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I have been so busy recently due to yoga classes and yoga teacher training program. I have been reading new books for the teacher training program and preparing documents besides ongoing yoga classes I am teaching. Of course, I am not on my own in this program. A friend of mine who is a genuine “yogini” and I have started the program. Despite all her contributions, it is not so easy to get to the classes on time and prepare the training program and go on living your own personal daily life. That is why I had to stop posting blogs, which I did not appreciate.

I welcomed the new year in a seaside town away from the city I am living. This four-day retreat was really excellent for me. I really needed such a retreat, away from the city and I was desperately in need of having some spare time in the rural area. To be alone, to just stare at the sea, to drink something while staring at the sea, to take a stroll and to spend a few days without watching the time or without having a need to hurry. So once I returned home, I sat in front of the computer to write again.

I have experienced a great deal of things since I write the last blog. Not only reading resources on yoga but also reviewing the training programs I had attended before and making a synthesis of all of them made me a progress on this path. I realized that I have been focusing on only physical aspect of yoga in my classes for a long time. However, yoga is something that cannot be thought of without the spirit, soul and the mind. As I started to deepen on the path of yoga, I started to deepen in my own yoga group classes.

In the group classes, I aimed to end the previous year by leaving everything behind, the good and the bad before welcoming the new year. The past was just the past, nothing beneficial for us but taking a lot from us. Making us sorrowful and sad. Ego or the mind liked to feed from the past and pitty for itself. So, as we were leaving behind 2017, we should not bring any burdens from that year to the new year but solve everything and leave everything behind. We should purify ourselves bodily, mentally and spiritually and get cleaned up. In 2018, we should neither focus on the past nor the future as future was one of the best friends of the mind, by which it was feeding up itself. The future was unknown and the fear and worry caused by the unknown. What was need for sorrow or fear or worry? So what should we do? What kind of a path should we draw ourselves in 2018? We should just live the moment, stay in the moment, pay attention to the “right now”, understand what “now” means and experience just the “now.” How was the yoga classes shaped up with this aim? The aim was obvious: “Just to live the moment, to stay in the moment, to pay attention to the right now and understand what now means and experience just the now.” So, what type of a class should we perform to reach this aim? A class which gives priority to the breath and focuses on the coordination and harmony of the breath and the body. Thus, we could enable the unity and harmony of the body and soul. Surely, we should also add the mind to this couple. The mind should watch and follow the body and the breath but at the same time listen to what the instructor was saying instead of doing what it knows would come the next. We should do “vinyasa”s (flow) different from the flows the class was used to and confuse the mind. Thus, the mind would not do what it knows and walk on the path it knows but stay in the moment and do something by being totally aware not automatically. If you ask what was the most important decision we made for the new year… To stay in the moment, to live the moment, and to be totally aware, to work with full unity and harmony of the body, mind and soul even if it was hard in the daily life and even if we cannot do it in our daily lives,

 

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We had worked on and practiced two different types of classes during yoga teacher training program. One of them was a circular class and the other one was a class with a peak pose. After I had started teaching yoga, I preferred classes with a peak pose. I prepare the bodies and minds to the peak pose in the first half of the class and I neutralize, relieve and make the bodies rest in the second half of the class. Last week in one of the group classes, one of the students asked whether we could do something “mixed” that day, a class that included everything. At that moment, I remembered the circular-style class.

After the opening meditation, we warmed up the bodies with “surya namaskara” (sun salutation) series. Once the bodies were warmed up, we focused on standing asanas. We were refreshing the bodies with a “vinyasa” (flow) after each “asana” (pose) and then we were practicing another “asana.” Moreover, we were doing a “vinyasa” immediately after we did the right side in assymetrical poses. This way, the class was lika an “ashtanga yoga” class. But of course, I was not a professional at “ashtanga yoga” series but when I decided to teach a circular-style yoga, the class looked like an “ashtanga yoga” class.

We went on with forward bends and backbends. We were practicing two or three “asana”s from each asana group. Twists, core strengtheners and hip openers. One “asana” followed by a “vinyasa”… It was hot, the class was hot, the “agni” (element fire) in us was burning and maybe this was the first time that I had ever practiced such an active class like that with this group.

In the end came inversions. Since the class was cosmopolitan with the beginners and the advanced students, I asked the students to choose among “salamba sirsasana” (supported headstand), “salamba sarvangasana” (supported shoulderstand) and “adho mukha vrksasana” (handstand).

We ended the class with “savasana” (deep relaxation and resting pose). I was thinking just one thing at the end of the class. Why do I love and prefer classes with a peak pose? I guess I have found the answer. I do not like monotonous things. I do not like to know the next move and to act by knowing what is coming the next. I loved the unknown. “To live the moment”, “to stay in the moment”, “to be happy and peaceful without knowing what the next moment will bring but just to live that single moment.” I loved that. When we live by knowing the next step, the mind has already known everything and it moves before the body and the breath, i.e. the mind. Then we become people directed and steered by the mind. We become puppets. However, it is possible to live just the “moment” and be happy. And this is what I am trying to do.

Every yoga class is a different experience not only for students but also for me. Not only the students progress in every yoga class but also I learn new things. Particularly when I am practicing with groups to which I feel close and with which I have a good communication, I do not think about what comes the next but the class flows. What is important is our interaction.

It was such a class when I asked the students what they wanted to do that day. The students said they felt so tired that day and wanted a calm class in which they could stretch their bodies. I had always liked calm classes however that day I wanted something active and I did not know how I could handle a slow and calm class.

When the students were on all-fours in “marjaryasana-bitilasana” (cat-cow stretch), something came into my mind. We should work “pelvic tilt” that day. “Pelvic tilt” was the exercise in which we moved the pelvis front and back. In an exhale, we were tilting the pelvis posteriorly and in an inhale we were tilting the pelvis anteriorly. If we assume that we have a tail, we were hiding our tail in-between our legs and pushing the “iliac bones” forward when we exhale and showing off the tail at the back of our hips and pushing the “iliac bones” backward when we inhale.

We tried “pelvic tilt” in “tadasana” (mountain pose), “ardha uttanasana” (standing half forward bend), “adho mukha svanasana” (downward facing dog), “padangusthasana” (big toe pose) and on our back. All these “asana”s (poses) were added in-between “vinyasa”s (flow). During the flow, not only hamstring and gastrochnemius muscles stretched but also the back muscles and core muscles strengthened. After strengthening core muscles with “pelvic tilt”, we worked out “mula bandha” (root lock).

All these preparatory poses should be followed by a peak pose. We would stand in “ardha sirsasana” (half headstand) and do push-ups only with our legs, extending the legs to the ceiling in each inhale and descending them to the level of the abdomen in each exhale. Those who thought they could not do this pose would do the same thing in “salamba sarvangasana” (shoulderstand).

That day, we realized one thing. We were not aware of the power within ourselves. Even though we think that we engage our core muscles and pelvic floor muscles, we were not using them effectively. We thought that we were efficiently engaging these muscles, however we were so weakly engaging them. If we could use our inner power in the real sense, there was nothing that we could not do. Everybody was saying the same thing at the end of class: “I was thinking that I was using my pelvic floor muscles, however I was not. I just realized what it means to engage the pelvic floor muscles together with core muscles. Everything will be different from now on. I will be open to new experiences by using all my inner power”

I am aware that I am flying once the spring has come. One of Turkish poets once said, “this beautiful weather has messed me up. I am just as the poet said. I did not want to sit in front of the computer and post a blog. Instead, I wanted to go to the countryside, watch the blue sea and enjoy my time there. But surely, this laziness should end, shouldn’t it? Back to real life and back to my posts.

In my previous post, I had wrote that our bodies changed with the spring and told you about what type of yoga we should practice in springtime. This week, our classes were just how I wrote in my blog. In some classes, we only practiced “surya namaskara” (sun salutation) while in some “vinyasa” (flow) classes we focused on backbends and balancing poses. In some “yin” (feminine energy) yoga classes, we focused on liver meridian and tried to purify the liver, which has been affeceted by the cold and long winter.

In one of classes we focused on backbends, I witnessed the progress of some of the students. I have been practicing with the same group for about a year and that day, I decided to try “urdhva dhanurasana” (wheel) as the peak pose. “Urdhva dhanurasana” was one of the poses in which most students have difficulties. Even though how challenging it is, students want to try this “asana” (pose) from time to time and want to get used to it and deepen in the pose.

As usual, that day, we prepared the bodies for the pose by stretching the chest, shoulder girdle and hip flexor muscles. We tried the peak pose in three stages. In the first stage, we tried “setu bandhasana” (bridge pose), in the second trial we got into “setu bandhasana” and then we put the top of the head on the ground and placed the hands on both sides of the head. In the last stage, we tried the full “urdhva dhanurasana.” Some students stayed in the second stage whereas some asked for my assistance and got in the pose that way, In the meantime, I realized the progss in two students. Both of them did the “asana” on their own. One of them was thinking that her chest was closed and her chest was making “weird” noises in backbends. I asked the student to try the pose again. She did it again, rose on her arms, took another breath and opened her chest so widely. This was one of the happiest moments in my life. To see a student progress this much in time and to observe that she was doing a pose she thought she could never do. This was the greatest happiness.

The other student was also one of the students who found “urdhva dhanurasana” the most challenging pose. That day she rose on her arms and opened her chest up. Maybe she could not lift her chest as much as desired but she tried this pose with courage and made a progress. Determination was the most important thing if we wanted to make a progress.

Another student deeply affected me that day. I asked the students to get into “urdhva dhanurasana” from “camatkarasana” (wild thing pose). I realized that one of the students was so flexible and strong to do the transition however she was afraid. I stood by her to encourage her and told her that I could help her when trying. I just stood by her and encouraged. That student got into “urdhva dhanurasana” from “camatkarasana.”

That day, I realized that determination was the most important thing if we wanted to make a progress. We just need to be aware of the power within us and have confidence in ourselves. And of course, we should practice a lot. We should not give up but try and try. One of yoga masters, Pattabhi Jois says: “yoga is 99 percent practice and one percent theory.”

Anatolian people believe that three radiations of heat fall into the air, water and earth to herald the beginning of spring. The first radiation fell into the air last week. First into the air, then into the water and then the earth… In my previous post, I had written about the yoga classes I thought in the week when the radiation fell into the air and how we tried to prepare our bodies to changing weather conditions and the spring. The radiations herald the beginning of spring. And, we can prepare our bodies to the spring by practicing in line with these elements.

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The raditations would start falling into the air, heralding better and warm weather conditions. The first into the air on February 20, the second into the water on February 27 and the third into the earth on March 6 (March 5 in leap years).

We had worked on the element water in the first week. This week, it was time for the element water. Element water was related with being in the flow, action and movement. It was about change. Instead of resisting, to be with the flow and to move. But not a disgraceful move, but moving with grace. As if we are dancing. The flood was also a type of water but it was destructive. However, a brook was also a water but it was calm and serene. To be like a brook, not flood. To be calm and serene and move this way…

The element water was also related with the second chakra, i.e. the “swadisthana chakra” (sacral chakra). Flexibility, elasticity and female energy. Hip opening series… Creativity and to love ourselves. To love and get rid of all negative emotions that take shelter in this chakra.

Flow and action were important in a yoga class on the element water. Change was important. Therefore, we should practice a “vinyasa” (flow) class. To move, to sweat and feel the element water.

The peak pose would be “hamunanasana” (monkey pose). So, we got prepared for the peak pose by stretcting hip flexor, hamstring and groin muscles. After trying the peak pose, we neutralized and rested the bodies in “savasana” (deep relaxation and resting pose).

The element water was about change. As Heraclitus of Ephesus said, “you could not step twice in the same river. The river changes and so do you.” Isn’t yoga the same? Every moment is a new moment. And when a moment is being lived, it has already become “history.”

Inversions are poses that all students want to experience in yoga classes but that challenge them. To be upside down, to feel the blood flowing towards your brain, to feel as if you are flying and not to believe all this happening. These poses seem impossible at first. If you go on with yoga classes, you start to try these poses slowly. Step by step. One step forward in each trial. Like constructing a building, from the ground to the top.

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We would try an inversion in one of group classes last week. Inversions generally require a strong spine, a strong core and a strong posture. So, I prefer to begin with “sirsasana” (headstand), which is relatively an easier “asana” (pose). In my opinion, “pincha mayurasana” (forearm stand) and “adho mukha vrksasana” (handstand) are more advanced poses.

As usual, we prepared the body for “sirsasana” in the first half of class. We added “asana”s that strengthened the shoulder girdle and core muscles in-between “vinyasa”s (flow). It was time to try the peak pose.

My aim was to raise the body on top of the head by taking the control of all your body, not to get in the pose by jumping or throwing the legs to the wall. Therefore, we tried two different poses before the full pose. “Sirsasana II” (tripod headstand) and “ardha sirsasana” (half headstand) were these two poses. In these two poses, we kept the legs in the level of the abdomen and waited at that pose for at least five breath to strengthen the core and pelvic floor muscles. The aim was to get into full headstand by slowly and synchronously lifting both legs.

First, I asked the students to try on their own. Staying in half way in “sirsasana II” was relatively easier for student. Both arms and head were on the ground, which made the students feel more secure. The students who could get into this pose tried to lif their legs up immediately because they were used to it. I do not know why but we are living on result and outcome. Therefore, we do not attach any importance to the stages before the outcome. It also happened in the class. As we focused on standing on the top of our head, we did not get interested in what came before.

When I saw this, I asked the students to get out of the pose to remind the goal of that day’s class. “Our aim is not to get into the headstand. We have tried this pose for several times before and I know that you can do it well and stay in the pose for at least five breath. The aim of today’s class is to see that you hold the control of your body. To enjoy every step you take. Not to work for just the result or the outcome. Remember your math classes at high school. We used to get some points if we could not get the correct result but if our path was correct. Like math classes, the way you go, your path is important in yoga. To wait after each stage, to digest that stage and to go on building.”

Then, students tried both poses once more. After waiting in the second pose for five breath, I asked them to lift their legs simultaneously without losing the control. In the meantime, some students could not do the half headstand. I knew that they were physically capable of doing that pose, so I did not believe that they were not able to do the pose. They had strong shoulder girdle and pelvic floor and they could so easily do the “asana.” I believed they were not aware of their inner power. My inspiration was not enough. One of the students in class was interested in “life coaching” and I asked her to inspire the students, which was so effective. They realized their inner power and they got into full headstand after they stayed in half headstand. It was a real “flying”.

What did we learn from the class? There is an amazing inner power within us but we do not know how to use it. And second, we just live for the result and outcome. What about the path we take until we come to that result. The journey and the path we take step by step? To stop for a second after one step and go on after digesting that stage? Aren’t all these more important than the outcome?

One of the main questions I come across in my yoga classes is about how breath should be used in yoga. When we are flowing in yoga classes, we inhale as we open the chest and broaden ourselves and exhale as our chest is closed and as we narrow ourselves. Whe exhale as we bend forward but inhale as we open our spine up. We, the instructors, give breathing directives to students throughout the flows. However, we still face problems and questions about breath in yoga classes. So what should be done is to elaborate on this topic.

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One of the main problems I face in yoga classes about breath is to inhale and exhale through the nose. In almost all other physical activities, we exhale through the mouth but in yoga we prefer exhaling through the nose. Those who show up in yoga class for the first time might have problems in exhaling through the nose.

The second problem is faced during “vinyasa”s (flow). People who have been practicing yoga for a long time can extend and deepen their breath however the new students cannot deepen and prolong their breath so they are out of breath during the flow. We can face such problems mostly in gym clubs because new students always show up in the gym clubs as well as group classes. Most yoga studios solve this problem by teaching basic yoga classes, advanced or intermediate classes. However, there is not such a classification in gym clubs so there can always be new ones in a group of students who have been practicing for a long time. If we are teaching an intermediate or an advanced class, we may face problems in not only “asana”s (pose) but also “vinyasa”s and breath. Advanced students can take in and out deep breath and do one “asana” in each breath but the new students need to take more than one breath throughout one “asana.”

Maybe one of the most important problems about breath is holding breath. During a “vinyasa,” we — the instructors — give breathing directives and students practice in line with the directives. However, students tend to hold breath in any “asana” we add in-between “vinyasa”s or in poses which are hard and challenging for them. Particularly in backbends, arm balancing poses and inversions. When we hold our breath, our heart beat is quicker, adrenaline is released and we are not able to do that pose since the sympathetic nervous system is activated. However, if we do not hold breath and go on breathing as if we are sitting in a meditative position and if our heart beat is calmed down, the parasympathetic nervous system will be activated and we may have a chance to do that “challenging” pose. What we want to do in yoga is to always keep our breath calm and deep, slow down the brain waves, calm down the mind and thus activate the parasympathetic nervous system and be able to do the most challenging pose in a “calm and peaceful” way. Unfortunately, we cannot achieve this goal when we hold our breath.

We want to harmonize the body and breath in yoga flows. One breath for one “asana”. Exhale to “uttanasana” (standing forward bend) inhale to “ardha uttanasana” (standing half forward bend)… Exhale to “chaturanga dandasana” (low plank) inhale to “urdhva mukha svanasana” (upward facing dog) and exhale to “adho mukha svanasana” (downward facing dog)…

We practied “surya namaskara” (sun salutation) and a few “asana”s in-between the sun salutation series throughout a class. Just by watching the breath. First we tried inhaling and exhaling in three counts. We did each “asana” when inhaling in three counts and another when exhaling in three counts. Then we prolonged the breath to five counts. Some students felt difficulties in prolonging the breath to five counts at first but as the “surya namaskara” series continued, the breath prolonged and body and soul become more harmonized. Instead of acting separately, the body and soul tried to act together. And in the end, each “asana” was done in five breath counts. Each “asana” without being quickly done… Slowly and deeply…

One pose in each breath. One pose throughout one breath. When the exhale ends, the final shape of that pose as if each pose is that day’s peak pose. To prolong the pose throughout one inhale or exhale. Yoga was the harmony of the body, mind and soul. If “asana”s were the physical and bodily part of yoga, the breath was the spiritual part of yoga. When we harmonized body and breath, the only thing we should do is to make the mind watch and follow the body and breath. But the priority was always the harmony of the body and breath.

Some students often ask me questions about why there are warrior poses (virabhadrasana) and flows like warrior dance in yoga. How come there can be “warrior” poses, flows and dances in yoga which is a philosophy based on love and peace? Or the war in “Bhagavad Gita” (The Song of the Lord), one of the written documents in yoga? In fact all these wars are between the soul and the mind. And the entire fight in yoga is to bring the mind and soul back together.

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When I went to class last week, students said they wanted to do something different, particularly the “warrior dance” we had practiced long before. In our previous practice, we prepared the body with “yin yoga” (yoga in which we stay in each pose for at least three minutes and stretch not only the muscles but also deep connective tissues) and then performed the dance. This time we would try the dance after a “vinyasa” (flow) practice.

“Warrior dance” is a “yang” practice including balance, lunges and squats. After warming up the body with “surya namaskara” (sun salutation) series, we included “ashwa sanchalanasana” (high lunge), “anjaneyasana” (low lunge), “prasarita padottanasana” (wide-legged forward bend) and “water bug” in-between the “vinyasa”s and stretched the groin muscles and inner thighs. Before starting the attacks of the warrior, we stayed on one leg and tried to establish our balance on one leg. The pullbacks were like squats and so we get prepared for these pullbacks with “golden seed” flow of “yin yoga.”

Why war? Why warrior? An epic of yoga — “Bhagavad Gita” is about a war. Even if it is an epic and even if it seems that it is about a genuine war, “Bhagavad Gita” is about the war of mind and ego. The epic tells the story of a war between the families Pandava and Kaurava in B.C. 3102. When preparing for the dance, I remembered this epic and decided to explain the dance this way.

“Imagine a situation in which you have to make a decision but your heart i.e. your soul and mind talk differently. Your heart and mind are in a battle. They are in a clash. Which one will win? Or which one is telling the right thing?” “First stand on one leg robust and strong before attacking. Then get all your strength and start attacking. After three attacks, get back and look at what the enemy is doing If you decide to make your decision from heart, your enemy is the mind. Keep one eye at the back, the enemy. The enemy can make an attempt back any time. Then turn back on one leg again, stay in balance and watch the outcome.”

As Mahatma Gandhi defined, “Lord Krishna” represents the consciousness, “whipping the horses” represents taking the lust under control, the “chariot” represents the body, “Arjuna” the ego, “the tyres of the chairot” the time and “war” the life itself. Like these symbols of “Bhagavad Gita”, the “warrior dance” tells about the battle of the mind and soul. Will we make our decisions from heart or by our mind? Will we decide with our soul or mind? Will our “ego” or “consciousness” steer us or will we take action with our soul? The whole battle was just about this.

We are undertaking a lot of burden on us, aren’t we? And we do not know how much burden we are carrying. Responsibilities of our loved ones, the burden we put on our body when we are angry and cannot express it, the burden we put on ourselves when we are sad, all kind of moral and material burden on us… And when the responsibilities are over and sadness and problems go away, we think all the burden is gone. Is it really so?

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After I started teaching yoga, I am more careful about the bodies of the students. Most of the students were suffering from herniated discs in their neck and lower back. Some students had a thoracal curve more than usual curve. Some had problems in their hips. Leave aside some body injuries, almost all health problems result from emotional state of mind. Before I started yoga, I would laugh at this if somebody told me some stuff about emotional reasons of health problems. Moreover, I would burst into laughter and I could not stop until my eyes are filled with tears. Now I have realized how emotions affect our state of health.

When I went to one of my group yoga classes last week, students wanted an upper back focusing flow. As you may imagine, the weaker the upper back muscles, the more back pain we have. We would also stretch the chest when we focused on upper back muscles.

Standing erect is one of the most difficult things in life. Have you ever checked whether you are standing erect when you are standing on your feet? Imagine yourself in a long queue. Even if you stand erect for a few seconds, you will bend your knee and deteriorate your posture and spine, won’t you? Or think of yourself in front of a TV or computer. Are you sitting erect or have you rolled your shoulders in? When you are in front of the computer, are both of your legs touching the floor, have you lifted your head to look up the monitor, is your neck looking upward or is it level with the monitor? Just think.

After thinking all these things, imgine how you may feel when you try to keep your spine erect in an upper back-based yoga class. To stand erect in “tadasana” (mountain pose), to roll shoulders back, to keep the chest open, to keep the neck parallel to the floor… To keep the back straight and not to round the spine in “ardha uttanasana” (standing half forward bend)… In another “vinyasa” (flow), to extend the arms in the front just beside the ears, not to let the arms to fall down below the level of the ears, not to bring the shoulders and arms together when doing so, not to compress the neck in “ardha uttanasana.” In “dandasana”, to keep the arms beside the ears and to keep the distance between the ears and the shoulders… After waiting for some time there, not to round the spine… If the spine wants to get rounded, to resist. To keep going keeping the arms beside the ears in “dandasana”, to tuck the tailbone out and bend forward without rounding the spine. How much you bend forward is not important. What is important to keep the spine erect when you bend forward and to bend forward to that level, not more. To do the same flow in “upavistha konasana” (seated angle pose).

To observe the students when they try all these poses. To see which one of them is rounding the “thoracal” (upper back) area and could not extend the body to the front from the “sternum” (chest bone). To think of the reasons and to talk about the burden we are carrying at the end of the class. Responsibilities and burden. Take a deep breath and imagine that you leave the burden out of your lives when exhaling. Everything begins with imagination. When I was in high school, there was a picture on the wall. On the picture was the photograph of scientist Albert Einstein with his quote: “Imagination is more important than knowledge.” As long as we imgine and want, nothing is impossible.

Sometimes we do not live a life exactly as we imagine. We want one thing but that thing does not happen. And we get sad as that thing does not happen. Maybe it is for our benefit that it does not happen but we want that thing to happen. I know that I sound like a riddle. Let me begin from the outset.

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When I went to one of my private yoga classes last week, the hall we were practicing was full. So we had to practice in another place that was cooler with a high ceiling where your voice echoed a lot. As that was our first class after a week-long vacation, the student’s body was tenser than ever. I was thinking of what type of a flow I should teach that day. And as our usual hall was full and we would practice in a cooler place, I decided on a flow class. I would warm up the body and focus on balancing poses. When I told this to the student, she said she also wanted to practice balancing poses and she was about to tell me that. What a coincidence!

Following opening meditation, we began balancing poses on all-fours. We warmed up the body with “surya namaskara” (sun salutation) flows and added new balancing poses in-between “vinyasa”s (flow). One knee bent, leg up, one leg up extended forward, one leg extended backward. After such warm-up poses, we practiced “vrksasana” (tree pose), “garudasana” (eagle pose), “eka pada utkatasana” (one-legged chair), “virabhadrasana III” (warrior III), “ardha chandrasana” (half moon pose). And a few more balancing poses. The peak pose of the class was “vasisthasana”… One hand extended to the leg and grabbing the big toe.

A few forward bends and twists after the peak pose… Then came “savasana” (deep relaxation and resting pose).

The student was thinking the same with me at the end of the class. Everything happens for a reason. If we had been in the hall we always practiced, balancing poses would not have been that easy. That hall was carpet-covered. The poses on our knees, hip openers and forward bends were easier to practice there. However, it was not so easy to practice balancing poses in that hall because one could not get grounded well and establish balance. The floor of the hall we were practicing that day was made of wooden. When we were practicing balancing poses, we were standing on the wooden ground. So, it was easier to do the balancing poses that day. Everything happens for a reason. Sometimes we were not happy with what happened to us and we got sorry because what we wanted and planned did not happen. Actually, we should accept everything as it was and let us go with the flow. Then life would be easier, wouldn’t it?