Boiled Peanuts

Writing on the road today, literally. Typing in the passenger seat, in fact. We are in Franklin, NC, where they sell boiled peanuts at the local BP (Cajun or Plain style). On our way to Atlanta, GA to see an old work friend back when I worked for “the Man.” OK, the CEO was a woman, but you get the picture. We both got out of that line of employment and the friend is now in grad school for international health policy. I teach yoga. So, I guess, technically, we’re still in the same field of promoting health.

On the subject of health, went to one yoga class in Asheville. I was hoping to get two in, but on the last day we either had time to take a hike on the Appalachian Trail or get a yoga class in. Chris has hiked most of the AT, so we went for that. I’m glad I did; it was so beautiful.

The class we went to in Asheville was very good for us. The studio offers classes on a sliding scale based on what you can afford. I think it’s great when studios can do that and help get the yog out to more folks. The sequence today offers some of what we did in the class. It was just the two of us in the class, so she did a sequence that was intended for road weary backs. And a long, long Savasana.

Boiled Peanuts

There is little in common between boiled peanuts and yoga. Or there is everything in common. When we talk about being all one, that includes the boiled peanuts, and those serving them to you. Let that one blow your mind for awhile…

  1. Garbasana (Child’s Pose)
  2. Marjaryasana (Cat Pose)
  3. Lower chest to floor
  4. Sphinx pose
  5. Garbasana
  6. Flow between steps 1-5, approximately 6x
  7. Table pose
  8. Extend opposite arm and leg, hold
  9. Bring opposite arm and leg in towards in each other, arching back like in Cat Pose (leg off ground)
  10. Move between steps 9 and 10
  11. Vyaghrasana (Tiger Pose)
  12. Repeat steps 9-11 on other side
  13. Garbasana
  14. Plank
  15. Chaturanga Dandasana (Lower Plank to Floor)
  16. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
  17. Chaturanga Dandasana to Plank
  18. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Dog Pose)
  19. Flow between 14-18 until arms are very warm (app. 6x)
  20. Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II). Pulse legs in Warrior, going deeper and coming out slightly.
  21. Warrior to hold, 5-6 breaths
  22. Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)
  23. Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose)
  24. Vinyasa to Warrior II on other side
  25. Repeat steps 20-24 on other side
  26. Vinyasa to Warrior II (on first side)
  27. Parivrtta Virabhadrasana II (Revolved Warrior)
  28. Straighten front leg, Trikonasana with side stretch
  29. Vinyasa to Warrior II on other side
  30. Repeat steps 27 and 28
  31. Vinyasa to seated
  32. Marichyasana (Marichi’s Twist). Repeat other side
  33.  Dandasana (Staff Pose)
  34. Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Fold)
  35. Viparita Karani (Legs up the Wall Pose)
  36. Savasana

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