giving and sharing knowledge
Yoga is a tradition passed from teacher to pupil. The knowledge does not belong to anyone. If you have the knowledge you are a custodian with the responsibility of sharing that knowledge. Enjoy these offerings.
APOLLO POWER YOGA FEBRUARY 2023 MAGAZINE (extracts)
BADDHAS AND BANDHAS WORKSHOP – 4 MARCH, 2 – 4 PM
Sign up now for Baddhas and Bandhas, our workshop this coming Saturday to level up your practice.
This workshop is not just for those who can do all the binding poses but for those who wish to develop techniques and explore what might be possible for them in practice. You are all welcome.
The fee for Baddhas and Bandhas is $40 or $20 for Apollo power Yoga annual members. Register online now or ask your teacher to sign you up when you are in the studio.
SHOULDER STAND POSE
We begin a focus on inversions with a look at shoulder stand. This posture is one of intermediate difficulty. It has some contraindications and, in the event that you experience these, this pose is not for you and you should take an alternative pose. Here is how to do the pose:
- Begin lying on your back. Stretch the back of your neck long and draw your lower jaw straight down towards the floor to engage stability in your neck. This is called jalandhara bandha.
- Do not turn your head or neck while in shoulder stand. To do so, with the degree of weight and force being channeled through this part of your body in shoulder stand, can be dangerous. Keep your neck straight and your gaze straight up at the sky…
WHY WE DO WHAT WE DO AT APOLLO POWER YOGA
For those who have tried practice at Apollo Power Yoga some things will have been apparent. One is that, Relax and Restore classes aside, our practices are not easy. Even in Relax and Restore classes, the length of time in some of the poses has an intensity that creates physical and mental challenges. Another is that some of our students at Apollo Power Yoga are very strong and very capable at the poses and the practice. Further, people notice from our timetable that we offer only three styles of class (Power Vinyasa, Power Pilates, and Relax and Restore) and we do not have classes for “beginners”.
The result is that some people are deterred because they feel they are not capable of practicing at the level at which we operate. They may perceive that they are not good enough to participate in our classes. They may want the classes to be simpler, easier and more accessible for the first-timer or the person just getting started with yoga.
DOES NON-ATTACHMENT MEAN I CANNOT ENJOY ANYTHING?
Non-attachment is an important concept and practice for yoga practitioners. In a world where transience is the one constant and even life itself is ephemeral, attachment to things, to people, to oneself is fraught with the potential for suffering.
Some people in parts of the North Island have had their homes, farmlands, orchards, personal effects and so on obliterated in the flood waters, mud, slips and mayhem of Cyclone Gabrielle. These things were there and now, they are not. But the people go on. Even those who have tragically lost family members or friends in the floods and slips go on. The discontinuity of the people and things around us sits in stark contrast to our continuity – until we, too, are discontinued.
Given the fickleness, the transience and the uncertainty of the things about us, it is not healthy to form too strong an attachment to what is around you…