We are all in the picture together because Jenny set my camera up to do a time lapse photo, and she and Koreen piled enough chip foam blocks on a chair to achieve the right height. We’re missing only one Sadhanista, Maureen, who had an early morning bike trip planned, and couldn’t convince her fellow bikers to start a little later.
As happy as I am to have the choice of rising early or sleeping late for the rest of the summer, I’m going to miss this group, and the energy, enthusiasm and good humor that filled the studio every morning.
And the restorative practice?
Perhaps yesterday’s proposed class plan would have been possible if we’d all known all of the poses and all of the setups ahead of time. But we didn’t.
By 7:30 I was looking at the list and deciding what to skip. And Savasana was only five minutes, not the promised 10.
Restorative classes always go quickly. That’s a lesson I seem to learn and then repeatedly forget, swept up in the excitement of trying a different sequence, or a new setup that felt so good when I tried it.
Perhaps I might make a sign that reads: “Keep It Simple,” and hanging it on the wall by my desk.
Here’s what we really did:
Restorative: Day 10
Adho Mukha Virasana (downward facing hero) 2 to 3 minutes
Adho Mukha Svanasana (downward dog) in sling at rope wall or with head support and hands to the wall. 2 to 3 minutes
Uttanasana (standing forward bend) head support, to chair
3 to 5 minutes
Sirsasana (headstand) in the ropes 3 to 5 minutes
Viparita Dandasana (inverted stick pose) on two stools, with two bolsters, or one bolster and blankets, feet at the wall. 3 to 5 minutes
OR chest opening on horizontal bolster, support for the head if necessary
Salamba Sarvangasana (shoulder stand) on a chair, 5 to 10 minutes
set up with your head to the wall and move from the chair to Nirlamba Sarvangasana
Nirlamba Sarvangasana (unsupported shoulder stand) feet to the wall
Setubanda Sarvangasana (shoulder stand bridge pose) on long bolster, feet to the wall, strap around the thighs, blanket under shoulders. 10 minutes
Paschimottanasana (seated forward bend) with head support 3 to 5 minutes
Viloma Pranayama with interrupted exhalation, lying down, five minutes
Savasana (corpse pose) with chest elevated 5 minutes
My thanks to all of the Sadhanistas. I hope your practice stays steady, strong and joyful.