Ep 92: 90 Minute Level 2 Yoga Class, Home = Heart

by Elsie on November 15, 2011

I’ve been at home A LOT lately.

My body has gone through a pretty massive transformation since giving birth, as it should, since it facilitaded an entire new human being to come out! My goodness does that still keep me in awe. It floors me when I think of what this body is capable of. If something is magical, it’s our bodies :)

I’m also keenly aware that as magical and intuitive as it is it MUST be nurtured.

I had my sacrum/si completely go out on me about 4 weeks postpartum. Thank God my parents were here visiting at that time. I could barely get out of bed, let alone pick up my infant daughter! It was rough. No amount of yoga therapy instantanously ‘healed’ me. In fact, the simple act of sitting and standing was excruciating.

It was then that I learned, um…RE-learned that yoga is not about the poses.

The gifts that yoga has given me have nothing to do with the poses, but with the simple and all powerful discovery of being, breathing and feeling. This discovery comes from the un-abiding choice recognize and honor Home.

What is Home?

Have you heard “Home is where the heart is?”

I think Home is the Heart.

Yoga didn’t give me extra super powers. Yoga hasn’t made my life any easier. I still have to address important issues, deal with stress, navigate financial woes, and experience physical pain! Ugh. That is sucky :(

But,

the practice of yoga facilitated my recognition of Home aka my Heart, and when that happens living becomes simpler, still challenging, still unpredictable, still difficult, but simple. It seems contradictory huh?

And therein lies the magic ;)

The practice of Home, developing a yoga practice at home, sustaining a yoga practice at home begins in the Heart.

Are you up for that?

Practice along :) or even simply listen along.

Let me know if Home became clearer to you and in what ways? I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

By the way, I’ll be doing a special Q & A session to answer all the questions I’ve gotten that I still haven’t gotten to! Sign up to get the deets HERE!

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The Level 2 Audio Yoga Class Sequence

Downward Facing Dog

High Lunge

straight legged lunge

Uttanasana

Uttanasana/Ardha Uttanasana x 4

uttanasanaardha uttanasana

Hands to hips shoulders back stand

Tadasana w/ arms interlaced behind the back

Tadasana With Arms Interlaced Behind the Back

 

 

 

 

 

2 Half Sun Salutes

Surya namaskar x 5

tadasanaurdhva hastasanauttanasanaardha uttanasanaplank posechattarunga dandasanacobradownward facing doguttanasanaardha uttanasanaurdhva hastasanatadasana

Crescent

Downward Facing Dog

Twisting Downward Facing Dog

Tadasana

Arms interlaced behind the back

Tadasana With Arms Interlaced Behind the Back

 

 

 

 

 

Half Handstand

Balasana

One Legged Half Handstand

Balasana

To the side

Star pose

Vira 2/reverse vira

warrior IIreverse warrior

Prasarita padotanasana with twist

prasarita padotanasanaSide Variation of Standing Forward Bend

Parsvakonasana

Parsvakonasana

Prasarita padotanasana

prasarita padotanasana

Deep lunge on forearms

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

Pigeon

Pigeon Prep

Ardha bhekasana

Lunge with thigh stretch

Lunge with thigh stretch

Downward Facing Dog

Dhanurasana

dhanurasana

Setubandha

setubandha stage 1setubandha robot armssetubandha

Yogi’s choice backbend :)

Apanasana

apanasana

Seated Meditation

Savasana

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Gordon Kelley November 17, 2011 at 3:10 am

Beautiful class, Elsie. Really enjoy your teaching so much. Would be so grateful for more classes posted, as you have time. *It’s classes like this that are why I do yoga.*

Gratitude from Portland, Oregon

Gordon

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Elsie November 24, 2011 at 4:42 am

You are waaaay to kind :) Thank you!

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Sam December 16, 2011 at 8:31 am

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Bethany December 22, 2011 at 2:21 pm

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