This weekend in Edmond, OK, we led workshops on using sound in Kundalini Yoga, tuning up the immune system and going over simple morning routines for a fresh start to each day. As a reference to those of you who attended the workshops, or those of you who couldn’t come but are interested, please find some of the kriyas we did listed below! Sat Nam and be well, Ann
Friday evening: We explored how naad yoga, the yoga of sound, can multiply the positive effects of your yoga practice. One amazing example of the effects of sound on us are from Masaru Emoto’s Water Crystals…more on that here: http://www.masaru-emoto.net/english/index.html
har aerobic kriya:
fire up the metabolism:
Kriya to Become Superhuman
Saturday’s workshop was on boosting your immune system through Kundalini Yoga. A simple 3 minutes of dog panting, a quick cold shower and of course, eating healthy foods all help to boost the immune system. When you want yoga to help out too:
kriya to boost your immunity:
The inner sun (l. nostril) immunity meditation, 3-5 minutes (which I originally learned from Dr. Shanti Shanti Kaur Khalsa)
First thing in the morning: 1. Stretch pose with Breath of Fire 2. Tuck pose with breath of fire 3. Rock n Roll on Spine 4. Ego Eradicator with Breath of Fire
And the 15 minute (not really 15 minute) morning set: http://www.pinklotus.org/-%20KY%20Kriya%20for%20fifteen%20minutes%20in%20the%20morning.htm
If you couldn’t make our last workshop at 3rd Street Yoga this Sunday or you just want to remind yourself of what we did, here’s a little sneak peak of what you may have missed:
We started off class with an exercise that melds drawing with breathing, a nice way to center yourself because as we know, “a relaxed mind is a creative mind” (thanks Yogi Bhajan). This wonderful kriya comprised the bulk of our physical activity, here taught by Sat Dharam Kaur. Several meditations from Yogi Bhajan’s intellectual and inspiring book, “The Mind” had us chanting and holding our arms up in somewhat challenging positions….not that the arms or so challenging, but holding them up for 11 minutes can really create a nice burn! All to ignite more creativity. We rounded out the class with a class-created visualization savasana, which is also a great technique to use with your middle school and high school students. Hope you can join us next time.
First off, all of Asana Alphabet‘s teachers are great and creative in their own ways. But here is one approach I hadn’t thought of yet!
Marianne Giosa was reaching the end of a semester with a group of middle school girls from the Cornelia Connelly Center so they decided to show their families some of the yoga skills they had learned; however, Marianne came across a challenge. The girls wanted to have the yoga showing but were resistant because they did not want to take off their shoes or socks (they said their feet were not pedicured to performance standards).
What’s the teaching solution? Marianne gave each girl a bottle of fingernail polish as an end of the semester gift. Brilliant!
Learn how to find your own creative teaching solutions at an Asana Alphabet teacher training. We have one tomorrow, Feb. 5 in NYC followed by a February minicourse at WildChildYoga in Princeton, NJ, and an April weekend intensive at 3rd Street yoga in Edmond, OK.