“The body tells its story. The mind supports and questions and encourage. The mind has to agree to be the compassionate listener without judgement or expectation. We want to find a deeper meaning in the asanas, to take us to a higher level of consciousness, expect depth, reflection, clarity and support for the Light within.”
I’ve been teaching yoga since 2004. Over the year my teaching style has changed a lot. I used to plan and then just improvise, have an idea for a series or peak poses. Sometime I thought I had just taught an amazing class but did not write it down and then would not be able to repeat it. I’ve also spend lot of time, researching, reading, preparing and know how much can go into planing the “perfect” class. I’ve decided to share with you some of the classes program, class 3, I prepared for the Yoga teacher training. There are 18 lessons plans that build on each other. The first few classes are more gentle classes, until we move toward more advanced poses and sequencing. Where ever you are on your journey its important to remind yourself that it’s more important to have awareness than to do an asana perfectly. I hope you enjoy me sharing theses with you and would appreciate your feedback to keep improving them. I’ve used 2 books to help me build theses classes, they are the Golden Present book by Sri Swami Satchidananda and the Hidden Language of Hatha Yoga by Swami Sivananda Radha.
“In Hatha Yoga we confront our fears as well as our potentials by balancing attention between the body and the mind. Because human beings are so complex, various branches of yoga must be practised in proper combination to help people become harmonious being. Asanas are a discipline of the body, but they are not without an effect on the mind, and in turn the mind affects the body. We create an intuitive space for deepening our understanding about ourselves, uncovering our obstacles and potential. We are the masters of our own destiny.”
You can also have access to the recording of the classes and sequence with the Vinyasa Flow Yoga online classes bundle.
Class 13: Eagle/Garudasana, I surrender
The eagle is the king of the birds, a symbol of power and victory. It strikes with such accuracy that is has no enemies and it lives in solitary splendour. The eagle is an emblem of victory in battle and also triumph of spirit over intellect. Also symbolic for sharp sight, for penetrating vision. We are spiritual beings having been born in a material body. We have reduced ourselves in size and energy, and in this way, some of our vast spiritual potential remains hidden. As spiritual beings living a human experience, we are constantly faced with obstacles that we overcome by turning to our divine nature. Ask yourself these questions to help you gain an eagle perspective: “Can I see through my traps? Can I avoid getting caught in them? What am I aiming at?” What would it mean to soar like an eagle, effortlessly, surrendering to the currents of the air?
- Eagle shape lying down/ Supta Garudasana
Sun salutation A & B
- Flow 1 Eagle with crunch/ Garudasana
- Crescent Lunge to Warrior 1
- Warrior 2/ Virabhadrasana 2
- Side Angle pose/ Utthita Parsvakonasana
- Triangle/ Trikonasana
- Standing Wide leg forward fold + twist
- Repeat flow other side
Flow 2 Eagle/ Garudasana
- Warrior 3 with Eagle arms/ Virabhadrasana 3
- Warrior 1 with Eagle arms/ Virabhadrasana 1
- Warrior 2/ Virabhadrasana 2
- Side Angle pose with top arm bind/ Utthita Parsvakonasana
- Triangle with top arm bind/ Trikonasana
- Repeat flow other side
Eagle crunch/ Garudasana
Wide leg up the wall + Leg up the wall/ Viparita Karani
Hundreds of worries + We can always be in bliss
How many things do you worry about? The mind is the main source of health and happiness. The same mind can completely rod you of all your health and happiness if you don’t train it properly. Whatever you are, be content. It sounds easy but it’s not If you have a contented mind, everything will just happen by itself. You won’t have to do anything. There is only one doer: the Cosmic Intelligence that does everything and works through everybody. Have faith, surrender!
Sri Ram Jai Ram mantra from Diana Rogers Sri Ram is known as the perfect man, representing courage, moral righteousness, kindness and chivalry. Both sides of the brain are believed to be balanced through the practice of reciting the Sita Ram mantra.
Make sure you check the other lesson classes:
- Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 1: Yin/Yang sequence, deep belly breath, I am breathing mantra
- Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 2: Tree pose, 3-part breath
- Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 3: Ujjaya breath, I am calm
- Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 4: Strength intelligence, I am focus
- Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 5: Sun salutation A, Dancing Warrior, I am strong
- Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 6: Sun Salutation A, move like a snake, I am healthy
- Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 7: Balasana/Child pose, I am grateful
- Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 8: Lion Breath + Sun salutation B, I am fearless
- Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 9: Side Plank, I am aware
- Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 10: Crow, I am light/divine
- Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 11: Crow into flow, I let go of expectation!
- Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 12: Split / Hanumanasana
- Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 13: Eagle/Garudasana, I surrender
- Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 14: Dancer Pose/ Natarajasana, I am brave
- Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 15: Inversion, I trust myself, I am stronger than I think
- Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 16: Side Crow/ Parsva Bakasana, core work and twist
- Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 17: Bird of Paradise/ Svarga Dvijasana & Eka Koudiyasana 2
- Vinyasa Yoga Class, lesson plan Class 18: Flying pigeon