And the practice deepens

The great thing about doing a yoga workshop is that my practice tends to deepen a lot. A lot of times it’s like reading a book I’ve read thousands of times and finding something new.

This past weekend was just like that. It was the second weekend of the Anusara immersion I’ve been attending. We learned quite a bit about lower body anatomy, including a bit about what can go wonky in standing poses. The great part about this talk on anatomy is that during the talk we actually did some poses and felt the muscles and bones (and their effects) that were discussed. It also kept us moving during what could have been a soreness-inducing period.

Also covered was how to start and maintain a home practice, including how to sequence poses. Our homework assignment, of course, is to create a few sequences and try them. A home practice also affords the opportunity to take things learned in class and experiment with them in many different ways. Because face it, you don’t have the opportunity to experiment that much with pelvis tilt in triangle pose during class.

Finally, we covered setting the foundation of poses using, you got it, lower body anatomy.

If you’ve been going to yoga classes for a couple of years, I highly recommend trying a workshop on something that you would like to explore further (e.g. backbends or hip openers) and then work on it through a home practice. After all, it will probably be the only way I will ever get kapotasana (unless I want to go for an Astanga second series class).

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