SweatyYaya is a blog created to help Yoga St. Louis Intro students with building a home practice. SweatyYaya is a memorable mispronunciation of the Sanskrit word: svadhyaya. Svadhyaya is the practice of self-study and is one of the niyamas (observances) presented in the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.


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Friday, January 8, 2010

Thursday 6.30p Intro — Week 38 (December 10, 2009)

No new students.
Focus: Baddha Konasana and balancing the head to prevent dizziness and sinus pressure.

Discussion: What is Spiritual Yoga Practice?
[See Tuesday 6.30p Intro — Week 6 (December 8, 2009) for details]

1. Invocation in Swastikasana
a. [See Tuesday 6.30p Intro — Week 5 (December 1, 2009) and Tuesday 6.30p Intro — Week 6 (December 8, 2009) for details]

b. Balance the head by balancing the pressure in the ears. Relax the jaw and the skin around the ears to enlarge the ear hole. Head erect with trapezius descending results in less pressure in frontal face.

2. Upavistha Konasana

3. Baddha Konasana
a. With the back to the wall, sit on several blankets folded in half lengthwise high enough that the knees are not above the hip crests and they are supported by the blankets.

b. Narrow brick between the feet to open the groins. Sit higher if necessary.

c. Medium width brick between the feet to open the groins.

4. Rope Wall Uttanasana (5 min.)
a. With the buttocks at the Rope Wall, loop a long nylon belt around the lower rope hooks and the thighs to belt the upper thighs, just below the groins, tightly to the wall.; This provides space in the groins, and, thus, the abdominal organs, and makes the thighs recede posteriorly when extending forward, increasing range of motion. Head on bricks on chair seat. Stand on bricks if 5’-6” or less so belt is across upper thigh, not hip bones or waist.

b. Crown, or even back of head supported to prevent frontal sinus pressure.

c. Lower Wall Rope Uttanasana: variation

5. Sarvangasana Cycle
a. Salamba Sarvangasana

b. Ekapada Sarvangasana

c. Halasana

6. Savasana

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