And this morning’s workshop focused on liberating our body. We started the yoga workshop with Gianinna leading the first session which was “Pavamuktasana-Hip & Shoulders Opening”. Gianinna had designed a sequence of poses to open the hips and shoulders and increased the range of motion in these areas. I could feel my hips opening more and more as we go through the poses and being able to bring my hands further back as my shoulder loosen from the tightness that have accumulated there.
The next session was “Jala Vinyasa
Flow” by Raymond. Raymond told us that “Jala” means Water in Sanskrit and in
the session, we explored the breath synchronized movements that focus on
bringing fluidity to the body. The dynamic movements helped to cleanse the
system by stimulating perspiration thus eliminating toxins and the stagnant
energy built up overtime. The session also revived senses and thus allow the
Prana or life force flowing freely like the stream of water permeating every
part of our body.
|Stretching in a side twist in Pigeon pose|
Although there were no hard poses, i.e. arm-balancing or inversion poses, it felt like an advanced yoga class as we were led through a past-faced flow session where we used the breath to go into poses like plank to upward dog and downward dog to one-legged downward dog and it was a relief to go down to child’s pose after a few rounds of those continuous flowing poses.
|Hip-opener and shoulder stretch|
It was then Partner Yoga time and with the help of my partner, my body was thoroughly stretched in the poses. Sharing each other’s energy, we were able to deepen and increase the stretch and impact of the pose. It was also a lesson learned on how to build trust as we worked together to support each other in the poses.
The last session was a Dance session with
Michelle, the owner of the studio, Arte E’ Vida where the yoga workshop was
held. Michelle led us through two Axe Zumba dance
routines which were energetic and fun. It
was a nice surprise to the workshop as it provided us with an opportunity to
let go of our inhibitions as we laughed and danced away to the heart-pumping music
and by the end of the session, we were all exhausted and thoroughly drenched in
Namaste Raymond and Gianinna for the awesome workshop!