Today was my fourth day of yoga in room #304 and when I entered the room, I immediately felt a great connection to my students. There it was, right on the daily schedule “yoga with Eve: 9AM”. I was greeted cheerfully by the room’s staff and the students came up to me individually to say hello. Room 304 is very peaceful and there is a definite feeling of kindness and respect.
I presented some new elements today and we dove in enthusiastically. The students were smiling and laughing and really enjoying themselves.
Class started by creating the “heart mudra” (Mudra is a potent hand positions or finger-posture that profoundly influences and focuses the body’s energy). You start with the “om mudra” (thumbs and pointer fingers joined in a circle) bring your middle fingers to touch and then taking the circle of the right hand (middle fingers pointing down) touch your heart. There we did 3 large relaxing breaths. The second breathing exercise was hands relaxed, cupped inside each other, on our laps and on our inhale we sat up a little more upright and then with our exhale, we relaxed and slouched a little.
Lying down, we did full body stretches with our feet pointing towards the center of the room and our arms stretched over head and reaching towards the outer walls. Next, we pulled our legs in, and gave ourselves a big yoga hug. Holding our right leg, we stretched it to the ceiling for a gentle hamstring stretch and then rolled our ankles both clockwise and counter clockwise. We then repeated that n the left leg and then one more legs in hug.
Rock and Roll to sit up
Seated forward bend
Reverse Table Top
Star Pose and opposite hand to foot windmill (hand would reach down to foot)