Saturday, December 20, 2014

Busy week with Belly down Backbends

I haven't written much this week.  Mostly,  I've been busy setting up my auxilliary study over at Mom and Dad's house.  Jeff and I have both a meditation/ pranayama room  and a yoga  room so there is not a separate study.  We both have work stations in our giant open floor plan living room and I have a little desk in the  meditation pranayama room but it is a small antique writing desk and not really set up for  computer and  something to read/ write work from  on  the side of the computer which is what I do a lot of.

Also, Texas Tall Chair projects  can be rather noisy and it is particularly difficult for me to read when tall chair construction is  going on.   Anyway,  I was explaining all this to mom and ada  a couple of  Mondays ago at taco night,  Dad  had the brilliant  idea of  setting up a study for me in their extra room.  So  I spent most of  Tuesday consolidating their  extra room stuff  into the extra room and bedroom closet.  Then  Christina and Kelly helped me decorate the office.   It is really more of  a reading room which is what I wanted.   Wednesday and Thursday, I moved my philosophy books over. There's still a bit more to do, but I'm going to spend a a couple  hours reading over there this afternoon!



 The green reading chair that used to belong to Gia.
 Antique mirror and sewing machine that will serve as desk.
 Corner cabinet and chest for storage. 
 Milo helping me get situated




 Celebrating a job well done. 


Yes, Milo is  wearing his cone of shame. He has allergies!  That's also taken up a good bit of time this week.





We have also begun a massive home reorganization as well. Here's our new dining room configuration. We moved the dining room table over from the center of the room and  folded down one of the leaves. This way we now  have room for  a  breakfast bar/ bar  as well.





I also have had a great time working with the belly down backbends in  Light on Yoga.  It is really fascinating looking at the order  of  them.  and what one gains in the  shalabasana makarsana work that makes the chaturanga group more effective.

   Here's what I taught Friday



Vajrasana calf mashing
Supta  pad  leg bent to chest and out to armpit
Supta pad  sacrum on block
Supta pad
AMS
Shoulder work
Salabasana
Bent leg salabasana
Makarasana
Dhanurasana
Parsva D
Chaturanga
Bhujanghasana
UMS
AMS UMS on Chair
AMS
Sirsasana  
Sarvangasana 
Savasana 

I'll probably teach something like this  today, though I don't think we'll get through all of them, probably just the salabasana group. 



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Backbends this morning and what I actually taught.

What  I planned to teach. 

AMVira
Parsva AMVira
AMS
Calf mashing
Foot mashing
LOY virasana cycle
Tadasana and shoulder work
AMS
Sirsasana (prep)
Sirsasana
Chaturanga  (LeAnn teaching)
Bhujangasana (LeAnn Teaching)
Makarasana
Salabasana
Dhanurasana
Parsva D
Bhekasana
AMS
Ustrasana
Chair  Dwi Pada various stages
Chair Twists
Supported Halasana
sarvangasana
Savasana


what I actually taught.

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AMVira
Parsva AMVira
AMS
Calf mashing
AMS
AMS  Partner work.
Tadasana and shoulder work  (strap on bottom Gomukasana wrist, pull up)
Sirsasana (prep)
Sirsasana
Bhujangasana (LeAnn Teaching)
Chaturanga  (LeAnn teaching)
Chaturanga   Anne Teaching 
Bhujangasana  Anne Teaching
Dhanurasana bent leg prep
Dhanurasana
Chatush
Urdhva  D
AMVrka
VK
Savasana
sarvangasana
Savasana

Monday, December 15, 2014

Home from Houston and Homework for Laurie

Jeff and I got  back from  Houston around 7:00. We ate some of the excellent lasagna that Jeff's mom made and spent a couple hours  cleaning/ organizing things around the house.  It was so nice to walk into a sparkling kitchen this morning! 

I've got a busy day of yoga (doing and teaching) and Pilates and writing a bit here and there.

Here's  the  Sutra  study for  today. 


3.49/ 3.48
tato mano-javitvam vikaraṇa-bhāvaḥ pradhāna-jayaś ca

By mastery over the senses of perception, the yogi’s speed of body, senses and mind matches that of the soul, independent of the primary causes of nature. Unaided by consciousness, he subdues the first principle of nature (mahat). (I)
As a result of this comes speed like the speed of mind,  activity independent of the bodily sense, and mastery over primordial matter (B).


word stuff
tataḥ-  from that
manaḥ- of the mind

javitvam-quickness
vikaraṇa- without intsturments
bhāvaḥ- existence
pradhāna- primordial matter
jayaḥ- victory
ca- and


Here's the start on my nervous system Homework for Laurie.


  • Describe the function of the nervous system
The  function of the nervous system is
1.     maintain homeostasis in the body with electrical stimulus,
2.     provide for sensation,
3.     carry out higher mental function and  emotional response
4.     Activate muscles and glands. 

Sunday, December 14, 2014

A quick trip to Houston Post Lessons from Pune

I had a lovely time teaching Lessons from Pune.  Though I was a bit disappointed in the turn out in one way, in another way, it is really hard to be disappointed when such wonderful students appear before you.  Thanks to Mary, Patty, Allison, Charlie, and Susan for sharing part or all of your Saturday with me.

I particularly liked Saturday afternoon because I really shifted away from my plan and taught a lot of the baddha konasana prop intensive work that I learned from Jenn K and from Anjali and Gulnaz and I would not have done that if there had been more  people.  Here are Mary and Patty receiving the Lessons from Pune.






Right after that,  Jeff, Milo and I got in the car and headed down to Houston. Jeff's parents have arranged an extended family photo  shoot.  His mom  made amazing veggie gumbo last night and Milo and I had a beautiful evening walk and looked a Christmas lights  in all the pretty houses along South and North streets.  I'm  heading out to Joyce's class in a few  minutes, then the Joint and the photo shoot is at  2.   We'll head back to Austin sometime this evening. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A little bit of everything. Lotus, kurmasana and some neck and shoulder work

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So Here’s the plan for  Friday. 

I need to work on my second Laurie Homework assignment which is a second padmasana sequence.   I have some continued Kurmasana requests. One student  and my own neck/back that feels a bit stressed from all the Kurmasana work, and the fact that we are doing arm balances and twists in  Advanced Practice, so I want to get at least some Backbending and shoulder opening work  in.    

So  here’s my attempt to combine all that. 


 My second Laurie Teaching Homework assignment is to write a   Padmasana sequence  with mostly forward bends and  twists.

Here are poses from  each syllabus that I think are  padmasana prep  in the  twist or  forward bend domain. 

Intro  1 

Dandasana
M1
B1
Siddhasana
Virasana
TMEP
Malasana
Sukasana


Intro  2 

Bharadvajasana 2 
BK
UVK
Ardha Matsyendrasana
M1
JS
Paschimo
Supta 1 and 2
Malasana
Supta virasana


Junior  1 

Ardha Baddha padma paschimo
MM
Ardha Matsyendrasana
Lolasana
Eka Hasta Bhujasana
Malasana
Gomukasana

Junior  2

Padmasana
Tolasana
Ardha Baddha  padmottasana
Ardha  Matsyendrasana
Supta  3 
Malasana 2



Here’s  a  sequence I’m  going to teach  Friday  that  aims at padmasana and then looks at how  padmasana informs Kurmasana   and  has some more balancing shoulder and chest actions than my previous Kurmasana sequences have  had. 



Siddasana
AMVira
Parsva Amvira
AMVira
AMS
Utt
Tadasana  shoulder  work
AMS
Malasana
AMS
Virasana- LOY cycle
Gomukasana
Lolasana
B1  b1.5   B2
Dandasana
JS
Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimo
BK
UVK
Intermediate course padmasana prep work
Padmasana
Tolasana
Dandasana
Kurmasana
Purvottasana
Sirsasana
Chair Dwi Pada
Sarvangasana
Savasana

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

A very good day in the writing world.

 

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life, and it is the main obstacle between you and a shitty first draft. I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won't have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren't even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they're doing it.”  Anne Lamott, Bird by Bird

 She really cracks me up  every time. 


Okay,  I've got  a  6700 word draft of  the 8000 word paper.  It has a beginning, a middle, and and end.   There is a big section in the middle that I still need to write and there are  other sections that need  development,  but  I was really surprised.  When I put what I'd done for the  conference version together with what I had already done for the longer version,  things  fell very nicely into place. 

It is a good  feeling to have  a  shitty first draft   particularly with  three whole months to make it beautiful.  

Feeling stuck and getting over it

I've  been feeling a bit  stuck  writing wise lately.  I finished up a  3000 word version of  this new Theaetetus paper and I need to dive back into  writing the full version, but  have not made much progress in the doing of the work this week other than writing a plan of  action for doing so.

I've been working a lot on kurmasana this week  and  it  is a good metaphor for getting over the stuckness.  I have that same resistance to diving into kurmasana, but  I wrote  several sequences that  take apart the pose, practiced them and taught them  and  I've made some progress in the pose.

So too the writing. I just need to break the process into component parts, reading,  taking notes, drafting ideas,  writing sentences and paragraphs here and there  and it will come.

Yesterday, I spent a couple hours in the doctor's office waiting with Dad while Mom had a skin cancer procedure done and I got a lot of my Laurie homework done  and  that  focused work on almost getting something completely done,  also helped with the stuck feeling.   I feel ready to work. 

My first day of  school  post sabbatical is  five weeks from tomorrow.   Plenty of  time to get a lot  done  including setting up an auxilliary study/reading room  in the spare room of mom and dad's house!

So I've got the morning to write, workout and practice a bit,  a dentist appointment to asses the color of my crown, then we are going down to San Marcos to practice backbends.

Here's the sutra study for today

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3.48/ 3.47
grahaṇa-svarūpāsmitānvayārthavattva-saṁyamād indriya-jayaḥ

Through samyama upon the purpose of the conjunction of the process of knowing, the ego, and nature, there is mastery over the senses. (I)
By the performance of samyama on the process of knowing, on the essence [the sense organs], on ego, on the constitution [of the gunas], and on the purpose [of the gunas] comes control over the senses. (B)




grahaṇa-  the process of  obtaining knowledge
svarūpa- the essence
asmitā- the ego

anvaya-inherent quality, constitution
arthavattva- purposefulness
saṁyamāt- by samayama on
indriya- the senses
jayāh- victory, control