The last asana I’ve been focussing on in class is upward-facing dog (urdhva mukha svanasana). Several people have told me they had never actually been given any instruction regarding this asana, which just got called out as part of vinyasa. So, although they had transitioned through this pose lots of times before, they had actually just muddled through it. I really enjoy movement and, therefore, vinyasa-based yoga, but this is one of the reasons why I also like to hold poses. It gives me a chance to access the details both in doing and in perceiving. Keeping the awareness when I am in action is a greater challenge than when I’m still, be it while flowing through asanas or while moving through life.

PS: This week I will deal with the chaturanga to upward-facing dog transition in my classes, by public demand :)

Thanks to all my students at Yoga Hub Berlin, who inspire me with their practice.

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