Friday, April 23, 2010
The Five Elements
What's been on my mind teaching this week?
Answer: The five elements!
Earth: stability (great place to start any practice)
Water: emotion and feeling (drops us into the feminine receptive space)
Fire: transformation and digestion (what are you growing? transforming?)
Air: listening (to breath, this breath)
Space: expanding into witnessing consciousness (observe what is happening, become less reactive, more aware)
Try this theme using the elements and apply to the following postures at your own pace.
Siddhasana - meditation seat
Siddhasana - side bend *(pg. 54)
Extended Balasana - child's pose with arms reaching forward, then to the r/l
Gomukasana Prep for legs - continue into Aparighasana legs + reaching under the bed arms
Kapalabhati in Horse/straddle pose
Prasarita Padottanasana E (pg. 99)
Virabhdrasana 2 - into reverse warrior into Utthita Parsakonasana (pg. 43) - repeat
Prasaritta Padottasana in between
Plank, side plank variation, up dog, down dog, lift one leg, open hip, lunge
Twisting chair, uttanasana, caturanga, up dog, down dog, flip dog, and end with warrior 1
Eka pada galavasana - arm balance variation like eagle
Sirsansa prep or full head stand
Ardha Maystendrasana - full bind
Abdominal work to center
Bridge with neck movement
Mysore style ending...enjoy!
*Pages in Art of Sequencing book: www.melinameza.com