Saturday morning! I had a lovely long 1.5 hour session on my mat, then a walk to get a latte. Sun is shining. Perfection.
This class is from the book, Yoga Mind Body and Spirit by Donna Farhi. This book was my very first introduction to yoga back 2001. It taught me about proper alignment, breathing cues and how the body works with yoga.
Donna is a hatha yoga practitioner and teacher so one thing I noticed when I started to branch out to vinyasa was the difference in timing. I worked from this book for many years before moving out into classes. In Donna’s sequences she holds poses for 3-5 minutes, whereas with vinyasa you hold for 5 – 8 breaths, no-where near as long. In this videos you can see which poses I’m holding for several minutes. It can be quite intense!
I always think it’s funny when people say hatha is like ‘baby-yoga’ or that it’s too easy. I always think, they must be in a beginners class. In my experience, intermediate to advanced hatha is just as intense as ashtanga or vinyasa – just intense in a different way. Hatha is not Power yoga – it’s not vigorous. But you can think of it like the difference between running and weight lifting. One is vigorous and one is powerful.
This is a back bendy class with a lot of focus on Upward Dog in the beginning and less vigorous back bends on the floor towards the end. Donna also brings in the use of props quite often, like the chair you see me using.
I love love love back bends. I feel just amazing afterwards. Present, calm, receptive rather than seeking. Just where I want to be these days.
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