I’ve been asked by a couple of yoga students to teach them some ‘advanced’ asanas in a private session. These days I teach so cautiously that I rarely give advanced poses. Besides, I don’t practice them much myself, as I try to fit in all the categories of poses in a sort of holistic approach .
I do standing poses because they keep me grounded, which is good for my airy vata constitution.
I like up-side-down poses because, well, they give me new perspectives on the world, no matter how many times I’ve done headstands or shoulderstands over the years.
And, I can count on twists to be therapeutically joyful.
There are so many preparations for poses and the basic postures and variations on them that I never run out of things to do. Not to mention pranayama and meditation. Not advanced work, but constant and mindful, that’s my aim and challenge enough
So what will I teach tomorrow? A session that is hopefully intense enough and at the same time thoughtful….
- Make sure you use your deep neck flexors to lift your head.
- Hollow your abdomen as you lift up, but keep your bottom ribs on the floor.
- Squeeze your thighs lightly.
- Keep your buttocks firm but not clenched.
- Use your mid-back muscles to strengthen your shoulderblades.
- Keep your shoulderblades down toward your waist.
- Move your groins away from your kidneys and your kidneys toward your head.
- Most of all, don’t be pushy!