söndag 2 augusti 2009

Workshop With Dena Kingsberg

Today was the first day of a week long workshop with Dena Kingsberg at my shala in Stockholm. She has two classes of 2,5 hours every morning, and I am going to the earlier one. I was a bit worried about getting up at 5 am, but this morning it went fine. We´ll see during the week how it feels. I start working tommorrow, so it might get a bit tougher then. Also, today my throat is feeling really soar, so we will see what happens. Bloody unlucky to get sich when somehting like this is happening. But, this whole year seems to be about realizing that nothing ever turns out the way you predict and hope for.

Anyways, it was a great class. She held a led class, focusing on elongating the spine. Before getting into any pose, it is important to first elongate the spine (using the badhas to help), then twist or bend or fold. If not, the vertebraes can be compressed, and that might cause probelms in the long run. The arms and legs are used as a tool to help the body understand to suck in the belly and elongate the spine. Even withou arms and legs she said, we can still do yoga. Everything important is in the torso.

She said one nice thing(well several, but here is one): there is no use in trying to impress people with trying to reach further that you can. The people that are worth impressing are not impressed, and the people not worth impressing don´t understand, and therefore there is no use in impressing them either!

The idea of the practice is to remove obstacles; physical obstacles in the body, obstacles in the nadis that inhibit the flow of prana and mental obstacles that inhibit you to see things as they really are.

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