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Rajalaxmi - Seated leg work - 11th February 2020

Yesterday Abhi asked me how I remember so much of the class when I'm writing the blog. Now today my brain got stage fright and can't remember half of it! Actually this evening I feel that I'm getting a temperature, but don't have a thermometer so not sure. I'm not otherwise ill, so just ignoring it and hope it fizzles away into nothing, but perhaps my brain is not in top form.

The message went out today, that we were all invited to a free practice session this afternoon at 3pm, where a recording of a Geetaji class would be played for us to do together. However we had already fixed up for a friend of Ulpa's who is a massuese, to come to the apartment and give each of us a Thai massage and it was too late to cancel. This evening was seated poses with Rajalaxmi, where she also corrected some of my inaccuracies from yesterday's blog, see below.

Rajalaxmi – Intermediate 1 – 11th February 2020 – Seated leg work

Swastikasana and Invocation– When the teacher sits you see that they make this action to spread the buttock bones to the side and take them back and we learn to mimic this gesture, like a child learns by mimicking its mother. So make that adjustment where you can feel that you are sitting on the top of the thigh bones. Lift the pubic bone up, sides of the navel tall, use the hands to lift up the sternum bone and don’t roll the shoulders back, but widen the clavicles, it’s a different action.

AM Swastikasana

AMVirasana – Extend forward and press the shoulder bones into you to open the armpits – shoulder blades and shoulder bones are different, draw the shoulder bones into you and press them down to open the armpit.

AMSvanasana – Take the thigh bones back and feel the length of the lower abdomen there. Heels have to extend down.

Prasarita Paddottonasana – roll the inner groins back and spread the back thigh from inner to outer to go down, go down with that rolling action only “ROLL!” and take the head down.

Uttanasana – Hands to the top of the back thighs and lift up there to go down further.

Sirsasana – A few minutes straight pose. Then bring right leg down all the way and at last moment follow with left. Then go up by raising the left leg first and following with the right – Go down with left leg and follow with right - continue this sequence x 3. Sirsasana now bend the right leg and come down with right leg bent (akunchanasana) and left leg straight, then go back up and unfold the leg. Now go down with left leg bent and right leg straight and go up. Then bend both legs and go up with 2 bent legs.

3 different methods of uttanasana 1) Slanting uttanasana with feet apart and buttock bones on the wall and heels a little forward of the wall. Use your hands to lift the buttock bones up the wall so that you can descend the sides of the waist down. 2) At the grill. Reach hands back and catch the grill outside the window and then roll the buttocks bones forward and back repeatedly. 3) Back body to the