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What is an Advanced Class anyway?

Looking back on these last three weeks of asana classes I'm intrigued and impressed by how few asanas were taught and how fundamental they were.

Every class included Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Dog), Uttanasana (Standing Forward Bend), Tadasana (Mountain) and Urdhva Hastasana (Upward Hands).

In most classes, we did Sirsasana (Head Balance) for 10-12 minutes, Sarvangasana (Shoulder Balance) for 10-20 minutes, Trikonasana (Triangle) and Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Full Arm Balance).

There were an additional twenty or so asanas that were spread out through the session.

Everybody who is reading this has done all of these asanas many times. What made the classes unique was the repetition of asanas in different ways, the holding of asanas, and the subtle, deep, detailed actions we were instructed to do.

So I've concluded what really makes a class an advanced class is having it taught by master teachers.  Beginning with Guruji, Geeta, Prashant and then adding Abhijata, Raya, Rajlaxmi and Gulnaz, who assisted and subbed, the quality of teaching this month has been extraordinary.

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