Update

All classes are now cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation.

Stay safe and well. As I said to my last class, keep washing your hands, namaste-ing, laughing, humming and relaxing. (those last three all said to be good for immune system).

Look out for quotes (and/or top tips I come across) that I hope to be adding while I still have access to internet.

 

Yoga

I seriously should have mentioned and explained proprioceptors to my students years ago! (See last week’s post on the subject). What a difference it has made to Warrior II arms!!

[When I asked one group if they had heard of proprioceptors they asked if it was another virus!]

Yoga

“We’re going to start today’s class with a headstand.” I announced to my Age UK class yesterday. There was a collective gasp of horror.

However, (having just encouraged them to read the Facts and Symptoms about Coronavirus) I quickly explained that it would be a mental headstand. One to turn the current situation on its head and take a look at things from a different angle.

Our mental headstand was the following poem: A Smile For You

“Smiling is infectious, you catch it like the flu,/ when someone smiled at me today I started smiling too./ I passed around the corner and someone saw my grin/and when he smiled I realised I’d passed it on to him./ I thought about that smile, and realised its worth,/ a single smile just like mine could travel round the earth./ So, if you feel a smile begin, don’t leave it undetected/ let’s start an epidemic quick, and get the world infected!”

And in keeping with the positive slant to the lesson I incorporated some immune boosting humming and a variation on the loving kindness meditation:

“May I be happy, may I be healthy, may I be peaceful, may I be safe.”                     

(Then think of someone you love/care about, or several someones and say:

“May they be happy, may they be healthy, may they be peaceful, may they be safe.”

(And think in turn of:- people you know; people you don’t know; all the people in the world; all the creatures of the land, sea and sky; and of Planet Earth itself; For each group in turn say the second sentence. Feel free to use visualisation.)

It’s a great practice to do when life seems overwhelming. A proactive way of feeling like you are doing something useful and, in the process, calming yourself down.

Laughter

The immune boosting session went well, with chest massage warm ups and tarzan taps and humming. Thanks to coronavirus some new greetings laughs have been added to the repertoire – the elbow greeting, the foot greeting and the ‘bottom bump’.

Indian Dance

It’s taken 6 years to learn to move my eyebrows independently. The rest of the class last night wanted to know how I did it. A lot of it is ‘thinking’ the movement. Imagining it moving when it stubbornly refuses to physically do it. Then leave it for a while (weeks/months/years) and not worry about it. Then see someone else actually do it. And then try again. And think. And leave. And try again. And again. And again.

My teacher says it’s possible to move them in a wave like motion.

A fellow student has challenged me to wiggle my eyebrows, wiggle my ears and whistle. All at the same time!

Laughter

Tomorrow’s laughter session will have a focus on immune boosting activities. And there will be no hand shaking!!

For anyone not coming along to experience the full session, I will leave you with the advice to hum!

Yoga

Tuesday’s class were interested to learn about proprioception this week. This is the awareness of your body and movement in space. We have neurons in our joints and muscles that tell us how they are positioned and what they are doing.

Proprioception is what is at work when you are in warrior II and can’t see what you’re back arm is doing, but you can maintain it’s position at shoulder height. When you are doing the chair twist with one leg up on the chair seat with your body turned towards the wall you can use your proprioception skills to keep the knee straight forward and not rolling in towards the wall as you turn.

Proprioception is a useful movement/bodywork skill. Like any other skill it can be developed with practice.