Tadasana (Mountain pose)
- point feet straight ahead
- distributing weight equally between inner and outer feet
- extending (straightening) knees completely
- lifting her kneecaps and pointing them straight ahead.
Jazz musician Amit Heri has been practicing yoga since 2005. His main teacher is Mysore S Viswanath with whom he practices and studies (Patanjali’s) Ashtanga Yoga system and Hatha Yoga in the tradition of Sage Gorakhshanath.
Uttanasana (Forward Fold)
- stand in Tadasana with your hands on your hips. Exhale and bend forward from the hip joints, not from the waist.
- with your knees straight, bring palms or finger tips to the floor slightly in front of or beside your feet. If this isn’t possible, cross your forearms and hold your elbows.
- Press the heels firmly into the floor and lift the sitting bones toward the ceiling. Turn the top thighs slightly inward.
Vrkasana (Tree pose)
- stand in Tadasana, keeping your feet firm on the floor
- draw your right foot up and place it against the inner left thigh
- square your pelvis and lengthen tailbone toward the floor
- bring your hands in front of your chest in prayer mudr
For some people presence comes easy. But, for those of us who spend more time in our heads than not, the process can be difficult.
Being grounded means being fully in the moment. Not allowing the distractions of the past or the possibilities of the future get in the way, your mind is still and you are completely focused.
Can you recall a time when you felt that way?
When I first started practicing presence I experienced boredom. Being in the now can be quiet and uncomfortable when you’re use to drama.
Our lives leave very little time to be in the moment. But if you can find a space, even if it’s only a few seconds to connect with what’s happening in your world at this present moment your life will flow more effectively.
The beginning of the process is always difficult. Our thoughts don’t always go away so easily, it takes time to remember. And once we get there, we have a blank slate, we can erase tapes, false stories and memories based on our past and develop new stories about who we are from moment to moment.
Find the rituals that keep you in the moment. They can be simple, they can be complicated. By consciously practicing becoming grounded, we are able to more frequently come from this state. Like most everything, the more you do it, the easier it becomes.
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Thursday Feb.21 thru March 28
$10 single class $7 students and seniors
628 S 16th St Philadelphia, PA 19146
Take a break from the hustle-and-bustle of daily life and melt into a well-crafted Vinyasa yoga class with a healthy dose of humor and heart. This open class is designed to take yogis of all shapes, sizes and colors through breath work, meditation and asana while honoring the divinity that rests at the core of this practice.
Beginners welcome, some mats available. Bring water and a light heart. For more information e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org