Grounding Practice: Practicing Ahimsa On The Mat
This class explores the effect that Ahimsa (non-violence) has when practicing yoga on the mat. Too often, especially in vinyasa flow, we move too quickly without attention to detail putting our bodies at risk and decreasing the physical and psychological benefits. Practicing Ahimsa allows us to find the balance between Tapas (heat/self-discipline) and self-care. We will begin with a brief meditation and reflection on this essential Yama (restraint) followed by a prayer of intention asking for the willingness to look at the ways we perpetuate harm or suffering in our own practice. The sequence is slow, deliberate with longer holds, and attention given to proper alignment and how using props can decrease harm. We will begin with Sun Salutes A (Surya Namaskar A), low lunge, Cresent Pose (Anjaneyasana), Warrior 2 (Virabhadrasana 2), Triangle Pose (Trikonasana), Goddess Pose (Utkata Konasana), Wide-legged Standing Forward Bend (Parasarita Padottanasana A), Twisting Pose (Parivrtta Padottanasana), Big Toe Pose (Padangusthasana), Garland Pose (Malasana), Camel Pose (Ustrasana), Bound Angle Pose (Baddha Konasana), Seated Wide-legged Forward Bend (Upavista Konasana), Intense Stretch of the Dorsal Pose (Paschimottanasana), Meditation, Corpse Pose (Savasana), and a closing prayer of gratitude.