Saturday, September 26, 2009


Well, *that* was wonderful! I just finished a Hatha style class from YogaDownload. I decided to try Gentle Hatha Yoga #1 with Jackie, 30 minute version. It was exactly what the doctor ordered for the lethargic Lady's Holiday mood I'm in today.

There wasn't a single standing pose (aside from Uttanasana) or inversion in the entire sequence. Most of it was low to the mat, Adho Mukha Svanasana and low lunges, some Eka Pada Raj Kapotanasana (Pigeon), which I love, lots of twists, all very gentle.

The instructor, Jackie, has a soothing voice and it's easy on the ears. These are Hatha classes so they're 'talkier' than the flow classes, but the information is relevant and alignment-oriented (no one is telling you to 'explore the energy of your chakras').

The only thing I would have added was a Paschimottanasana right after the Baddha Konasana. I checked the cheat sheet for the 45 minute version class and voilá! There it was! I don't know what's going on with my hamstrings today, but they're wide open. In Paschimottanasana, I was able to fold forward and rest my face between my shins. Nice! I love open hamstring days.

The other versions look excellent. Poses are added on at the end of the sequence in the longer versions (rather than subtracting them from the middle to create shorter versions; I'm discovering that this may be preferable, as it avoids gaps and inconsistencies). I downloaded all of them and also downloaded all versions of Gentle Hatha #2. This is my homework for the Lady's Hols.


Flo said...

Very nice hamstrings for this practice! :)
Some days they work with me...some days they fight me.
I will have to check YogaDownload!
With budget changes and practicing mostly at home that would be a good thing to incorporate.
I only have 2 classes on my classcard left.

Kaivalya said...

The hammies vary so much from practice to practice. I just love those face-to-shin days.

Loved the photos on your blog by the way. Isn't handstand fun? :-)