I found day two to be more engaging than day one, and it definitely built upon the lessons of the day before. As I review my notes, I'm struggling with how to describe day two - again, it was that non-linear structure of the class. There was dialog about the spine itself, there was a soap box rant about Desikachar, there was some personal discussion about what people were experiencing in their bodies...lecture was kinda all over the place.
So I'll start with a couple definitions:
Sthira - to stand, be steady, stable; as relates to the spine, protection for the nervous system
Sukha - suk - space, ha - good, good space; as relates to the spine, range and freedom of movement
We again began class with a practice, and this time we did move - it wasn't a lot of movement, it wasn't through a whole slew of postures. It was a very simple, and very challenging warrior sequence. Check it out - I think you can probably find it on YouTube. I will maintain, some of the best asana/vinyasa classes I've been to are the ones who keep it simple. This was simple and challenging.
Again, practice was followed by lecture. Some key points from Tuesdays session were:
- THERE IS NO NORMAL from which we all deviate. Asana doesn't have alignment, people have alignment.
- Alignment is a clear transmission of weight through the bones, though balanced joint space, and this will be different for each person.
- If your joints are talking to you, something is unbalanced and needs to change.
- Use a little movement from a lot of places; ie, it's not "square the hips", it should be turn the torso (shoulders, sternum, ribs, waist...).
- The spine is a neutral seeking mechanism due to the compression and tension inherently built in.
- Working toward a neutral spine is working to uncover the obstructions that already exist.
- There is evidence of wear and tear on the spine as young as 20 years old(!)
- Restriction in the thoracic spin is there to protect our heart and prevent us from ripping our organs apart.
- Roll down the posterior spine, roll up the anterior spine.
Next, Part 3 - Our Articular Selves: Limbs of Locomotion and Evolution