Ep 91: 90 Min Level 2 Yoga Class, From The Darkness Blossom Into Light

by Elsie on August 7, 2011

A 7 month pregnant yogini sits in siddhasana holding her belly

I know there are some of you still in the midst of Winter. Maybe your winter has been going on for so long you’re not sure how to deal with it or if you can deal with it.

Winter, or at least the qualities of winter, the darkness in particular, that darkness that forces you to remain inward, to cover yourself, and to slow down is great in little bits but when it’s prolonged it can get challenging.

Some of you may be physically going through Winter, the season, while some of you may be going through an emotional or spiritual winter, even though the sun is brightly shining all around. In this level 2 yoga class we go use our bodies and our hearts to fully step into the darkness, see it as an opportunity to root and ground into all that we are capable of so that we may welcome springtime and blossom through light.

I am 8 months pregnant. When I recorded this class I was 4 months along, barely out of my first trimester having gone through a rough and long winter time. My beautiful new little life needed me to remain inward, steady, calm and receptive to allow the growth of light within. The rising of vibrant Springtime was a direct reflection of the power of the darkness.

How about practicing along and dancing with the dark and the light and blossom into the world around you?

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The Level 2 Yoga Class Podcast Sequence

Recorded at BYS Yoga in Pittsburgh one Thursday evening in April 2011

Downward Facing Dog

Plank/Downward Facing Dog x 5 with the breath


chattarunga dandasana



Downward Facing Dog

Straight Legged Lunge with arms inside twist up into Spiderman Pose

lunge twist backbend 2lunge twist backbend

Eka pada Downward Facing Dog with Open Hip and Straight Legged Lunge

One legged Downward Facing Dog opening the hipOne legged Downward Facing Dog with crazy open hipstraight legged lunge

Crescent Pose

Uttanasana with arms behind the back into arms behind the back with bent legs (Vinyasa)

Surya namaskar x 2

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

Vira 2

warrior II

Vita 2 with arms interlaced behind the back/Humble warrior.

warrior II
Parsvakonasana with arms interlaced behind the back

Vinyasa to Tadasana

plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog


Utkatasana variation with Arms Overhead and thumbs interlaced


plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog

Vira I

warrior I


Vira I/Vira III/Vira I

warrior I warrior I


plank pose chattarunga dandasana cobradownward facing dog


Garundasana arms w/ tree legs



Deep lunge on forearms

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

Downward Facing Dog

Salabasana with arms behind the back

Downward Facing Dog

Runner’s hamstring stretch (knee down)

Downward Facing Dog

Sit down

Legs straight out and focusing on ankle foot alignment in prep for funky (video) pigeon

Funky pigeon

Downward Facing Dog


Pigeon Prep

Downward Facing Dog (Walking The Dog)

Lunge with thigh stretch

Lunge with thigh stretch



Urdhva dhanurasana

urdhva dhanurasana

Supine Tadasana

Supta Padangustasana

Easy supine twist


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Amanda November 8, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Beautiful, reflective, and rejuvinating practice!!


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