3-Week Morning Challenge: Grow your Lotus
Morning Practice dedicated to Padmasana, the Lotus Pose with Amanda Morelli
Oct 15-Nov 02, 2018
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Padmasana is the archetypal yoga pose and a great metaphor for the unfolding process of yoga itself. It gives various physical benefits: increases circulation in the lumbar spine, nourishes and tones the abdominal organs, strengthens the ankles and legs, and increases flexibility in the hips. More than this, it’s a powerful heart opener and like no other asana gives a deep sense of calmness, rootedness, stability and natural alignment. When mastered it quiets the brain and draws your awareness inside, transforming the body in the silent abode of the soul. Helpful in the practice of pranayama and meditation, it can be combined with other asanas in the advanced practice. Over the 3-week challenge we will focus on building strength in the knees, opening the hips and making the ankles and feet flexible. Padmasana is an advanced pose and should be practiced carefully to avoid knee injuries.
The course is not suited for yogis with knee problems.
– Anatomy: feet and ankles
– Basic exercises to strengthen and soften the feet
– Basic exercises to strengthen and structurally balance ankles and knees
– Basic exercises to strengthen and open the hips
– The art of sitting: roots and growth in seated postures
– Anatomy: knees and hips
– Anatomical patterns in hip openers
– Asana practice for padmasana
– Ardha padmasana
– Padmasana as the archetypical asana: about the meaning of asana and seated posture in the history of yoga
– Ardha padmasana and padmasana in the asana practice – advanced*
– Pranayama and meditation in ardha padmasana or padmasana
Amanda Morelli is a cultural anthropologist and is passionate about oriental studies. She has been practicing yoga since childhood. In 2011 she began teaching hatha yoga in Berlin. Her yoga practice is both precise and deep, creative and cross-pollinated by symbolisim, subtle hints of physiology and an attuned awareness of anatomy. Great importance is given to the integration of movement and breath, the development of self awareness, and having respect for oneself and one’s body as the basis of a practice where every posture is vivified by the light of consciousness.