Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Last night Amanda and I went to the 7pm class. We’ve been a little discouraged as one of our favourite teachers isn’t teaching the 7pm class anymore. We both felt we were JUST getting close with her.
Megan’s class was amazing. She had a way of relaxing me more than any teacher before. I always enjoyed her class for one of the simplest reasons, the lights were off. This totally changes the practice, the flow, and the energy. It isn’t for all people. It’s a more relaxing inner self concentration rather than a powerful yoga flow. Amanda and I have assisted with Megan’s class and we really got to know her as a person, not just a teacher. We really started to like her. She was completely open with us, gave us a lot of pointers and was always 100% behind our practice, teaching and learning experiences.
Amanda and I went to the 7pm class not knowing what to expect. This changes our whole flow of the week. However, we had to remember that one day soon we’ll be the new teachers and we’ll need the support of the community to make it through. We came into the VERY hot room. I glanced at the thermostat already at 35. At the front of the room there was a charka poster on the wall. A beautiful RAINBOW of colours and Sanskrit symbols. The class was quite full. Diana came in and mentioned that tonight’s class was a little different and we were all in for a big surprise. She was going to lead us through a chakra flow, opening and balancing every charka. She described the poster behind her. Amanda looked over at me and asked “did you know about the rainbow??” I smiled. Amanda knows how much rainbows mean to me and have affected my life. Now...this just makes it more special!
Diana explained that we would be opening each chakra by getting our bodies into a specific posture and chanting to release and balance the energy. The first chakra, the root chakra, connects to the structural force of our bodies, our connection to the earth, and the energy of manifestation within us. Physiologically, our bones, muscles, legs, feet, and gonads are connected to this energy.
In hatha yoga, strengthening exercises, standing postures, and poses which open the pelvic area stimulate the first chakra. Warrior 1, Triangle and Tree. In this posture, we chanted “lum” to attract and increase. We moved up the body opening all 7chakras, with postures and chanting each Bija Mantra corresponding with that chakra. After we got to the crown, we worked our way back down.
This was one of the most interesting classes I have ever been to. I have never experienced something like this and it was nice to change it up…and learn more! Diana mentioned she has never done this before and her classes aren’t like this, but she really wanted to share this with us. I look forward to going to her class again.
There is deep wisdom within our very flesh, if we can only come to our senses and feel it. ~Elizabeth A. Behnke