Ep 86: Meaning and Truth To Sustain, Level 2 90 min yoga class

by Elsie on January 2, 2011

elsie escobar's yoga class at bys studio

This episode was absolutely inspired by one of you.

I was asked basically how to practice yoga daily. This is something that I think about every day, that I meditate on, and continue to refine.

I’m not going to describe my own process but tell you what it boils down to, at least for me: Meaning and Truth.

If you don’t first and foremost ask yourself who you want to be in the world, what has meaning, what has value to you, and continue to refine the answer and deepen the questions again and again, whatever you decide to do (be it a daily asana practice) will be unsustainable.

If you do refine your questions and lack integrity in the way that you live your life, by telling yourself little lies and convincing yourself that they ‘don’t really matter’, no matter what you do, you will not be able to sustain your practice. Particularly your practice of being the best human being that you can be, with a full and clear heart.

I’m only sharing ‘cause I’ve been there. I tried really hard. Doesn’t work.

The more that you refine the sacredness of your life and live in truth the more freedom and lightness you will have and reflect. It is through choosing to remain steady with great sensitivity no matter what, that the ease and goodness of life becomes a daily gift to unwrap and enjoy. You will then not only have the deep strength needed to sustain this but also offer this great support to all those that you touch 😀

Now on that positive note 😉

Happy New Year!

This episode’s yoga class is a Level 2 class that does require at least a basic working knowledge of yoga poses. It is both available by clicking the link below as well as through my yoga podcast and through either my iPhone Yoga App or my Android Yoga App.

I’m also honored to have Prancing Leopard Organics once again as a sponsor for this episode 🙂 If you haven’t checked them out PLEASE DO! And upon check-out use code eyk and get 15% off!!! Woo hoo!

I taught this class on December 30th at BYS Yoga Studio in Pittsburgh.

Download MP3 of Yoga Class

The Level 2 Yoga Class Sequence

Downward Facing Dog

Eka Pada Downward Facing Dog/High Lunge/Downward Facing Dog

downward facing dogone legged downward facing dog with hips squaredstraight legged lunge

Eka Pada Downward Facing Dog/Lunge Twist

one legged downward facing dog with hips squaredlunge twist backbend 2lunge twist backbend

Uttanasana/Ardha Uttanasana x 3

uttanasanaardha uttanasana

Surya Namaskar x 4

tadasanaurdhva hastasanauttanasana ardha uttanasana plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing doguttanasana ardha uttanasanaurdhva hastasanatadasana

Tadasana with arch back

Vinyasa

plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog

Parsvakonasana/Vira 2/Reverse Vira

Parsvakonasanawarrior IIreverse warrior

Vinyasa

plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog

Parsvakonasana/Vira 2/Reverse Vira

Parsvakonasanawarrior IIreverse warrior

Skiers Pose into Utkatasana

Uttanasana/Ardha Uttanasana

uttanasanaardha uttanasana

Plank on tops if feet into upward facing dog

chattarunga dandasana on tops of the feet

Downward Facing Dog

Vira II right and left

warrior II

Reverse vinyasa

Ardha chandrasana/square hips/standing splits variation

ardha chandrasana

Adho Mukha Svanasana

Ardha chandrasana/square hips/standing splits variation

ardha chandrasana

Uttanasana

Tadasana/tadasana on tippy toes/squat on tippy toes

Uttanasana

Deep lunge on forearms

Deep Lunge with back knee on the floor deep lunge with forearms on the floor

Uttanasana

Standing hip stretch

Standing Hip Stretch Front (shrub)Standing Hip Stretch (shrub)

Standing baby cradle

Vinyasa with salabasana with arms behind the back

Pigeon/pigeon twist

Pigeon Prep

Lunge with thigh stretch

Lunge with thigh stretch

Dhanurasana x 3

Childs pose

Downward Facing Dog

Uttanasana

Easy supine twist

Savasana

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Beth @ To the Fullest January 3, 2011 at 7:46 pm

“If you don’t first and foremost ask yourself who you want to be in the world, what has meaning, what has value to you, and continue to refine the answer and deepen the questions again and again, whatever you decide to do (be it a daily asana practice) will be unsustainable.” <~ This is crazy-profound. And it basically smacked me over the head with a great cosmic DUH! 🙂 I have all the externals on my side — deity, relationship, desire, talent, disciple. But I'm missing the internal — I have never asked myself who I want to be in this world. Wow. Wow wow and more wow. Thanks, Elsie. 🙂 (By the way, this is @betherann from Twitter.)
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Elsie January 5, 2011 at 5:29 pm

I’ve LOVED all your contributions. I can’t EVEN stand it! It’s too much…You are amazing

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Beth @ To the Fullest January 3, 2011 at 8:42 pm

Oof, make that discipline, not disciple. 🙂
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Beth @ To the Fullest January 5, 2011 at 12:27 pm

I have been thinking and thinking and thinking about this, and so of course I eventually had to make it a writing meditation. Here’s the result: http://www.kitchencourage.com/2011/01/who-do-you-want-to-be-in-world.html

Again, thank you for the deep thoughts!
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Elsie January 5, 2011 at 5:32 pm

Of course you had to share and express and create. I adore that you took the time to come and check back in with me 😉 xoxoxooxox

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Katherine February 8, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Hi Elsie!

Ok, I first off want to say how much what you’ve said in this podcast resonates with me. To not just know our meaning (or an inkling of it!), but to walk with *truth*…. wow. So powerful, and so much for me to reflect and meditate on. Thank you.

I had a true laugh-out-loud moment – – when you say “Ok, jump and switch” from pigeon. I really started laughing! My husband was walking through as I did, but poor guy just didn’t get the joke.. hee hee.

You’ve also gifted me with my very first burst of emotion on the mat. When I came up into Upward Dog from the Plank on top of feet… wow. I just had a burst of tears. No, I hadn’t wrenched my back out… 😉 It was just this pure emotion – I felt more *in* that pose than I ever had before, and it touched something deep in me.

Thank you, thank you.

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kumari sky March 9, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Elsie!!!!! Oh my Divine! I am filled with appreciation and excitement about the gem i have just discovered:::you and your podcast!!!!

Thank you so very much , cheers to an inspired practice!

p.s. i knew i was gonna luv u when i saw the legwarmers <3

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Elsie March 27, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Kumari!!!!! soooooooo great to hear from you and I’m soooo glad you stumbled onto my little site 🙂 ♥

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