Sunday, July 5, 2009

45 minutes of fun

This is going to be brief. I am so tired that I can barely see. But I need to stay up and digest some homemade strawberry ice cream for a little so I have a minute.

Here is this weeks 45 minute sequence. Go for it. It will be fun. All you need is a mat and whatever blocks you think that you might like. And a timer. A timer is key. That is what effectively makes it 45 minutes. You can do this any time. I find myself often practicing about an hour after lunch when at least one of my kids is generally asleep and my meal is digested. I eat light at that hour. Often I have Eider on his sheepskin for the entire time. It works out. If Maple wakes up before I am finished I ask her to sit on the couch and watch with maybe something for her to drink. It is good for her to see mom taking care of herself. I have even stopped for around 15 minutes in the middle to nurse someone back to sleep, but I always come back and finish. That is key. If you do not have very small kids this should really be a snap. 45 minutes is really nothing. You are going to love it.

This week there is no practice on Friday because Chris is away. So that means we will not meet until next Sunday and you should set the goal of trying to do this practice 4 times between now and then. It will get better when you have more sequences to choose from but this will be a good start.

Here you go.

1 minute Down Dog (AMS)
1 minute uttanasana
8 minutes Surya Namaskar A and B (set your timer)

Standing poses (1 minute each side)

Parivritta Trikonasana
Parivritta Parvakonasana
Prasaritta Padotannasana

Virasana and Supta Virasana (5 minutes)

Janu Sirsasana
Triang Muhkaikapada Pascimottanasana
Marichyasana 1
Pigeon prep (eprk)
eprk with thigh stretch

Setubandha with a block supporting the pelvis (3 minutes)
Jatara Parivartanasana

Shavasana or sitting (5 min)

There you have it.

Here is little inspiration via my friend Darren Rhodes:

When we have the capacity to take every experience as nourishment, freed from the fear of what is going to happen to us or any concern about living or dying, then we can grow through every experience without trying to locate it in some set of pre-existing categories. Experiences that awaken us are not divorced from ordinary life. It is, in fact, in the context of the ordinary that such occasions occur, and at any moment. This means that any event, however small it may seem, can become the occasion for our transformation into the fully Real.
Swami Chetananda - Will I be the hero of my own life?

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