A Supurb Blurb About Verbs. 

Pure dialogue in a Bikram Yoga class is very precise. Step by step, it tells us what to do, how to do it, and the effect of doing so. Actions that create benefits. It’s a prescription. A path.

The action words are verbs. There are a lot of them. Pull. Kick. Step. Lift. Charge. Change. Be.

Dialogue too, as a word, is a verb.

dīəˌlôɡ 1. take part in a conversation or discussion to resolve a problem.

In class, it is an active conversation. An exchange between us. Back and forth, give and take, call and response.

The exchange is my mind, and your body. You don’t have to think.

Concentrate and meditate.


Posture Tip – Standing Bow Pulling

CHARGE!

We aren’t racing in on horseback to overtake the enemy cavalry. It’s not about speed or momentum.

It’s Strength. Control. Dynamic Tension. 

Work it, the sequence, step by step…

“Charge (strength) your body forward kick your leg back and up (dynamic tension to balance (so you can)), bring your body down UNTIL your abdomen and chest are parallel to the floor.”

When the body is down, the heart rate is up and you’re getting the benefit, so,  “Continuously keep kicking your leg up as hard as possible” (gas pedal).

Try the right way and it works.

“Your foot should be coming up over the top of your head in the mirror. Both feet should be in one line from the side.”

This is not for you.

Sometimes in class you will hear an instruction in the dialogue, and you are already doing that instruction. Then what?

Then, that instruction is not for you. Then, it’s a checklist.

“Hips more forward, upper body back more, weight in the heels.” Check, check, check.

If you were to do, you would overdo.

Don’t overdo.


Posture Tip: Half Moon

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After bending to the right, continuously push your hips to the left beyond your flexibility.

It’s the pushing of the hips that turns bending into tremendous stretching.

At the end of the posture, come down and push, and push, and push…your hips.

Don’t ever bounce, push your hips.