Through an opening to grace, creating space in our bodies, we found the stability to lead to freedom in standing poses, hand balances and backbends. Fluidity and poise led the way through hip openers, forward bends and spinal twists.
According to Gina, Anusara founder John Friend found a common denominator in all of these postures. The principles in Anusara are universal and apply not only to asana practice but also to everything we do in life.
So we turned our shins in to create inner spiral, tucking our tailbones, allowing the balance of inner and outer spiral to create Mulabandha and space, yes, space to expand out organically in each posture. You can really feel that space in something simple like Uttanasana.
Anusara has a way of allowing you to wake your body up through expansion. Clarity of intention took us deeper, and many in the class found a new feeling in familiar postures.
I always take a small twist before Janu Sirsasana, but I didn’t know that Janu Sirsasana is actually an asymmetrical, twisting forward bend.
We talked about the psoas muscle. When the psoas is weakened or tight, it diminishes our vitality. Just another great reason to practice. And by the way, the back body opens us up to the universal Self. Curious now? Visit one of Gina’s classes, seminars or teacher trainings to find out more about this
Gina has been practicing yoga since 1999. She was certified by John Friend, founder of Anusara Yoga, to teach Anusara in 2006—a long and involved process that takes years of dedication, patience, love and study. She teaches regularly at Atlanta Yoga Shala. Visit Gina’s website at www.yogafive.com for more information on her inspirational workshops, classes, teacher trainings and private yoga sessions.