Don’t worry I have not gone all Chinese calendar on you. Nor is this the Yogic equivalent of that Dionne Warwick classic “Trains and Boats and Planes”. Nope I have not gone all musical on you either.
It’s a little sequence I stumbled upon during my recent Freestyle event. These evenings take quite a bit of planning. Picking the music playlist is critical and takes a while. Sometimes months, to perfect, but it is so worth it if the group really looses themselves in the music. To make it extra challenging I usually like to try to find a theme too. Something to tie all the tracks. This is the really hard part. As I type I am listening to the next Freestyle playlist searching for ideas….. but I digress.
I have been working on my Monkey (Splits) pose for some time now. Well to be honest ever since I started yoga many years ago. Now I can get my butt to a block and both legs relatively straight, it feels a little more like the pose. A little less like a freeze frame impression of a track and field hurdler.
Half Hanumanasana (first step towards the freeze frame hurdler position) is there, of course, for those of us with tight hamstrings and hips. But as Marvin Gaye might have put it “ain’t nothing like the real thing babe”. Oh maybe I have gone all musical on you.
Freestyle gets me deeper than any other yoga I practice. Something about the lighting and ambiance just makes it special. So as I zone out in my own little world, sequences just happen. I found myself in Monkey pose, as you do, and I moved to Cow face pose with my arms. It felt pretty good and was a reason to stay a little longer in Monkey. I teach a Cow to Eagle (arms) sequence quite often. So Eagle arms naturally came next. The icing on the cake, though, was a forward fold over the front leg whilst in eagle with the arms. It felt really good.
Next time you are in class with me I’ll show you. We can do it together perhaps
“Hey hey we the Monkees” or is that:-
- Proudest Monkey – Dave Mathews Band
- Monkey Gone to Heaven – The pixies
- Part man Part Monkey – Bruce Springsteen
- Monkey in your Soul – Steely Dan
- Monkey Man – The Rolling Stones
- Monkey – George Michael
- Too Much Monkey Business – Chuck Berry
- The Smartest Monkeys – XTC
In reality I am probably really
- Half Ass Monkey Boy – Mother Love Bone
Now if I could just think of a theme for this new play list 🙂