utthita Hasta Padasana turn arm so that palm faces towards back leg so that when you go into Trikonasana (brick for hand) you maintain 1) Length of side waist 2) Shoulder rotating backwards 3) Right shoulder blade pressing forwards to keep right breast forwards and not disappearing back into the armpit. As we were going down:

  • Each individual rib should get an extension as you go down”

“Ribs refuse to go down as you go down”

“Ribs into you as you go down”

“Armpit move forward, shoulder move back”.

  • Vira 2 Keep left thigh resisting backward so that pelvis faces forward and dig in the left hip socket to bend the knee. Showed on student how you have to make that indent in the left hip by taking left thigh back and then sucking right left hip in and then bending the leg from that indent.

  • Parsvak Same instructions as above in Vira 2 then down into parsvak, turning the palm backward to keep the shoulder rolling away from the neck and shoulder blade pressed forward to keep the bottom armpit chest from disappearing. We were told not to take that head back – this instruction is meant for beginners and we were overdoing – head should stay in line with the bent leg knee. Brick behind and brick in front to move back ribs to the front ribs.