Friday, October 16, 2015

VK 004: practice plan 2015.10.16/ Hybrid

Surya namaskara
Marichyasana sub-routine
Konasana Sequence (entire)

Bharadvajasana I
Marichyasana III
Ardha matsyendrasana I

Headstand 5min
Shoulder stand 3min
Paschimottanasana 5 min
Maha Mudra 5/5 min
One leg standing asana 5/5min

Kaphalabhati 108
Nadi sodhana - 72 at  4:16:8:4

YS 1.1 - 1.2

Thursday, October 15, 2015

VK Rest Day 003

Tadasana Sequence
10 min supported sirsasana (iyengar 4 block set-up)
3 min slack sarvangasana
3 min salamba sarvangasana
5 min paschimottanasana
5/5 maha mudra

108 kapalabhati
20 min vilhoma


Wednesday, October 14, 2015


There are so many things to work little time, actually, it's more my energy levels, but also time. It's always about finding the balance and channeling the energy where it needs to be. I left my job to work on getting healthy and focus on art. I'm giving a lot more time to yoga asana and the other aspects than I had planned.

That being said, there are physical things I would love to figure out how to work's the check list:

padmasana w/o hands
smooth drop over and back up to shoulder stand
a solid/stable/easy 10 min free standing headstand
handstand (wild dream of press)
L-sit/lolasana/jump through/back

I'm sure there are more, these are the ones at the forefront.

These all take time to train the body and the mechanics. There are some similarities in these movements, postures. Just need to figure them out.  Feel like muscular control and time are what is holding my body back...

RtB 010: 2015.10.14

Skill work: Pistols aka one leg purna utkatasana
lots of lunge stuff in there.

Front Squat
5 x 5 (PR on last set 75lbs)

4e single leg box squat
8e slow step-up
12 hollow rocks

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

TMYK 003: Props

{[Props are addictive - use props to make the pose accessible, not comfortable]}

Iyengar Level 2-3 : 2015.10.13

--> lift chest, open back of the knees to the floor

 bharadvajasana I
--> great for lateral twisting of the spine; lift up from base of spine and rotate in pelvis, keep shoulders even chin in line with spine, use block at the base of the sacrum to help pull torso around


marichyasana III
--> w/o wall, block at sacrum to assist rotation of the torso; reach arm diagonally across and down  body, rotating opposite side to outside thigh, pull calf away from hamstring to create more space in hip and increase rotation in the side body


ardha matsyendrasana I
 --> key is to sit on heel, makes the posture a bit of a balance pose, bring extended leg in as close to the body as possible, creating a "tadasana" leg to press into the floor; turn trunk 90 degrees, bring arm pit over the knee, back hand continues to use block to aid in torso lift and rotation, (in LOY the hands are bound first) move top of first hand to under knee opening up wrist, again, pull calf away from hamsting.

adho mukha svansana
--> heels press down and back, edges parallel, open backs of thighs and draw up on shins

ardha uttansana
--> concave spine, drawing shoulders down and into the back


virabhandrasana I :||
--> step back from tadasana, classic foot heel/arch alignment; rotate and even hips, extend up through spine; forward fold over bent leg to extend spine, slowly raise up keeping length in the spine.

parsvottonasana --> parvritta trikonasana
--> step back from tadasana, strong rotation of back foot, both legs straight; press through back heel and around to outside of back foot, keeping extension of the hamstrings, draw back hip around to front and even hips, both hands to ground, move to parvritta trikonasana, adjusting hips as necessary.

salamba sirsasana

nirambla sirsasana (prep)
--> start with arms for sirsasana II, legs for wide ams, extend up through crown of the head drawing shoulders down back, hands to ropes, then lifting up through finger tips, one hand down at a time.

urdhva muhka svasana :|| 3
--> 2 times on balls of feet, 1 time on top of feet

ustrasana :|| 3
--> narrow feet as move through progression, lift chest to ceiling draw shoulders down the back, opening collar bones.

sarvangasana to setu bhandasana with wall
--> new coordination to work on, drop overs and back to shoulder stand. hop down wall, key is not to settle into the bottom of the movement. not so bad at finding my position in space just the engagement/coordination in the front body.

chair supported halasana to karnapindasana
--> knees either side of ears, bend knees to drop towards floor.

--> with tip of cone rolled blanket under tailbone to broaden and settle sacrum from back bending.

Monday, October 12, 2015

VK Rest day 002

Tadasana Sequence
10 min supported sirsasana (iyengar 4 block set-up)
3 min slack sarvangasana
3 min salamba sarvangasana
5 min paschimottanasana
5/5 maha mudra

108 kapalabhati
20 min vilhoma


RtB 009: 2015.10.12

Skill: Backward Roll to Candlestick
progression 2 legs to single for pistol prep.

Deadlift 70lbs

* 5e SL RDL (DB)
* 10e SL Elevated Hip Thrust
* 20 alt SA KB Swing

3x45s Side Plank

Friday, October 9, 2015

True Rest

Taking the next fews days off from all stuff, have a couple classes to teach and fending off a cold.
Likely back to moving some on Monday.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

VK Rest Day 001

Tadasana Sequence
10 min supported sirsasana (iyengar 4 block set-up)
3 min slack sarvangasana
3 min salamba sarvangasana
5 min paschimottanasana
5/5 maha mudra

108 kapalabhati
20 min vilhoma


Wednesday, October 7, 2015

RtB 008: 2015.10.07

I go to the gym too - for general skill work. Helps me round out all the yoga asana.

skill 1: L-it in Rings
skill 2: Ballet basics

7min EMOM *3 Pull-ups (alt grip)

3r (4Q)
* 4 bar rows
* 8e SA Prone DB Row
* 20s (e) Paloff Press    

TMYK 002: Anatomy

The elbows are the knees of the arms.
Ever think of it this way?

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Iyengar Level 2-3 : 2015.10.06

(still need to work on this - getting there, need to put more daily time into this, would like to be able to both understand and properly pronounce by end of October - at least close to the Ashtanga Invocation)

jathara parivartanasana with urdhva prasarita padasana I and eka pada jp as prep.
--> prep moving through various leg combinations, building to JP. Use sandbags to stabilize shoulders. Move upper hip away from shoulder to bring feet even. Changing angle of the legs as they cross the body change which parts of the abdominal muscles utilized. In LOY - Iyengar says "This asana is good for reducing excess fat. It tones and eradicates slugishness of the liver, spleen, and pancreas...By its regular practice all the abdominal organs are kept trim." (LOY 239-240) use bottom leg to lift top leg up.

adho mukha vajrasana to adho mukha svanasana
--> shorten more than normal or use board/sandbag under heels to give the heels something to press down and into, lifting upper thigh bones out of the back of the legs.

utthita hasta padangustasana
--> descend to ascend standing leg, roll outside hip of lifted leg down, press through heel to ball of foot and toes to lift leg higher. focuses on strengthening quads, foot is light

parvritta utthita hasta padangustasana
--> use wall for balance, for distance fingertips brush against wall. same standing leg set-up, lift bend knee take hold of outside of foot with opposite hand, descend to ascend inhale lengthen, exhale twist, shoulders even, pull down with back hand to lift and spread collar bones.

adho mukha vrksasana
--> my backbending love still comes through, strong back and lower ribs migrate out from the rib cage. need to work on lifting through base of calcaneus, lifting the skin of the fee, pulling up with the anterior tibialis, pulling femus heads in, working with those gluts and oh, yeah...UDDIYANA

parsvaika sirasana
-->  need to get off the blocks, if only this asthma flare would only clear up...anyways, this is hard! like in UHP, stabilize through "standing leg" rotate out other leg from deep in the hip socket, quad pulls down leg, while hamstring pulls up, weight of foot providing ballast. noticed there is a shift in weight on the forearms and need to ground down more on the side with the leg that is coming down to the side. (like in JP, need to redirect weight more to shoulder of top leg).

upvistha konasana
--> love love love love sandbags, at the hip creases. sit on center/front of sit bones, not allowing the shift to the back, one line from hip socket through to foot, draw in head of the femur, knees point up to ceiling, spine extends up and out of the pelvis, gaze goes up, exhale bend forward from hip crease, bringing torso as close to floor as possible. inhale come up release both feet, exhale rotate torso from base of spine, hold one foot with both hands, inhale extend spine, exhale fold torso over leg really rotating belly, chin comes to knee. it's like a wide angle janu sirsasana.

catushpadasana prep for sarvangasana to setu bhandasana
--> and those pesky sarvangasana drop downs and up. apparently, these are supposed to be easier than standing dropbacks. working with one leg and added height from a blanket is helpful, but two legs are the same time is still difficult for me and quite tiring, almost managed three successive with rope assistance.  bring hands as far up the back as possible, bend knees allow feet to become heavy, curling spine over hands, gently placing feet on ground and immediately lifting up.

halasana to karnapindasana
--> knees either side of ears, hands to outside of feet.


Monday, October 5, 2015

VK 003 : practice plan 2015.10.05

Tadasana Sequence
Marichyasana sub-routine
Ardha-Padmasana sub-routine
Janu-sirasana sub-routine
Parsvakonasana sub-routine
Virabhadrasana sequence
Headstand 5min
Shoulder stand 3min
Paschimottanasana 5 min
Maha Mudra 5/5 min
One leg standing asana 5/5

Kaphalabhati 108
Nadi sodhana - 72 at  4:16:8:4

Iyengar Invocation 

Yes. I'm not mixing it up too much as yet. Still working on bringing the posture/breath sequences into my body. So I'm not necessarily second guessing myself through the postures/breath. Once I have these sequences, I'll add another, and another...etc... Seems to be the best way to learn the postures.