Blog 10 Guruji & Geetaji

I started with suspended rope Sirsasana. I was in it for 5 minutes when I get a poke in the back, Guruji wants your swing. I immediately come out and move to the side and watch his assistants pile the swing with 10 folded mats, along with a number of other props. He bends his body over the swing into an unbelievable backbend. He practiced various forms of Viparita dandasana and Kapotasana. He was on that swing (in postures I could only dream about doing) for 30 minutes! He was chatting with the assistants as he hung there. It was incredible.

It’s hard to focus on your own practice with Guruji in the room. He was in better spirits today, laughing and joking. His knees seemed to hurt less. You just want to watch him. He demonstrated Urdvha mukha svanasana to his assistants moving his entire front body into the wall!

His practice inspired me and I stayed the full three hours of the allotted practice time moving from standing postures, supported backbends, full backbends, and inversions. My body is slowly starting to adapt to the heat and found I was able to release deeper into postures.

Geeta taught Thursday evening’s class. She has lost weight and looks great. Her manner of teaching was softer. I mentioned this to another student and she said, “It’s still early in the month, I’m sure we’ll see her fiery side…”

We worked on the proper action of the feet, knees, and arms in standing postures. She spent a lot of time showing us how lifting the outer knee helps lift the arms in Urdvha hastasana. Such a simple action completely changes the pose.

Toward the end of class she had us work on Supta tadasana for 30 minutes….well everyone else worked on it, I fell asleep.

Some of the students and I were talking about Geeta’s class and one of them said, “I can’t believe she made us stay in Supta tadasana for 30 minutes!” I said I didn’t – I had fallen asleep. OMG they said in unison Geeta must have been talking about you when she yelled, “This is not Savasana make your feet active!” I never heard her…..

Thank goodness I jumped to attention when it was time to work on block supported Setu bandha sarvangasana with the legs extended. I don’t know if it was all the work on the arms, my nap in class, or the Indian heat, but this was the first time I was able to enjoy this pose!

About EssentialYoga Studio

Roberta has been practicing yoga since 1988 and has been teaching yoga since 1994. She has trained under master yoga teachers Swami Padmananda, Patricia Walden, Manouso Manos, Father Joe Pereira, Zoë Stewart, Karin Stephan, Liz Owen and others. She continues to study with her Iyengar teachers, Patricia Walden and Peentz Dubble. Roberta has studied yoga at the Ramamani Iyengar Yoga Memorial Institute in Pune, India during June 2011, February 2014 and attended Abhijata's intensive in Pune, India December 2016. Roberta is currently enrolled in Peentz Dubble's two year Iyengar Yoga Teacher Training Program. Additionally, Roberta completed training and certification with Elise Browning Miller as 'Yoga for Scoliosis' instructor. She completed a 500 hour Hatha Yoga Certification program with AURA Wellness Center and is registered with Yoga Alliance as an E-RYT 500. She has been a Certified Meditation Teacher since June 2007 and has been an Usui Reiki Practitioner since 1989. Roberta's Personal Practice Philosophy: Health issues have changed and deepened my practice. You will see many photos of me using a variety of props. On days I don't feel well, instead of saying, "I can't practice today", Iyengar Yoga has taught me to say, "How can I practice today".
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One Response to Blog 10 Guruji & Geetaji

  1. Jan says:

    I’m so glad you are enjoying yourself and absorbing the local surroundings as well as the experience of the yoga! Do you catch the US news? Tornados in Worcester, Joplin MO leveled, Bruins won the Eastern conference – playing for the Stanley Cup, and American Idol is back. Gee, see what you are missing!

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