Monday, December 15, 2008

Immersion weekend #7

Wow, what a weekend!

I was so tired when the weekend started from travelling and from the journey over to The Woodlands that I was a little worried about how the weekend would go. But when we started the asana class everyone was so focused and attentive that my energy came right back. People knew the answers to my "quiz in motion" shouting out the three parts of muscular energy, the three aspect of Inner Spiral, Outer Spiral that I was totally inspired by how much they have learned.

On Saturday we worked toward some more advanced arm balances like eka pada koundinyasana and visvamitrasana and Sunday we went deeper into back bends than ever before- from ustrasana to urdva danurasana to dwi pada viparita dandasana to headstand dropovers to scorpion work with the chair. I mean really, it was a pretty impressive showing. Not one person has not improved in their practice and understanding. I love that about Immersions. To me, Immersions are kind of an ideal teaching scenario. They have the focus and intensity of a workshop format but they have long term relationship and progression that ongoing public classes have. Very cool.

Today I slept in, did my morning practices, luxuriated in sweet cup of chai, caught up on emails and had a lovely talk with Miss Mandy (Who, by the way is scheming about a way to keep the love alive on Thursday afternoons for those of you who are devastated that the 4:30 advanced class is ending at the end of this YY session- so stay tuned for details on that!) and am now catching on up the blog. (I personally do not use the word blog as a verb. I do not "blog" per se. I write on my blog. Just a pet peeve of Christina Sell. Silly, I know) At noon Kelly and I are going to go to Matt's Ashtanga class and then we will meet up with a real estate guy and mortgage broker because we are scheming about how to move to Austin this year. Still just a nugget of a plan but I am researching if it is even possible.

All right then, time to go take a bath and get ready for the day. I do want to invite everyone to San Marcos for a practice on Saturday afternoon from 3-6. I know it is predictable but we will emphasize back bends and holiday cheer. Let me know also if you are interested in sticking around for food and drink and making merry because I was thinking that would be fun also. If you want to come drop me an email at christina@christinasell.com . No fee, but donations are welcome and a bowl will be out by Ganesh. Everyone is welcome but the movement is going to be toward viparita chakrasana and dwi pada viparita dandasana to sirsasana so make sure you know your limits and modifications.

All right, gang, until next time then.

6 comments:

Yoga for Inspired Living said...

hannah and I will be there saturday. Can't wait.

PS I built a platform that can be put up on blocks to make a ramp for jumping to handstand from UD. I can bring it if you want.

Align with Nature said...

OK. What is the ramp? Is that a real thing? Christina, I love that you let people know the plan. Love you. Wish that all of the above were options. 10 more weeks baby, 10 more weeks....

Christina Sell said...

Definitely bring the ramp, Mark.

Meg, we will take pics so you can have a visual. The ramp is the bomb. And next year, you can bring the family and come party with us! 10 Weeks! WOW. And I was just thinking it was time for me an you to have a phone chat, lady.

Anne-Marie Bowery said...

will be there. Can't wait to see the ramp. Sounds very Iyengarish. Mega Prop.

Svetha said...

I would love to see pictures of this said ramp. It sounds like it elevates your feet off the ground and helps with momentum moving from UD to handstand and you can add or subtract blocks to make it easier/harder. Am I close?

Christina Sell said...

That is it, svetha. And it has its roots in Iyengar Yoga for sure. George has one, Des had one from the old days... also good for helping beginners kick up to handstand.