Anyone who has ever attended one of my public classes and heard me try to mimic Lionel Richie’s “Hello, is it me you’re looking for?” during a particularly intense hip opening pose knows quite well that I am not a very good singer. In fact, I didn’t make the cut in the 6th grade Glee Club tryouts because I had a really hard time singing the harmony part. Every time the choir conductor walked near me, I’d get nervous and my voice would decay into the melody part instead of staying with the notes I’d been given. How is this in any way related to yoga? If you stick with the practice long enough, you realize that it has more to do with music than physical exercise. You engage the rhythm of the breath and you harmonize the limbs in order to unleash a particular melody in the spine that, ironically enough, produces a sublime silence in the mind. And the best part of this musical endeavor is that it is so primal, so natural that it belongs to all of us human beings and cannot possibly result in expulsion from a choral group, or even from American Idol.
Check out our newest release, Harmonize, and you will be able to hear inside yourself this universal song that I am attempting to describe. As elementary as the poses might first appear, each one offers you an opportunity to coordinate the actions of your legs in order to elongate the sides of your waist. Level 1 students will find greater stability in standards like Triangle Pose and Side Angle Pose, while Level 2 and 3 students will uncover new layers of subtlety and richness in these same shapes. The basic technique and intent remains the same: make one of your legs Paul Simon and the other one Art Garfunkel and your lower back will end up feeling groovy. Just remember to slow down and not move to fast; you’ve got to make the moment last. Hope you enjoy!