Since the shelter orders, my alarm has been set for 7am but i rarely use it. I seem to wake up right before 6am, just about every day. Some days I go back to sleep and get re-woken by the alarm.
I want to get something off my chest..
Before the pandemic hit, I was entertaining 3 different non-profit ideas. One of them was close to formation.. well, closer to formation than the other two.
You see, after the tornado hit Dallas in October 2019, I volunteered at my daughter's school. They took a direct hit. There was the chaos that follows a disaster. The faculty and staff needed to decompress and self-care, so I stepped up. I brought a group of ladies to help as well. After our 3 months of volunteering, the ladies got a contract to continue providing yoga for the school. The school now has a permanent yoga program due to our efforts. I was the one who got the ball rolling. If I could do this at one school, I could possibly do it with hundreds of other schools in town.
After we find a good treatment or prevention for this novel COVID-19 virus, my intentions are to form a non-profit business that brings healing yoga and meditation to teachers and staff at elementary through high schools in all the districts. We will train and certify our yoga teachers in our method. Our method produces results. We will also place certified kids yoga teachers where there is a need.
My for-profit business is the online yoga and meditation channels. I want to use a portion of the funds from the for profit business to fund the non-profit business.
If this works out, and I get enough paid subscribers, I would like to do something special for my subscribers on the regular. I was thinking about renting out a hotel ballroom and hosting a weekend yoga retreat for 108 people. My online subscribers would get to attend for free or just pay a nominal fee to help me cover costs. What if we did that annually in Dallas and other places? Gaylord Texan? Any ideas?
Four, 2-hour workshops designed to give beginners a jump start by reviewing the fundamentals of vinyasa yoga practice, i.e. correct breathing, 3 body locks (bandha), and the theory and practice of drishti.
We will break down the 10-step Sun Salutation A, 18-step Sun Salutation B, and 12-step Classical Sun Salutation along with the alignment and modifications for each posture.
We will end the 4 week series with dissecting "open and closed-hip" standing postures, such as crescent, warrior 1 and 2, side angle, triangle, and revolving side angle and triangle.
We will introduce some applicable anatomy, integrated philosophy and Sanskrit.
Whether you are brand new to the practice or have been doing this for years, this series will undoubtedly take your practice to the next level!
Space is limited to 12. Bring your own mat and water. Props will be provided.
Yoga Alliance CE available. Ask me how!
key points from tonight's part 1 of 3 arm balance and handstands series
Registration is open for the next few trainings:
March - Flight of the Crow (Pose)
April - Intro to Yoga Philosophy
April - 4 week Beginner Series II
April - Roots of Vinyasa Weekend (Ashtanga-based) in Yuma, Arizona
April - Road Trip? I'm teaching a day intensive in Norman, Oklahoma
May - Hosting Andrew Eppler for Day Intensive
I'm super excited about our upcoming arm balance and handstand series! Let's use this board to communicate and share along the way. If you have any questions or requests, please comment below!
If you're new to my shala (yoga school), I'm at 3922 Saint Christopher Lane, Dallas TX 75287, duplex entrance on the right. We begin at 6:30pm sharp. Doors open at 6pm.
See you soon!
Week 1 - Foundations of arm balancing and what to do to get there faster + Basic arm balancing postures
Week 2 - Jedi warm ups and handstands
Week 3 - Handstands and other arm balancing postures
I had an idea to use this blog to communicate since not everyone who's signed up on for the workshop is on social media, and I want to respect your email privacy. I am beginning to reduce my social media consumption as well, and I did it by deleting the IG app from my phone. I am being more present and it's been wonderful!
If you are attending the class this weekend, please comment with what you want to work on or have questions about and I'll create an informative and challenging practice for all of us.
pranamami (i bow)
Srivatsa Ramaswami, one-on-one student of T Krishnamacharya for 33 years. The teacher whom I have learned a most amount of yoga. He's taught me Krishnamacharya's Vinyasa Krama (asana, vinaysa, pranayama), direct translation of ancient texts, e.g. Yoga Sutra, Bhagavad Gita, Samkhya Karika, just to name a few. I have learned a tremendous amount of Sanskrit through this master's blessings.