Land, Aid, Justice

I’ve been getting involved in a network called Artists for Kidapawan, which you can read more about here. This Sunday I’ll be doing a yoga class by donation for drought-affected farmers as part of Pagsibol’s fundraiser. Here is my sequence and some thoughts on the flow.

Try it with an intention to renew your relationship to the earth, or in dedication to a farmer!

Tell me how it goes :)


*Relationship to what gives us life

Table top with heel kicking back, stability and groundedness, right then left
Repeat with transition to 3-legged dog

Uttanasana roll up to Tadasana
Utkatasana planting rice

Vinyasa like a prayer of devotion between poses

Vira 1- acknowledge the earth and sky and yoga as union of opposites
Twisted lunge, grounding through hand and touching the sky
High lunge- Sprout and rise
Plant seeds, Vira 3- effort with ease

*Relationship to each other/solidarity not charity

Utkatasana- acknowledge our position, our role
Twist- towards another
Trikonasana- noticing how we push down through our feet and let go with the torso and arms, ground in our own reality (reflexivity) and allow ourselves to go beyond and into the unknown of another’s reality
Half moon- courage!
Pyramid pose- devotional and solid
Tree pose- growing outward from deep roots

*Relationship with the past/future

Vira 2- note the warrior archetype
Reverse Warrior- when we don’t know the answer ask
Side angle pose- reaching forward and grounding back
Prasarita Paddotanasana- towards turning things around with crown of head on a block/floor to headstand
Parighasana- being an example, a gate for others to see

Ustrasana (two sets)- vulnerability
Vajrasana 3 breaths

Downward dog
Eka pada rajakapotasana- surrender to the present moment where our highest selves reside
Viparita karani



Ardha Chandrasana with heart opener

Courage to be me!   Encourage you to be you!

This week I’ve been practicing courage on the mat and as a teacher.  The word courage comes from the Latin cor and the French coeur which means HEART!

In the yogic tradition, the heart centre anahata chakra is where we find balance between our life purpose and our embodied nature rooted in our individual needs, desires and innate capacities.  It is where we acknowledge vulnerability in ourselves and strive to CONNECT with others on that basis!  Opening the heart is being courageous enough to be you, right now, just as you are.

As a new teacher I’m still working on holding sacred space, finding my authentic voice, and guiding others.  For me, this means finding the COURAGE to go beyond the asana, to realize teaching moments where I can en’courage’ others towards their highest selves.  Beyond the mat and into the world!

Try this heart-opening sequence and let me know what came up for you!


Sitting meditation and set intention to connect to what you love about yourself

Sitting side stretches- hips up heart open (2x)

Cat-Cow (4x)- Downdog-step fwd and roll up Tadasana


Ardhva hastasana with back bend- Uttanasana

Anjaneyasana- Ardha hanumanasana   (2x)


Dogsplit- Runner’s lunge- Side plank with back bend- Hip joint mandala

Balasana- step fwd – Goddess pose with Gomukhasana arms, fold forward

Prasarita paddotanasana (come fwd to balls of feet, courage!)- Downdog


Cat- cow /with tiger tail


Dogsplit- Standing split- Utkatasana-twist open arms

Trikonasana- Half moon (float onto/past fingers- courage!)


Locust A, B

Dhanurasana- Parsva dhanurasana


Dog split- Standing split- Utkatasana- twist open arms

Lunge twist- drop knee Anjaneyasana- quad stretch

Ardha hanumanasana with twist- Downdog

Half moon with backbend

Tadasana for 5 breaths



Double pigeon


Supta knee to chest- knee to armpit

Jathara twists- Happy baby