Day 1 at RIMYI

1 Jan

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Class started at 7am with Prashant. We arrived  with ten minutes to spare, of course all spaces were taken by this point, but somehow we managed to squeeze in right at the back. January is the busiest month at the institute and the room was packed. Among the students were Rajiv and Swati Chanchani. We started with cross legs twist, bharadvajasana, rope sirsasana, trikonasana, parsva uttitha hasta padangustasana, parsva upavista konasana and ended with a choice of Viparita Karani, setu bandha or janu sirsasana. Poses were held for a long time. The focus of the class was Prashant’s discourse on joining mind, body, breath in the asana and creating a good strong network of communication in the body. We did trikonasana from the shoulder blade, the diaphragm and the pelvic floor. We should be able to start from any point and through that strong network communicate throughout the body. Very little (if any) instruction was given on the physical work in the asana and no corrections were given.

After class was the personal practice session, where students are free to use the hall and equipment for their own practice. Without my noticing Guruji made his entrance into the hall and began his practice on the backbender with the assistance of Abijata. How amazing to share the same practice space!

Later we observed the medical class and it was fascinating to watch the team of teachers in action. Guruji, Geetaji and Abijata were all present and Guruji was very involved in the treatment of a number of students, especially a young girl of around 8, who once treatment was finished ran around playfully much to everyone’s delight. As observers we weren’t told what each medical condition was so we could only guess at what was being done and why.

In less busy months observers would be asked to assist, if only to fetch and carry equipment. However with so many senior teachers present our help wasn’t needed – partly a relief – you wouldn’t want to get anything wrong and partly a disappointment, it would have been useful to begin putting some of the work we have been doing with Stephanie Quirke into practice.

Tomorrow class with Abijata and Guruji!

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2 Responses to “Day 1 at RIMYI”

  1. Smaragda Xenofou January 2, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    Thank you for the diary it will help me so much on my trip to Pune in October, please keep it coming, best wishes for the new year.

  2. Anne lawless January 2, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

    This is a great idea. With two young children I will be unable to visit the institute for a few years, so I’m very interested to hear your experiences

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