The sun will come out, tomorrow….Yoga before the sea and the big blue sky

Yesterday morning dawned rainy and grey.  Around these parts, precipitation is a present, a gift.  The chill in the air was invigorating, and the light reflecting on the wet cobblestones a portend of danger, for they are slippery when wet.

Sophie and Laurence and I warmed up with a white tea before class, then ventured upstairs to el Cielo, which means “Heaven” in Spanish, for yoga class.

There was a chill in the room, so we doubled up the yoga mats, and distributed nice, warm, hot pink wool blankets.   When we reached the floor phase of the practice, I noticed that the chill was starting to bite.  Feeling protective of my students, I hoped and prayed for some warming rays.

As we began to practice dvipada-pitâm (“the two-legged table pose”), the sun burst through!  Suddenly our little greenhouse of a room warmed up!  Joy!  We finished the sequence with Dolphins and headstand prep…energies were moved, smiles dawned upon faces and yet again, yoga worked its magic.

Thanks to everyone who came to class, it is a honour and privilege to be allowed to teach even a little bit of this ancient system.  Thanks to all the yogis and sages who kept this oral tradition alive for us to employ now, in 2018.  Thanks to my teachers, Claude and Carmen, for dedicating your lives to teaching teachers.  Namasté.


Yoga: can we stick with it? podemos aguantar?

In my class this morning, I had three beginners and one lady who’s been practising for 6 years. You can imagine that there is a bit of a difference there. The longer we practise yoga, the longer our respiratory cycle becomes, meaning that movements co-ordinated with the breath begin to take longer. If our exhalation is short and choppy, we can quite happily let an arm drop back down with a flop. However, as we gain control of the diaphragm and the ujjayi breath, we learn to exhale slowly and with great control. This naturally leads us to lower said arm slowly and with control. Extend this to the whole practice and you notice not only a qualitative difference but a quantitative difference in the frequency and duration of dynamic and static postures.

Her comment at the end: in group classes people always come and go, perhaps staying 6 months, perhaps 3. She feels she can’t advance because she always ends up with beginners again. She wonders why we can’t stick with our yoga? Comments?

En mi clases de ésta mañana, habían tres principiantes y una señora que ya lleva 6 años practicando. Existe una diferencia importante entre ella y las nuevas. Más tiempo practicamos, más se alarga nuestro ciclo respiratorio. Eso significa que cualquier movimiento coordinado con la respiración se alarga. Si nuestra exhalación es corta y brusca, nos va bien dejar caer un brazo con poco control ú atención. No obstante, en cuanto que tomamos control de la diafragma y entramos en contacto con la respiración ujjayi, aprendemos exhalar lentamente y con mucho control. Así comenzamos a controlar los movimientos del cuerpo, permitiéndonos bajar tal brazo suavemente y con mucho control. Al extender el principio a toda la práctica, destacan diferencias cualitativas y cuantitativas relacionadas con la duración de las posturas dinámicas y estáticas.

Su comento? En clases grupales siempre hay mucho va-y-viene. La gente permanezca 3 meses, 6 meses, y luego dejan las clases. Siente que no puede avanzar porque está siempre con principiantes. Se pregunta porque no aguantamos con nuestro yoga? Comentarios?