Learning to Crawl

We can choose how we view the world–at every moment, we must practice choosing over and over again. The good news is that this means we have a lot of opportunity to shift our habits.

+10Three-part breath, Regular, Vrksasana > Virabhadrasana I, Parsvottanasana > Utthan Pristhana
+30Uttkatasana, Parivrtta Uttkatasana > Parivrtta Parsvakonasana, Hasta Padangusthasana I > Ardha Chandrasana > Parsvakonasana > Trikonasana
+50Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Backbend), Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Regular, Thigh Stretch), Setubandhasana (Urdhva Dhanurasana), Hanumanasana
+70Agnistambhasana, Ardha Gomukhasana, Supta Padangusthasana, Jathara Parivartanasana, Shavasana

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Offering #1

A practice (should take 20–40 minutes depending on how fast you move):

  • Cat & Dog tilts > Thread the Needle > Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog) > Utthanasana (Simple Forward Fold w/ hands clasped behind back, arms extended) > Tadasana (Mountain Pose w/ Garudasana (Eagle-pose) arms)
  • Surya Namaskar A (Tadasana > Utthanasana > Adho Mukha Svanasana > Palankasana (Plank pose) > Bhujangasana (Cobra pose) > Adho Mukha Svanasana > Utthanasana > Tadasana)
  • Surya Namaskar A w/ Parsvakonasana (Side-Angle)
  • Surya Namaskar A w/ Trikonasana (Triangle) > Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon)
  • Prasarita Padatonasana (Wide-leg forward fold) > Sirsasana I (Headstand)
  • Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (Pigeon)
  • Agnistambhasana (Fire Logs)
  • Eka Pada Bhekasana (Prone thigh stretch)
  • Setubanda Sarvangasana (Bridge)
  • Ustrasana (Camel)
  • Ardha Hanumanasana (Runner’s Stretch) > Hanumanasana (The splits)
  • Janu Sirsasana (Knee to head)
  • Omega (Open Cobbler’s pose)
  • Jathara Parivartanasana (Supine Twist)
  • Dwi Pada Yogidandasana (Happy Baby)
  • Savasana

Some contemplations (only work with one during a particular practice):

  • Before you start your yoga practice, what is your expectation? At the end is it satisfied?
  • What pose do you anticipate the most? Is your anticipation positive or negative? What pose evokes the opposite reaction? Is it as strong?

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vṛttayaḥ pañcatayyaḥ kliṣṭā ‘kliṣṭāḥ

Our illusions come in five varieties, some of which are painful, others painless.

The important thing to remember in all cases, though, is that they are, ultimately, illusions. Our imagining winning the lottery may make us happy in the short term, but in the long term we will likely be hurt when we do not win. Remembering a departed loved one may seem painful initially, but if they passed after a long illness, perhaps we will come to see that it was a blessing that they were released from suffering.

Ultimately, though, these states of pain and pleasure are transitory. They are not our true state of being. When we vest importance in them, we are setting ourselves up for disappointment.

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