This 1 hr. 45 minute class for intermediate/advanced students concentrates on the foundational work of the interrelationships between the pelvis, hips and legs in forward extending asana. These deep forward extensions strengthen the abdomen and abdominal organs and build toward the strength required for arm balances, some of which will be taught in the next variation of this class.
This strengthening of the abdomen allows for the extension of the back body, not just the lengthening but also the widening and broadening of the back muscles. There is a rhythmic wave of extension lengthening the spine and heart forward toward the chin, skull and the brain– which eventually bows inward leading to mental quietness and detachment from the outside world. We can study our psychology in the asanas, objectifying the mental body, and then learn to study the nature of the psycho-spiritual effects of the asanas as well. When we can objectify our own mind and emotions, we don’t get as caught up in the ups and downs within or around us. It’s possible to observe the experience of the state of mind, and see and have the experience that there are ways to balance the fluctuating moods and go beyond them.
In class the teacher tailors the teaching to the students who are present. Though I do know many of you who are taking these classes, writing to me and showing up to the live online classes, these video classes are almost more theoretical in nature, based on the practical experiences of my practice. Please note there are easier versions of these forward extending classes already published on Patreon. Your safety is most important: please be sure to work progressively in your study, practice and learning. It is recommended to study and practice these first in order to develop proficiency in the intermediate stages and postures. Because this class involves deep forward extensions and some abdominal work, it is not safe or appropriate for pregnant students. Menstruating students could practice the level 1-3 version of this class or practice with most of this class, skipping any abdominal poses such as the upward forward extensions: Ubhaya Padangusthasana and Urdhva Mukha Paschimottanasana, closed twists such as Marichyasana III, and taking more support in the forward extensions in general to maintain softness in the abdomen. Menstrual alternatives are given for the inverted asana.
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