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The Karma Collection
Benefiting The Westhaven Clinic
Standing on Your Own Two Feet
The standing work begins with chair pose, the first of three total performed during this workshop. For all of the standing postures, Hallahan takes her time with instruction and setup, constantly emphasizing the feet and allowing for nice long holds in each pose. The opening standing sequence includes warrior 1, warrior 3, and pyramid pose with hands in reverse prayer. At the end of each standing series, Hallahan has her students perform a forward bend (she incorporates several different variations) and then another chair pose. The second standing sequence begins with the little-seen revolved half-moon posture; after another forward bend and an extended leg balance, Hallahan leads the class into revolved triangle. The final series features triangle, warrior 2, and side angle pose, concluding with the third and last chair pose.
With about 45 minutes left in the workshop, Hallahan tells her students that they are going to spend the remainder of the time on the floor. Although she continues to highlight the role of the feet during the floor postures, in this part of the class, Hallahan also talks about the yogic concept of satya, which she states is more appropriately translated as “honesty” than the usual interpretation of “truth.” The transition to the floor starts with a squat; this is followed by a long hold of cobbler’s pose, adding the forward bend if possible. Continuing at this same leisurely pace, Hallahan leads the class through staff pose, Sage 1 (with forward bend and bind), shoulderstand, plow (brief), full seated forward bend, and Sage 3 twist. Finally, Hallahan has her students set up for savasana. She cues most of the 8-minute long relaxation, but for the final two minutes, she sings a song in Sanskrit. The workshop concludes with the participants coming back to seated and chanting a final three “ohms” together.
Ideal for advanced beginner yoga students and above, this workshop provides an excellent means of refining your standing postures and re-establishing your connection with your feet throughout your entire yoga practice.