Theme: Exuberant expression of the heart! Inspiration: Michael Jackson

Heart Quality: Exuberance/Expressiveness

Action: Shoulder Loop, Organic Extension

Pinnacle: WILD THING

Intro:

The theme is: Michael Jackson! Ok maybe unconventional but let’s take a look: Michael Jackson has been a huge inspiration to me as a performer. He was such an incredible innovator and dancer, and what touched me most about watching him was the way he just gave everything away when he was onstage. Everything he did was totally FOR his fans. There is one stance he would take, where he would throw his arms out to the side, thrust his chest out and yell “AAAAAHHHH” and wind would blow and ruffle his shirt. And that could have been a really arrogant gesture. But I always experienced it as incredibly humble. I always saw that as an expression of “This is all for you. Everything i do is for you”. So I want to look at that as inspiration for some backbends we are going to do today. To cultivate that kind of energy, that kind of exuberance, where we can give it all away. And this relates hugely to our core purposes in yoga: Chit – Remembrance and Ananda – Celebration. Remembrance is tapping into the deep core of who we really are, and then once we’re connected to that, to celebrate it, Ananda, to express our hearts with exuberance. So let’s dance!

Centreing: Where does exuberance come from? It’s an expression of the heart. As you breathe, begin to expand the torso on all four sides, creating a real sense of space around the physical heart. And as we drop into our hearts, really occupy and move from that space, we can begin to feel that exuberance arising.

Sequence:

WARMUPS

-sun breaths

-uttanasana folding

-SN – straight leg lunge, gentle twist

-SN – hip opener>holy ham, full stretch

-partner stretch – palms touching, SBL, HAB, squeeze bottom tips together, then lift heart and press into hands

-cobra x 3

STANDING

-utka>prayer twist

-parsvakonasana

-triangle>ardha chan>standing split

-vira 1>vira 3

-baby dancer

-side plank

-wild thing

COOL DOWN

-pigeon

-setu bandha

-janu sirsasana (if you have conflicting feelings of michael jackson, lets make this pose an expression of compassion for him and for yourself)

-ardha matsey

SAVASANA

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