YOGO On the road: a Regal Flow for India on the Go
India is a long-awaited journey for many yogis or avid yoga practitioners wanting to explore the roots of Sanskrit terms, and find a deeper connection to the 8-limbed yoga philosophy, including the physical practice of asanas. As I set off for my first trip to India, I knew it would offer much in terms of culture and cuisine, and surely, I reckoned, “yoga would be easy to find anywhere…”
After two days in Delhi, I decided to venture for 8 days to Rajasthan, a western state near the border of Pakistan. Natarajasana, eka-pada-rajakapotasana, (one-legged king pigeon pose, respectively) might ring a bell – Rajasthan, the land of kings (raja)! Kingdoms of Hindus and Muslims converged over the last millennia in Rajasthan, creating a path of forts and palaces (Taj Majal anyone?) that delight any onlooker with their depths of beauty, and plenty to keep you on your feet all day. And walk I did! But not without my ongoing search and repeated question: “where’s the nearest corner yoga studio?”
I see a billboard that advertises 7 am yoga; no one answers the phone. I stopped by and was met with – “come back tomorrow”. Thirsty, hungry, tight in the hips and craving some poses, I unconsciously yank out my YOGO Mat from my backpack and flip it open. In Jaipur, my first city of Raja-style-romance, my hotel floor glows an 8 ft. path from bed to bath, and…Epiphany Strikes Back…the mat is our teacher!
Eventually, I discovered my first yogi offering classes at his home in Pushkar, who evidently stars in a yoga book: “The Journey Within” – Yogesh Baba, p. 18 He’ll always be my first yogi in India.
When in dire need, this Raja-inspired royal sequence while traveling is just enough to keep you limber. Breathe deep, and stay present!
If you only have 15 minutes, check out this 10-minute flow on the go, followed by a 5 min savasana and/or mediation.
Step on the mat, and come to tadasana (mountain pose), and set your intention. Be inspired; be a “Rajput”; create your kingdom.
Follow the sequence, taking at least one full inhale or exhale in each pose, and follow first right, then left side. Let each inhale begin to move you to your next stronghold, hold steady, and breathe in more strength. Feel your mat touching the earth, and let the body’s movement reflect the earth. Initiate each movement with the breath, and sense the teacher within as you exhale.
- Start in Tadasana (mountain pose)
- Inhale (“I”): Arms reach up
- Exhale (“E”): Uttanasana (forward fold)
- (I): Step right leg back to lunge
- (E): Reach left arm up to sky
- (I): Release left hand down, step left leg back
- (E): down dog split
- (I): one-legged plank, hold three breaths (I,E,I,E,I,E)
- (E): down dog split
- (I): right knee draws into chest, as you move into plank
- (E): extend right foot to left side
- (I): extend left arm reaches up, hips lift (star gazer)
- (E): release left hand, draw right knee to chest
- (I): place right knee behind right wrist
- (E): sit right hip down for Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (upright, pigeon pose)
- (I,E): stay with your Raja
- (I): push down with hands, draw right knee back to chest, one-legged plank
- (E): hold
- (I): right foot steps forward, drop left knee, gaze up
- (E): step left foot to meet the right, uttanasana (forward fold)
- (I) reach both hands up to the skey, stretch the body
- (E): hands glide together in front of the heart, releasing to tadasana
- RECENTER – feel the raja, vitality, earth, strength
- Left side begins…
Brad Lyon is a yoga teacher in Washington DC and a YOGO Ambassador. He first began his yoga practice over 10 years ago on the beaches of southern Spain. Through professional training and personal experience, he continues to devote himself to using the mat as a canvas for invigorating energy and finding a space of tranquility to harness one’s body and mind.
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