Photo: Master teacher, B.K.S Iyengar, in Vrschikasana
With all of that being said, I have decided to structure my Sunday 2 hr advanced group practice like this. For an entire month, we work on the same peak pose. This means, we usually get at least 4 classes to practice working toward something new or refining a pose we can already do. This month our project is Scorpian, or Vrschikasna. I chose this pose because many folks associate advanced yoga with this pose, due to marketing and/or high volume of use in photography, etc. Many people have seen this pose, but don't know how to work it without a wall or a friend to spot. Its a hard pose that requires both strength and flexibility. This is the perfect pose to project in this class. Each week, I lead the group through a new sequence designed to target a specific action or shape within this pose. By the end of the month, my hope is that we all have the tools needed to project this pose. Some will nail the pose within 4 classes, some will need months or even years. The point is, we all roll out our mats every Sunday and practice working hard and staying focused. Its a different way to practice.
I will do my best to post our sequences every week, so if you miss a class you can have the sequence to work with at home. Also for those who aren't in St. Louis who would like play along. If you have questions/feedback/suggestions please don't hesitate to comment on my blog or email me. I would love to hear how this is going for you.