Welcome to November – it’s warm out and the studio is cool.
As we roll on towards the end of the year we’re loving the extended savasanas in class and longer times in cooling poses such as Salamba Sarvangasana -shoulder stand and supported halasana.
This month we hear from one of our youngest students at the Centre, Max, and get the chance to catch up with long-term student Liz following Darrin’s Guest Teaching in September.
This is the last Friends of Marrickville Newsletter for 2015 but that doesn’t mean we don’t want to hear from you. Please do flick us an email letting us know you’re keen to feature in these newsletters and we’ll line it up for next year.
The Team at Friends of Marrickville Yoga
Student Life – Liz
This photograph was taken at a community art project I organised last year for the opening of the new psychiatric wing of Royal Prince Alfred hospital. This project drew together threads of my practice as an artist, particularly my deep commitment to the therapeutic value of art for both practitioner and viewer and how it heals in the area of mental health. The psychology of colour underpins my work. The practice of yoga is also fundamental to my wellbeing. Unable to tolerate medication for bipolar disorder I rely upon diet and lifestyle. Iyengar yoga is an ever renewing gift, integral to my life.
A haiku poem is like a small abstract painting and Darrin’s visit to the studio inspired me to write one for him.
Spring. Parallel toes
back. Perpendicular arc
gentle as prayer.
With great respect.
Meet the Student – Max
I practice yoga at least twice a week, always on Saturdays mornings and normally Thursday evenings. I try to practice as much as I can!
I have been practicing yoga for about 7 months, only taking breaks when I go on holidays. What first encouraged me to take up yoga was my mother who has been practicing yoga for about 10 years now. She eventually persuaded me to go to yoga and I enjoyed it so I took it up permanently and go with her to every class. It’s great fun and I get to go eat at the cafe downstairs afterwards so it’s a win-win.
Yoga has affected me in many ways. I’ve lost weight and become more flexible, not to mention the fact that it’s made me more aware of my body. I’ve started eating healthier and better, too. It also helped me straighten up my posture and get over a minor scoliosis in my back.
The most challenging thing about yoga for me is probably the standing poses. I don’t really have a good centre of gravity and holding my arms outstretched for a long time is quite tiring.
Max helped rehabilitate this little guy who had chronic fear-aggression so he could go to a good home.
OCTOBER BACKBEND WORKSHOP with Simon
As this backbend workshop was my best workshop so far . I am so thankful to Simon to make some of the difficult Asana easy for me . I like doing backbends but I also regard them more diificult and more for experienced yogis but after doing this workshop it has increased my confidence and renewed my interest in back bends . Even I have done backbends with Simon and Hasu so many times but still so many new things I pick up . Once again, hank you Simon
My experience at the backbend workshop was both challenging and rewarding. Although I am relatively new to yoga, the workshop enabled me to build on the positions I’ve learnt in class and encouraged me to move into poses that furthered my abilities. It was also a great learning environment. Simon and other more experienced students were encouraging and supportive. Despite a very stiff and sore body at the end of four days, I am excited to continue building on my backbend practice in class.
I’ve known through my regular practice that I need to lift my chest in backbends, but until the workshop I didn’t understand where that lift could come from. By working in the chair I started to understand the link between my legs and my chest and how that link can help me get the lift I need. Without the supports I would have just kept pushing through and getting nowhere, so getting that understanding is really valuable.
WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE YOGA POSE?
Urdhva Dhanurasana – Sarah El
‘My favourite pose is bridge pose. The first time I ever did it I couldn’t even get up and needed a block . But now I can make a great bridge and hold it for 10 breaths. Success.’