Thursday nights are kind of a Yoga Marathon for me. I teach Advanced at South at 4:30, then Hatha at 6:00 and 7:30. It was a fun night. All evening I worked with theme of inner strength and the aspect of strength that builds the heroes' nature. Just as "vira" means heroic, the aspect of strength that is the strength of our true nature, or our inner strength is called "virya". Same root- vir, right?
Anyway,one of my very regular, dedicated students had asked to do more core strengthening work in classes. So I obliged the request with some abdominal toning exercise but also with a rap about inner strength, the most essential type of core strength. Hopefully, yoga is making us strong at the True Core, not just the midsection of the body. Also, technically, any of the muscles lying close to the core, closest to the bone, are the core muscles. So core strengthening is not just abdominal work but is about strengthening the intrinsic muscles of the body. Think about how many micro movements are working to keep us standing on one leg. All of that is strengthening core muscles. And hopefully, all of that is strengthening our resolve, our will, our connection to our deepest truth. Like that.
The advanced class was kind of a wild class with lots of strength building exercises and arm balances. The energy was high and, for the most part, people seemed to be having fun. (Although one person left early... are you okay, Venus???)
We reviewed some principles of headstand in the 6:00 class and several people got up in headstand for the first time which was a real thrill. Susan and Tabatha came to 4:30 for a warm up and finished the evening with the 6:00 class. I call this "double dipping", a term coined by my best friend and yoga friend, Laura Freshman, who I know from Arizona but who now lives in Denver.
We had a really small group at 7:30 who were super attentive, engaged and funny. We worked on shoulder principles, ustrasana and up dog. Jesse double-dipped, having already attended the 6:00 class and Anne, the Yoga Animal, was on her third dip, having practiced with the 4:30 and the 6:00 class.
I am off this weekend to teach in Bozeman, Montana. I love going up there. The scenery is stellar, the group I work with is tops and it is always a rejuvenating, clarifying place to be. Plus I looked at the weather and it is like high 70's in the day and mid 40's at night right now. So that will be a treat.
Enjoy your weekend, everyone.