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I know that I have not been posting blogs recently I do not want to write these days and I do exactly what I want and I do not write. If I try to write under these circumstances, I know that I will hurt myself and do something that my heart and my soul do not appreciate and thus, I will be unhappy. So, I go in line with yoga philosophy and I do not write until my mind and soul allow me.

Actually, I do like writing a lot. And, so many things happen in my daily life and classes. However, I do not know why but I want to turn inward and live and experience all these events by myself.

So, how have I started to write again? One of my students asked my why hadn’t I been writing for a long time and told me that she expected to see my new posts. When I was asked this question, I was ashamed. Believe me, I am doing a favor to myself when I am writing but I know that people are reading my posts and expecting the new ones. By not writing, I was not meeting their expectations and I was depriving them of my posts. What a big word it is! “Depriving them of my posts.” It is not such a big deal. I am just writing what is going on in my life and how I feel. That’s all!.

Yes, why have I re-started writing? When one of my students asked why I was not writing, the answer was simple. “Because, I do not want to write these days and I do not want to force myself and do something that I do not really want. When I do something by force, I do not think it will be useful to me. Neither to me nor to others.”

The answer of my student put me back to posting new blogs: “Teacher, you are like the moon. As how the moon reflects the light and the energy it gets from the sun to the earth at night, you should reflect the light and energy you get from your training programs, readings and experiences to us, i.e. to your students. I am not saying that you are not doing so, you are doing so. And always doing so particularly in your classes. However, in your blogs, you talk about some other things that you do not talk in the class when you do not have that much time. Your blogs are more detailed and deeper. Therefore, you should go on writing and should reflect the light and energy just “like the moon.”

This was one of the most inspiring comments I have ever heard. I was moved so much that I could not stop crying. That day, I decided again. I should be “like the moon.” I should read more, I should look into resources more, I should learn more and reflect what I learn to my students “like the moon.” I should be the light and energy. Thank you my dear student. I am so glad that you have walked into my life. I am so glad that I have got to know you. And I am so glad that you are in my life. There are a lot of things that I would learn from you. I bow in front of you with respect. Na’maste.

I really do not know why I am like this these days. Whether it is because I had read so much about it and my mind has accepted it or I am really affected by the new and full moon both emotionally and bodily. There was full moon a week ago. I had written about it in my previous posts. The new moon is a good time to make a beginning and the full moon is a good time to conclude your projects. Yoga master Pattabhi Jois’ Ashtanga Yoga is not practiced during the new and full moon. Why? Because yo may feel so exhausted and tired during the new moon but energetic in the full moon. In either way, you can get injured. (You may read more on this topic by clicking You may wonder why I have made such a long entry. I taught a class I had never done before last week with the influence of the full moon. I could not even believe what I did. Let me start from the very beginning.
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I had an evening class at the gym club last week. Even though I felt so tired that day, I felt myself so energetic once I stepped in the studio. I saw some students who had arrived early for the class.They were resting. Some of them were sitting in a cross-legged position while some of them were lying in “savasana” (deep relaxation and resting pose). I was feeling myself so energetic so I started a vinyasa flow including “adho mukha svanasana” (downward facing dog), “chaturanga dandasana” (low plank), “phalakasana” (plank). Before going to the class, I had planned a hip opener as the peak pose of the day. But when I felt myself so energetic, I decided to focus on core strengtheners, arm balancing poses and inversions.
We began the class in “savasana”. I told the students to relax in “savasana” becase we would focus on core strengtheners, arm balancing poses and inversions. “Before starting the flow, let you rest.” After a five-minute deep relaxation and resting pose, we began to work out the abdominal muscles by lying on our backs. First both legs were lifted up to 90 degrees and then the legs were lifted and lowered them. When we kept one of the legs at 90 degrees, we lowered the other until only a few inches were left to the ground. We placed the hands beside the heads and began crunches.
I decided to go on with the abdominal muscles later and asked the students to roll on their spines and sit in a cross-legged position. Now it was time for “kapalabhati pranayama” (a breathing technique). The inhales were passive but the exhales were active and this technique was working out core muscles. We did the pranayama for three times.
Following “pranayama”, we went on with “navasana” (boat) variations. Then we stood up and placed static “phalakasana” (plank), “chaturanga dandasana” (low plank), “ardha salamba sirsasana” (dolphin) and “chaturanga dandasana” on elbows in-between “surya namaskara” (sun salutation) series. “Vasisthasana” (Sage Vasistha pose/side plank) variations were the other core strengtheners.
After working out core muscles, it was time for arm balancing poses. “Bakasana” (crow), “parsva bakasana” (side plank) and “bhujapidasana” (arm balance pose) were among yogi’s choices. The class either tried all of them or picked the asana/asanas that suited them the most at that moment.
Next came inversions and again it was yogi’s choice. Students were free to choose among “sirsasana” (headstand), “sarvangasana” (shoulderstand), “pincha mayurasana” (peacock) and “adho mukha vrksasana” (handstand).
Some students tried inversions while some of them thought that they could not do any of them and started to watch other students’ trying. Every one should make best use of the class. So, I went beside them and said they could do some yin yoga poses like “butterfly”, “half butterfly” or “sleeping swan.”
After everybody had his/her own experience, I realized that the time was almost over. We had not worked on a peak pose in that class. We had not prepared the bodies to a certain pose and then did some neutralizing and counter poses. When I was thinking how to conclude the class, I found a good idea. I did not always have to prepare students for a peak pose and then end the class with neutralizing¬† and counter poses after the climax. That evening, I wanted to end the class just at its peak. Following three “surya namaskara” (sun salutation) series, we did some standing balance poses like “vrksasana” (tree), “virabhadrasana III” (warrior III), “urdhva prasarita eka padasana” (standing splits), “utthita hasta padangusthasana” (hand-to-the-toe pose) and “garudasana” (eagle). We tried not to touch the feet to the floor when flowing between the asanas. When the right side was completed, we neutralized the body in “tadasana” (mountain pose) and then came the left side. Right energy and left energy; right balance and left balance.
We squatted after “tadasana” and sat down after doing “malasana” (squat/garland pose). We rounded the spine in “paschimottanasana” (sitting forward bend) and “baddha konasana” (butterfly/bound angle pose). Afterwards we did “supta baddha konasana” (supine bound angle pose/butterfly). Now it was time for deep relaxation and resting. Those who wanted could go on resting in “supta baddha konasana” or they could prefer “savasana”. Some stayed in “supta baddha konasana” for some time and then rested in “savasana.”
After a long “savasana”, I brought the class to a sitting pose very slowly and without any rush. I asked them to observe what it was like to end the class just as the energy was high. I told them that the balance could change any day, the right and left energies and balance of the body could always differ, and what was important was to find the balance not only on yoga mat but also our daily lives and live a balanced life.
It was an interesting experience for me. I had never ended the class when the energy was high before that day. Actually it was so fine. I did not always have to slow down the energy, do a twist, calm down the nervous system and end the class with deep relaxation and resting pose. Sometimes we could end the class when the energy was at the peak point and in fact this was a very different feeling and experience. I always say: “We should always be ready for new developments and projects in life.” That evening was just like that.
I tried the same class in one of my private classes a few days later. I worked the core muscles in the first 40 minutes of the one-hour class. Then we strengthened the shoulder girdle and arms. Then came balancing poses but first the arm balancing poses including “bakasana”, “parsva bakasana”, “bhujapidasana”. Then inversions including “sirsasana” and “adho mukha vrksasana”.
The class was about to end. This time, I planned to end the class just when the energy was at its highest level. After five “surya namaskara” (sun salutation) series, we sat down from “malasana” and did “eka hasta bhujasana” (one hand arm balance) before “savasana.”
This class was a bit different than the evening class because we laid down in “savasana” when the energy was at its highest level and without calming down the body, mind and soul. Neither a forward bend nor a twist before “savasana”. Directly “savasana.” Therefore, I kept the deep relaxation and resting pose longer than usual.
During the closing meditation, I said that our lives were getting monotonous when we always did the same things like placing our mat to the same place in the studio or parking our car in the same place every day. They might seem simple but some time later they were making our lives monotonous. Actually neither our lives nor we were getting monotonous, what was monotonous was the mind. When yoga becomes a part of our lives, we start to observe how the mind masters us and how it could make us happy or unhappy and how it could make us ordinary or monotonous or make us live a very different and colorful life. We could sometimes do some changes in our daily lives and yoga practice in order not to become monotonous or ordinary but to keep our lives colorful and lively. This was what this class had taught me that evening.