First Encounter with Grasshopper

Last weekend (July 7-8, 2012), I attended Alexandria Crow’s Workshop in Urban Ashram Manila. Saturday’s topic was about Understanding Sun Salutations and Exploring Fundamentals of Standing Poses. Although, I’ve attended so many workshops that deal with Sun Salutation out there, still I know there’s always something new out there.  In my practice, I do a lot of Sun Salutations and sometimes it can become very monotonous. If you do things again and again, there’s a possibility to take it for granted. And I did and I still do take my practice for granted sometimes. Okay, most of the time actually. There are more days when I do my practice with my mind flying all over the place rather than in my breath. Thus, I really enjoy attending these workshops as I am reminded to practice with more awareness, to experiment a bit, to change the way I usually do things, and best of all it really just levels up my practice. I especially love it because not only do I get to practice under such fantastic teachers, but I get to do things I normally won’t even try doing it on my own. There is this level of trust that you know they can help you get into a scary pose by just listening to them. Most of the time, you’ll be amaze that you’re in the pose already and you wonder how you get there. 😀

Alex led us through a strong vinyasa class leading to Bakasana (Crow Pose),  Parivrtta Urdhva Dandasana (Grasshoper, I could have sworn this is a Dragonfly pose…. hmmm), Eka Pada Galavasana (flying crow pose), and Adho Mukha Vrksasana (handstand) on the wall.

Wahhh… that was a great class!!! I got to do my first Grasshoper pose and  Flying Crow pose. It is exhilarating getting to do something I won’t normally try. I’m pretty cautious with my body now after feeling pain in my back from doing a bad back bends. It really boost up your energy doing these amazing poses.


Parivrtta Urdhva Dandasana (Grasshoper Pose)