I am creating these "Yoga Extras" blog posts for those of you resonating with the public yoga classes & Yoga Teacher Trainings I am leading. Inside of these blog posts you will find extra resources that support our weekly class theme. The weekly classes I guide are themed according to the season & collective energetic "weather"--This is of course influenced by many things; for instance, not only national and global events but how masses of people are feeling about and reacting to those events. It is also influenced by space weather (see spaceweather.com) & the current movement/placement of celestial bodies ie: the sun, moon, planets, nodes, stars, etc. You can find me teaching currently at Black Swan Yoga (North-Anderson) in Austin, TX. I am on the schedule as "Erika K." Mention this webpage for a free class.
Physical Focus (Peak Pose): Archer Dolphin is back by popular demand! In preparation we will focus on opening, multi-dimensionally, the shoulders; we will strengthen as well as open the upper back; lengthen the hamstrings, calves, hip flexors aka the psoas, side bodies, etc. As per usual this is a full body practice with the above focus. We will prepare for more strenuous, challenging shapes such as the above variation on Dolphin with a grounding, slower paced flow so as (psoas! ha!) to a. conserve our energy for the more firey poses and b. practice the habit of creating and maintaining a regulated nervous system (especially when faced with a challenge). Think: on and off of the mat.
Philosophical: LEAVE BEHIND & RETURN
In honor of the approaching ECLIPSE SEASON, we will practice, like the word "eclipse" suggests, leaving behind those habitual, conditioned ways of thinking, as well as stories & behaviors that separate us from the original wisdom we each carried within us as our child selves.
Click here for this week's Playlist titled: "Leave Behind & Return"
Hey! Fall fun. Meet me at Casa de Luz in two weeks. This is happening and it's gonna be fun. See pic and details below
I looove our reading this week (see below). So much so that I want to share with you one of my very favorite books. It's a daily reader (365 entries for the entire year) written by the brilliant brilliant poetic being, Mark Nepo. If you don't know of him, I believe you'll want to. He wrote these 365 pieces during a serious cancer scare, so they come from the most honest pocket of his heart. Perhaps you or a loved one would like to pick up from Half Priced Books (support our local peeps!) a copy as a gift this holiday season. It makes every day that you read an entry a real gift. 🎁
Yours in our real gifts,