Month: November 2010

Keep the class simple

Keep the class simple.

If you make your morsel too large for anyone to swallow, you stand to lose your whole lunch.

As a rule of thumb, break what you want to teach down to sizeable chunks. Allow students the space to digest and absorb each chunk.

Sometimes, we challenge our self-realized egos to defy the natural order of our constitution, thinking with our bellies instead of our minds. However, in the aftermath of overreaching, we fail to achieve even the simplest of objectives.


Let us meditate on keeping our yoga classes simple.

Peace Prayer

Om Saha Naa vavatu Saha Nau Bhunaktu
Saha Veeryam Karavaa vahai
Tejasvi Naava dheetamastu
Maa Vidvishaa vahai
Om Shaantih Shaantih Shaantih

Together may we be protected
Together may we be nourished
Together may we work with great energy
May our journey together be brilliant and effective
May there be no bad feelings between us
Peace, peace, peace

Yoga Aid 2010

I am sun-tinged from Yoga Aid 2010.

Yoga Aid this year was a little different, revolving around the theme of community. Instead of 108 rounds of sūryanamaskāra, different “styles” of the yoga community were presented. For example, unique to the Jivamukti Yoga style, Vikasitha kamalasana (Blossoming lotus) sequence was presented for Jivamukti Yoga, etc. Michael presented Yoga for Kids.

Gowrie Srirama (Yoga in Daily Life) changed ādityāya with savitre in her mantra, and I was a bit confused with the sequence because when I practice the mantra version of sūryanamaskāra, I name the pose as the mantra. Changing the sequencing of the mantra is like changing the poses around.