Posts Tagged ‘Hanumanasana’

Day 21 Portland-Yoga Union-Todd & Annie

Annie and Todd

Annie and Todd

An undeniable by-product of takin’ a most excellent adventure to 100 yoga studios in 100 days is growin’ as ya go…and so it was at our two hour “Freestyle Flow” class as the YoYos not only opened their hips,  but opened their minds under the guiding eyes of Todd Vogt and Annie Adamson, owners of Yoga Union.  This talented team of super-cool, super-hip yogis has created a joyful yoga community offering its SE neighborhood a perfect space to practice “off the charts” yoga.

Hunuman - The Monkey God

Hunuman - The Monkey God

These “in sync” partners began their distinctive class in a BIG circle, so warm and welcoming that the YoYos felt like breakin’ into a rousin’ rendition of Kumbaya. Instead, this imaginative teaching team chose to lead a beautiful chant – as Annie followed by telling a most eye-widening tale about Hanuman-the Monkey God, renown for his courage, power and faithful selfless service. Cleverly, she continued to drip this mischievous story throughout the class, timed perfectly just as the mind started that “O dear God!” dialogue – which there were plenty of, in this powerfully potent and exciting practice. 

Yoga Union

Yoga Union

Just smilin’away, our engaging duo explained (or warned -depending on your POV) that the focus of today’s class, was hanumanasana (named after the Monkey God-they are clever), commonly known as the dreaded SPLITS.  The YoYos, not exactly excited about workin’ their crotch to the floor, allowed themselves to just breathe as our gifted team masterfully led the class; sequentially opening every piece of connective tissue, muscle and bone. First one engaging teacher leading while the other adjusted and then the other, back and forth, ensuring every yogi in this totally focused class was personally guided to their perfect asana. Slow, specific instruction and easy to follow teensy-weensy adjustments… made this class a power house…and a whole lotta fun!  Light hearted and lots ‘o laughs; serious openings were created as this dynamic duo worked their magic.  The YoYos love these two and the personal attention they gave to every yogi in this, “learning so much… can I sign up?… can’t wait to come back”, class.

Ravenous Yo Yos at Papa G's

Ravenous Yo Yos at Papa G's

So hungry after our most excellent Yoga Union- yogic adventure, we made a mature decision to breathe rather than eat the upholstery off the car seats.  Feelin’ kin to the Donner Party, we dashed over to Papa G’s, a quintessential P-Town, organic, vegan, “grown from local farms” deli. Decisions…Decisions – will it be the outrageous organic salad bar, a “from another planet good”- hot entree, or something on the menu of endless sandwiches??? At this point, one of everything will do. We met up with the YoYo’s “always up for free lunch and good laughs” full grown child (aka YoYoBarbie)…and ate everything that didn’t eat us…and it was GOOD!

 

  

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Day 90 San Diego-CPY-Kai Trinh


Peace does not mean there is no noise, trouble or hard work…

it simply means there is calmness in the heart.


Sittin’ with crossed legs, closed eyes and deep breath, tryin’ to locate those “groundin’ into Mother Earth”, sitz bones; Kai Trinh opened our Core 2 class with this “user-friendly” definition of “Peace” at CorePower Yoga Hillcrest.

Kai Trinh

Kai Trinh

How happy the blissful YoYos were to realize that the blarrin’ noise of honkin’ horns that seemingly follow the YoYoYogimobile, the trouble of findin’ a perfect, dog friendly spot for the “terminal case of separation anxiety” Ru and the hard work of 90 consecutive YoYo butt kickin’ classes; could not disturb the peace, love and happiness we were feelin’ in this 100 degree space packed with smilin,’ happy yogis who come to this yoga powerhouse to chisel their body and experience that sometimes illusive, calmness of heart.

Knowin’ Kai had trained in the “most excellent” classrooms of Annie Carpenter and Lisa Wolford at Santa Monica’s renowned Yogaworks, and for years, has increased his vast knowledge at CorePower Yoga while masterfully teachin’ eager students and blossomin’ instructors; the “humbly admittin’, developin’ an eye for the excellent” YoYos knew, our San Diego adventure just wouldn’t be complete without inclusion of this stalwart studio and talented teacher.

Open Heart~Calm Mind

Open Heart~Calm Mind

Hangin’ on for dear life in this steamy, sweatin’, mat on mat class, this “take no prisoners” instructor, began at our psychedelic Yogitoes and worked up to our soakin’ wet eyeballs in this feel-good flow, ensurin’ that every “up for the challenge” yogi was thoroughly primed for the deepest, stretchiest, hanumanasana (monkeypose splits) in their seasoned history. Throughly wrung out and worked through, it never ceases to amaze us how just one mere hour of perfectly led CorePower Yoga can so completely challenge these YoYo bodies and clear the muddled path of our now peaceful mind.

Standin’ like a beacon of light for the embarrassingly pourin’ YoYos, the signature alter of the sparklin’ CorePower Yoga shower stood at the ready… rinsin’ away what we no longer needed – makin’ way for a most excellent half-moon lit, San Diego night.

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