General Yoga – BIG props / Where everybody knows your name….
Albany Yoga room – Morning Session – Weekday
When I woke up this morning at 6:30am? I would NEVER have pictured myself forming a shoulder-stand by ten o’clock that very same morning.
Today I was venturing to Albany Yoga Room which has a fabulous website full of information on their many classes, disciplines, teachers, philosophy and why you should do Yoga … http://www.albanyyoga.co.nz/
I was on time this time and had a relatively stress-free morning in the household, kids happy and off to school, pop on down to yoga, I felt very lucky to do be doing so on my day off.
On arrival the teacher was entirely warm, inviting and accommodating as the class was full of regulars and I obviously wasn’t one. She asked if I had any trouble spots she needed to be aware of and I enlightened her to the fact I have had an ankle fusion in my right ankle and compensatory issues in my hip. She took this all in her stride and throughout the entire class made comments directly to me with regard to pose adjustments for my physical ‘issues’… all on a first name basis, all personal and very yummy.
To set up for the lesson? I was literally shown the ropes to get to grips with what was required as there are a plethora of props involved; wooden blocks, bolsters (big oblong cushions), ropes hanging off the wall to pull yourself up and down on, blankets, straps and (one of my favourites) ‘eye bags’… mmmmmm….. (that’s for the floppy meditation bliss at the end).
We started ever so gently, subtly and calmly…
Throughout the lesson she made it known that no two classes are ever the same and that she is well known for ‘mixing it up a bit’. Obviously that’s why the class was pretty full, it’s kept fresh! She also kept offering alternative movements to either take the stretch a little further or to pull back to a more comfortable level.
Over the next 90 mins we worked up and up into the crescendo of my aforementioned shoulder stand…
What an achievement! The fact that my squishy core could even hold such a pose? It took a bit of unglamorous maneuvering with massive aid from the teacher who expertly placed blankets in just the right places to support my neck, and there it was, a viable ‘Salamba Sarvangasana’!
This lady’s website can show you how to pull one of these moves off with all the arrows pointing at what bit of your body should be facing where and in-depth instruction so you don’t do yourself an injury… http://yogabycandace.com/blog/2014/7/23/how-to-do-shoulder-stand
At the end? I felt entirely worked over, from the outside in… my mood was FABULOUS too… mellow, clear and floating on air. Not to mention an interesting scenario with the before and after pic of the day… check THIS out!
… a plain old morning photo… an every-day selfie, not very glamorous, fairly standard issue…
A non-edited selfie… colours swirling all about.
Could this be my heightened Yoga aura? Or, as my sceptical husband has just said… the light reflecting through my car window?
Who knows… will keep trying this psychic photographic experiment out as we continue moving through more Yoga zones across Greater Auckland.
Location – Albany Yoga Room (7 days a week)
Cost – Concession pricing available. $20 casual.
Blanket – Provided
Props – All there
Attire – Comfy-Casual
Class length – Approx. 1.5 hrs
Fitness level: General
Mantra: No chanting in this style of yoga, yet the breathing and meditation is beautiful and we finish with ‘Namaste’.
“Namaste”? you say? This is a respectful form of greeting in Hindu custom, found on the Indian Subcontinent mainly in India and Nepal and among the Indian diaspora. It is used both for salutation and valediction. Namaste is usually spoken with a slight bow and hands pressed together, palms touching and fingers pointing upwards, thumbs close to the chest. This gesture is called Añjali Mudrā or Pranamasana. In Hinduism it means “I bow to the divine in you”.
The greeting may also be spoken without the gesture or the gesture performed wordlessly, carrying the same meaning.
Until next time when we all return from holiday to our fresh and new 2016!
Got to eat some Christmas pies first though…
Merry Christmas y’all!
If you’ve missed the first two instalments in this series? Click right here… What Yoga? Parts #1 & #2