general blather, mulling things over, resources

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
resources

Book suggestion: How to Use Yoga

The first yoga book I bought was How to Use Yoga, by Mira Mehta.  It’s very clear, with lots of pictures.  It covers many basic poses, and in the back it gives the sequences for a couple of years worth of home practice.  The sequences show thumbnail photos of the asanas, so once you know how to do the poses you don’t have to do a lot of flipping back and forth in the book.

I think it was out of print for a while, because I kept seeing it in discount places like TJ Maxx and Tuesday Morning, but I haven’t seen it there lately.  I hope I come across it again, because I gave away my last copy.  It’s a perfect beginner’s book, especially for someone who has already attended some Iyengar classes.