Sharath said my feet were still too close when we do backbend dips and demonstrated how far apart he wanted my feet which is pretty wide.
Sharath is steadily moving people’s times up so there were definitely more people in the Shala but it was still pretty chill.
My takeaways, in my own words, from Lakshmish’s Hatha Yoga Pradipika class at KPJAYI
- The first limb of Yoga we should practice is Asana. It makes the body healthy so that the other limbs of Yoga are more attainable.
- The first four limbs are external. Last 4 are internal. The first four make the last 4 possible.
- It is important for a yogi to control their sexual energies. Makes kundalini awakening more accessible. Yoga Mala by Pattabhi Jois explains how to do it.
- Paschimatanasana, Padmasama, Mayurasana, Ardha Matsyandrasana are all good for the liver.
Shanna Small has been practicing Ashtanga Yoga and studying the Yoga Sutras since 2001. She has studied in Mysore with Sharath Jois and is the Director of AYS Charlotte, a school for traditional Ashtanga in Charlotte NC. She has written for Yoga International and the Ashtanga Dispatch. Go here for more information on AYS Charlotte. For information on workshops, please e-mail email@example.com.