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Brain yoga

Yesterday only Dana came over for our Friday practice.  We had done practice for study last week, where we were both trying to figure out why we can’t get our sitting bones to our heels in Adho Mukha Virasana (downward facing hero). We still weren’t able to do so after the practice, but it was a very enjoyable session. (I’ve written before about practice for study.)

So this week we decided to work on practice for study for Garudasana (eagle).  Neither of us can get our foot wrapped around the standing leg.  I was not feeling well – fighting off a cold and dealing with an upset stomach – so I didn’t want to do anything too strenuous.  As it turned out, we designed a practice for study for Garudasana, using a big pile of yoga and anatomy books, and didn’t DO any of it.  At the end we did Kapotanasana (pigeon), lunge, Supta Virasana (reclining hero), and Savasana (corpse).

Next week we’ll actually do the practice.  But the studying part was really fun, interesting, and satisfying.

Garudasana
Supta Virasana

2 thoughts on “Brain yoga”

  1. Love this! Taught yoga in other people’s homes for 10 years – Eagle is easy if you have really long limbs, otherwise, it’s finding the balance and lifting the top leg as high as possible before heading into the turn. But of course, you knew that because of study!:) Namaste.

  2. This post and izziedarling’s comment are both so useful! I read the post, looked at the silhouettes, thought ‘that looks like just what I need right now’, and then the comment motivated me to get up, warm up, and try Garudasana. Lifting my leg high did the trick, and then it was easy to sink into the balance with legs crossed. Thanks!

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