Seane Corn on NPR/Speaking of Faith

Today I was reading an it's all yoga baby article about Matthew Sanford and his Speaking of Faith NPR interview. It reminded me of one of my all-time favorite Speaking of Faith interviews, with another yogi: Seane Corn.

Here's how it's described on the NPR website:

Yoga studios are cropping up on street corners across the U.S. Now there are yoga classes at YMCAs, law schools, and corporate headquarters. This 5000-year-old spiritual technology is converging intriguingly with 21st-century medical science and with many religious and philosophical perspectives. Seane Corn takes us inside the practicalities and power of yoga, and describes how it helps her face the darkness in herself and the world.

There was so much in this program, which helped think about issues that come up for me about practicing yoga while living in the United States, in relative richness, and without hardships. Practicing love, kindness, and acceptance is easier when all of my physical needs (shelter, food, water, safety, etc.) are being met. On the program, she talks about the same practice, but in exceedingly more difficult situations. How, for example, do you send unlimited and perfect love to a slumlord who does horrible things to the people who live in fear of him? Anyway, it's another great interview, and I recommend it. 

Seane Corn

In honor of Ms. Corn, who teaches primarily in the Vinyasa style, here's a vinyasa sequence! 

  1. Samasthiti (Equal Standing)
  2. Surya Namaskar A (Sun Salutation A), repeat 4x
  3. Surya Namaskar B (Sun Salutation B), repeat 4x
  4. Vinyasa to Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I)
  5. Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II)
  6. Vinyasa to repeat steps 4 and 5 on other side
  7. Repeat steps 4 and 5 again, pausing in Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II)
  8. Interlock fingers behind back, first opening chest, and then folding forward, bringing forehead towards inside of forward foot, shoulder towards front bent knee
  9. Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II)
  10. Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle)
  11. Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II)
  12. Parivrtta Virabhadrasana (Revolved Warrior Pose)
  13. Vinyasa to repeat steps 6-12 on other side
  14. Vinyasa to Samasthiti
  15. Prasarita Padottanasana I (Standing Forward Fold)
  16. Prasarita Padottanasana II
  17. Prasarita Padottanasana III Note: See Dharma Mittra link for different between poses
  18. Vinyasa to seated
  19. Paschimottanasana (Seated Forward Fold)
  20. Purvottanasana (Reverse Plank Pose)
  21. Vinyasa to seated
  22. Janu Sirsasana (Head to Knee Pose). Repeat other side
  23. Jump back and vinyasa to Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)
  24. Inhale and come forward to Plank Pose
  25. Chaturanga Dandasana (Four Limbed Staff)
  26. Slowly lower to stomach
  27. Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
  28. Slowly raise to Plank
  29. Urdhva Mukha Svanasana (Upward Facing Dog Pose)
  30. Adho Mukha Svanasana
  31. Jump through to seated
  32. Marichyasana (Marichi's Twist). Repeat other side
  33. Repeat steps 23-26
  34. Dhanurasana (Bow Pose)
  35. Repeat steps 28-31
  36. Ardha Virasana (Half Hero Pose). Fold forward over outstretched leg, bent knee out at 90 degree angle. Repeat other side
  37. Repeat steps 23-26
  38. Ardha Bhekasana (Half Frog Pose). Repeat other side
  39. Bhekasana (Frog Pose)
  40. Garbasana (Child's Pose)
  41. Cat/cow spine in table
  42. Thread the needle in table for twist and back stretch. Repeat other side.
  43. Utthita Shisonasana (Puppy Pose)
  44. Come onto back, rolling along spine
  45. Supta Matsyendrasana (Reclined Twist). Repeat other side
  46. Savasana

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