Balls out

Ever say something charmingly inappropriate while teaching a yoga class? Really, really inappropriate?

I remember during teacher training, our instructor leading the class warned us that if we teach long enough, this is going to happen eventually. He said his worst ever was teaching a class and telling to put their arms in "T" position. "Stretch your arms out wide like Jesus on the Cross!," was the follow up cue. Yikes.

Yesterday, I came pretty close. Here's the cuing:

I have the class (mostly ladies in their early 20's) come down onto their stomachs.
"Bend at the knees, taking legs parallel. Now demi-point the feet, aka 'Barbie Toes.' You do this by pointing the feet. Now take your balls out." I mean, I meant the balls of the feet, but it sure didn't sound that way.
Extra silent pause follows.

Two ladies, who are especially giggly as is, break out into laughter. I make a terrible face, and say, "Oh shit." (Are you getting an image of what a class with me is like?) Generous laughter ensues.

I bring them into a challenging pose that requires a ton of breath focus and announce, "Who's laughing now?!"

The end.

Balls out

One of the first things Chris says to me this morning: "Hey honey, can you take your balls out?" Have to love the support. 
  1. Begin by lying on back
  2. Supta Padangustasana (Reclined Big Toe Pose)
  3. Supta Trivikramasana (Reclined Vishnu Pose)
  4. Urdhva Mukha Paschimottanasana (Upward Facing Fold Pose)
  5. Repeat steps 2-4 on other side
  6. Supta Pavanmuktasana (Reclined Wind Relieving Pose). Repeat on other side
  7. Vajrasana (Diamond Pose)
  8. Gomukhasana (Face of Light Pose). Repeat on other side. 
  9. Virasana (Heroes Pose)
  10. Supta Virasana (Reclined Heroes Pose)
  11. Gentle twist to one direction. Repeat to other. 
  12. Take hands behind hips for gentle chest opener
  13. Supta Kapotanasana (Reclined Pigeon Pose)
  14. Kapotanasana (Pigeon Pose)
  15. Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog)
  16. Repeat steps 12-15 on other side
  17. Tadasana (Mountain Pose)
  18. Uttanasana (Forward Fold Pose)
  19. Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Hands Pose)
  20. Parsvottanasana (Intense Stretch). Repeat other side
  21. Urdhva Hastasana
  22. Tadasana
  23. Natarajasana (Dancer's Pose). Repeat other side
  24. Prasarita Padottanasana (Wide Legged Forward Fold). Interlock fingers behind back to get a back and shoulder stretch as well. 
  25. Janu Sirsasana (Seated Head to Knee Pose)
  26. Upavistha Konasana (Seated Wide Angle Pose)
  27. Repeat steps 25 and 26 on other side
  28. Supta Matsyendrasana (Reclined Twist). Repeat other side
  29. Savasana

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