Yoga with Friends

It has been a while since I updated my blog.  The rapid pace of life makes me feel dizzy just remembering what had happened in front of my eyes in the past 2 months or so.

 

But the best moments in life should not be passed without me making a note or feel the gratitude of it.  One of them is sharing a yoga practice with my friends last week end. 

 

It has been a while since we gathered, so we were really looking forward to it.  Plus it is a new house of Mir & Luk, and we would be doing yoga.  Emails were flying back and forth since weeks before.  Some of them were new to yoga and did not know what to expect.

 

Mir & Luk’s house is a very airy, full of positive flow of energy and glowing with natural light. They have a lovely 3.5 years old daughter who was freely roaming around during our practice with her friend and insisted to play her favorite children song’s CD. 

 

After the never-ending chat, we rolled out the mat, set up the blocks and belts.  We started with warming up our spine in a repeated flow of marjaryasana (cat-and-cow), adho mukha svanasana (down-ward dog or ‘bedok’ according to Luk), salambhasana (child’s pose). 

 

Suryanamaskar A was done 3-4 times until everyone got the hang of it.  Followed by uttanasana (a standing forward bend).  A series of standing poses was shared from tadasana (mountain pose), utthita trikonasana (triangle pose), parivvrata trikonasana (revolved triangle), virabhadrasana (warrior) 2, utthita parsvakonana (side-angle pose), parsvottanasana (intense side stretch pose) with andra mudra at our back;  and the three set of prasarita padottanasana (wide legged forward bend).  The transition flow poses followed each of the standing pose.These standing poses would give everyone a good base for the next level of practice, as well as to energize the flow of prana in each of us.

 

In the background, ‘My Bonny’ was playing chirpily, while we started to drench ourself with our own perspiration.  Why not.. for a change from the classical new age yoga melodies.

 

An introduction to balancing poses was done through vrksasana (tree pose) and utthita hasta padangustasana (extended hand to big-to-toe pose).  Balancing pose gave us time to put our mental and energy focus together.

 

To further strengthen our back, we did locust and right into our seated poses.  The seated pose is preparation for groin and hip opener, and more practice for strengthening the spine and digestion system.  Janusirsasana a&b (head to knee forward bend), a series of dandasana and baddha konasana (bound angle pose), marichyasana 1 (pose dedicated to sage marichya), half padmasana (lotus pose).

 

We closed our practice with restorative poses such as a small backbend of sethu bandha sarvangasana (bridge pose), supta padangusthasana (reclining big toe), our final big twist and our well-deserved sivasana (corpse pose).

 

2-hour passed very fast while we worked and focused really, really hard to our practice.  After we discussed further on what we had done and cooled down ourself, the beautiful lunch prepared by Mir and staff were feasted in no time…

 

In the afternoon, it rained very hard. Luk said that it had never rained in the past weeks.. so we must brought the rain and the practice received a good blessing from the Divine. The plants around the house were all wet and looked very fresh, the chatter from the dining table never stopped amongst coffee and salak and till the hearts were contended.. it continued until well into the evening..

 

Namaste…

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