Why work hard when you can work soft?

Last week I taught classes on the theme of working softly. We all use the phrase "Work Hard" or have said that we've been "hard at work." I was thinking about how that is such a strange thing to say. To me, the word "hard" brings to mind images of inflexibility, obstinacy, and being rock-like. Why can't we be productive, creative, and get a lot done by working softly? To me, it seems like our work will be better if it is more fluid, less hard. For this sequence, I encourage you to work softly through all of the challenges. Be graceful, be strong, and work soft!

  1. Vajrasana (Diamond Pose)
  2. Yoga Mudra arms (Seal of Yoga). Fold  forward.
  3. Upavistha Konasana (Seated Wide Legged Forward Fold). Fold torso over center, towards one leg, back through center, and then towards other leg
  4. Janu Sirsasana (Seated Head to Knee Pose)
  5. Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana (Revolved Head to Knee Pose)
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 on other side
  7. Ardha Virasana (Half Hero's Pose). Fold forward over straightened leg
  8. Try to lie back, or come onto forearms backwards
  9. Repeat steps 7 and 8 on other side
  10. Low lunge. Pulse in low lunge, raising and lowering back knee
  11. Virabhadrasana I (Warrior I)
  12. Virabhadrasana II (Warrior II)
  13. Interlocking fingers behind back, fold torso forward towards bent knee, trying to touch shoulder and knee (pressing the two into eachother)
  14. Bring torso back upright, slight backbend
  15. Virabhadrasana II, taking palms upward as if cupping raindrops
  16. Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana (Revolved Warrior Pose)
  17. Straighten front leg, keeping torso in place
  18. Trikonasana (Triangle Pose). Hold for 1-2 minutes
  19. Parsvottanasana (Intense Side Stretch). Reverse prayer hands or hands to opposite elbows behind back.
  20. Trikonasana
  21. Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle)
  22. Virabhadrasana II
  23. Vinyasa to repeat steps 10-22 on other side
  24. Vinyasa to floor
  25. Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose)
  26. Gentle twists in Bound Angle
  27. Gomukhasana (Face of Light Pose). Repeat other side
  28. Upavistha Konasana
  29. Savasana

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