Episode 37: Praying and Doing, Level 2-3 70 min yoga class at Swerve Studio

by Elsie on May 5, 2007

“without courage we can never attain to true simplicity, cowardice keeps us double minded, hesitating between the world and God. In this hesitation there is no true faith. Faith remains an opinion. This hesitation is a death of hope. We never let go of those visible supports which we well know must one day surely fail us, and this hesitation makes true prayer impossible. It never quite dares to ask for anything, or if it asks it is so uncertain of being heard, that in the very act of asking it surreptitiously seeks by human prudence to construct a make shift answer.

What is the use of praying if at the very moment of prayer we have so little confidence in God that we are busy planning our own kind of answer to our prayer?”

Thomas Merton

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The Sequence:

All Fours/Downward Facing Dog/One Legged Downward Facing Dog

hands and knees downward facing dog

Short Down Dog into a Long Downdog (listen and know!)

Surya Namakar x 3 (with small variations)

Tadasana (meditation, focusing on the left side of the body)

tadasana

THE FOLLOWING SEQUENCE IS ALL DONE ONLY ON THE LEFT SIDE

Urdhva Hastasana, clasping right wrist and opening the body to the right

urdhva hastasana

Crescent Pose

crescent pose

Lunge Twist

lunge twist backbend 2

Parsvakonasana

Parsvakonasana

Trikonasana

trikonasana

Vashistasana

vashistasana

Pavritta Parsvakonasana

Pavrita Parsvakonasana prepPavrita Parsvakonasana

Downward Facing Dog Twist

Twisting Downward Facing DogTwisting Downward Facing Dog front view

Utkatasana Twist

Tadasana (meditation, focusing on the right side of the body)

FOLLOW SAME SEQUENCE ABOVE EXCEPT THIS TIME ALL IS DONE ON THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE BODY

Uttanasana

Child’s Pose

Deep lunge on Forearms/Hamstring Stretch/Pigeon Pre

Deep Lunge with back knee on the floordeep lunge with forearms on the floor hanumanasana prepPigeon Prep

Ardha Bhekasana

Ardha Bhekasana

Janu Sirsasana/Pavritta Janu Sirsasana

Janu Sirsasanapavrita janu sirsasana

Paschimottanasana

Easy Twist

SAVASANA (yoga nidra like meditation, fantastic 7 min relaxation :) )

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Deborah K Rosales Escobar May 11, 2007 at 9:16 pm

The fantastic seven minute relaxation turned into a fantastic five minute nap “LOL”. Thanks, I needed it.

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girlwhocriedepiphany October 29, 2008 at 12:45 am

Elsie,
I hope that you and your baby are loving your new life together! I have been doing your podcasts for a while, but did this one for the first time today. As the whole country is split between right and left, red and blue, the way that you focused on each side of the body was deeply powerful. What a profound, spiritual class. Thank you for weaving Thomas Merton’s wisdom into this practice.
Blessings, Marisa

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