Thursday, July 19, 2007

Help of Ojai Class 1, Wednesday 1:30pm

I am offering a 6 week course at Help of Ojai for the Seniors of our community. This spring, I had the good fortune of assisting under Tucker Adams during her 6 week course and now I get the chance to teach one.

Alana is assisting me. Her presence is critical to the success of the class as it is big and multi layered.

Start Supine with Knees bent and resting into each other and feet wide.
Hands on Belly.
Brought attention to breath and attempted to share 3 part breathing.

(This was not so successful. Many of the women are frozen in their breath and you can see that the belly barely moves at all. I am excited to learn how to teach this).

Knees to Chest, rock gently side to side.
One knee into chest, other foot on floor with knee bent. Allow knee to move away and come towards you with breath coordination.
Hip rotation awareness
Reverse Pigeon (aka Eye of the Needle)
Rest with legs extended

Repeat other side

Supine Hamstring Stretch with Straps
Towards Face, Out to Side, and Abdominal

Repeat other side

Roll up to sitting

Baddha Konasana Tailbone Awareness

Come to Standing
(This is so hard in this group. Getting up and down off the floor is a major deal. I did not instruct how to get up, just watched to learn).

Easy Side Stretch
Hands Clasped Behind back (too hard without strap)
Forward Fold

Easy Side Stretch (with a little more extension)
Eagle arm shoulder stretch (too hard)
Forward Fold

Breath Awareness
1/4 Sun Salutations

Forward Fold
Squat (offered this to see what we were working with)

Back to Floor
Easy Spinal Twist

An hour flies by with this group. But I feel like I was able to introduce the concepts that I am going to be building off of. The hip rotation, the tailbone and the breath. Alana suggested that we take more time to make sure every one's mat and situation is organized cuz otherwise it looks and feels like chaos. So sweet to have help. While class was simple, feels like it could be one or two shades simpler.

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