Tuesday, September 15, 2009


Last night, I logged into the YogaDownload site like a little kid looking for candy, searching out a new class to try today. For those of you who are wondering if I've sold out or something, no worries. I won my subscription to YogaDownload in an online contest. I have unlimited download privileges for one year. I wasn't required to blog about it as a condition of my membership, but since I practice every day and these classes are part of my practice, it's bound to come up.

I'm gradually working my way through all of the vinyasa classes on the site. From what I can tell, most of the classes offered are vinyasa style. I thought I might have tapped out my options, but last night I discovered two entire pages of vinyasa classes I hadn't even considered yet! Fun!

I really liked the vibe of the lunchtime class I did on Sunday. I thought it would be nice if there was a 'morning' class along the same theme. Well, there is! That's what I did today: Morning Flow #1 with Dawnelle. Amusingly, I ended up doing this class around lunchtime (on Sunday, I practised the lunchtime class in the morning - at least I'm adaptable, but maybe next time I'll switch them up).

I chose the 60 minute version. i've noticed that the longer versions are a bit less intense and more deliberate than the shorter sequences. This class focused on back bends. It had more of an intermediate/advanced feel. There was a forearm-stand in there and also handstand. Shoulderstand was included as a closing pose. The backbends were incremental, starting with easy ones like Bujangasana and leading up to Urdhva Dhanurasana.

This class was good for me because I tend to avoid backbends, don't like them. I didn't love this class, but I worked hard and Savasana felt really good.

I concluded my practice with 9 rounds of Nadi Shodanam and 10 minutes of meditation.

It's another beautiful day. I'm thinking of taking my hammock out to the park again today. It's not forecast to be quite as warm tomorrow. Ah, fall!


Arturo said...

hi Kai
i find it useful to have a book of asanas handy. it brings out the cook or engineer in me - something to follow - and it makes me feel i'm not alone in the room. so maybe you do the same with your videos and tapes for the same reason.

i don't know what to say about the mood swings. i get them too.


Kaivalya said...

It's true, I think I enjoy the 'company' of the DVDs and class recordings. Particularly for Primary, I don't *need* to hear the poses, but being led keeps me on track. There are benefits to both, I think (teacher-led and self-led).

In hindsight, I think my moodiness was a bit of an immune system dip. There's a plague going around the city and I think I successfully fought if off (let's knock on wood).