I have been pretty much obsessed, to be truthful. I have been devouring yoga magazines religiously, and have acquired a considerable amount of hardcore yoga reading material, including Kino MacGregor's lastest, various Iyengar classics, yoga philosophy favourites, as well as yoga anatomy references.
I have also gathered up courage to rejoin society. Yoga society, that is. You see, up till last month, I have been practising all on my lonesome, with my best friends: YouTube and Yoga Journal. I have to say, they have served me very well. In fact, so well, that one of the teachers I have been going to lately commented that I have "a very lovely traditional practice". Cue Dance of Joy...
Balki Bartokomous and Cousin Larry - weren't they just the funniest! I digress.
So, I've signed up at a new yoga studio that's opened round the corner from where I live, called Samsara Mind and Body, a fabulous little place that's given me the opportunity to lesson with some really amazing teachers...
Naz Khakoo is an amazing teacher with a truly heartfelt practice. Her style of yoga is known as Hridaya Yoga, where the focus is on engaging and exploring the Heart chakra. She is encouraging, nurturing, and ever so in tune with her students. It is an absolute pleasure just to be in her presence.
Michaela Olexova is another amazing teacher I have had the honour and pleasure to practise with. Her style of yoga is called Baoli Yoga, and it involves a slow, contemplative flow (which by all means breaks you into a sweat even if it doesn't look like your'e doing much), rounded off with a meditation topped with Reiki. How fabulous is that!!
I also had a taste of a rigorous Vinyasa flow class courtesy of Austin Ince, whose animated, chatty style proved effective, 'coz you don't realise how much work you are actually doing, until sweat starts dripping off you and onto your mat.
And yesterday, I had my first ever session with the great Mark Kan, whose sessions are known as Dharma Mittra yoga, a style that is pensive and very challenging, based on the wisdom of the yogi Sri Dharma Mittra. What can I say - you know how you take a piece of meat and tenderise it with a studded hammer...? Yep, that's how my body is feeling. But I've got to hand it to the guy. 'Coz he got me into Full Pigeon, and Pincha Mayurasana! And this is without any pulling or pushing. He is ever so gentle with his cues and instructions, it is just mind-blowing. I was absolutely gobsmacked - with myself, his unassuming, quiet, yet super-effective ways... Happy is I!!
|Full Pigeon (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana)|
|Feathered Peacock (Pincha Mayurasana)|
So, for good measure, here is Mark Kan in action. So inspiring! *happy sigh*
*Update/13 Sep* I have not been able to Pincha Mayurasana on my own since... :S. But I shall persevere... :)