LIGHT ON SHALA TERMINOLOGY
Your mat bag belongs in the changing room, not next to your mat.
“Take your toe.”
You must grab your big toe in triangle pose, regardless of alignment.
The student should not lose their balance and jump around in Uttitha Hasta Padangustasana (a standing one-leg balance).
“Don’t break window.”
The student should not lose their balance and put their hand or foot through the window in Uttitha Hasta Padangustasana.
"Don't leave your leg."
A. Your hand should not let go of the foot that's on the thigh in Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana (a standing half-lotus balance) until the final exhale.
B. You should not let the leg drop to the floor in Supta Padangustasana (hard to explain) until the final exhale.
“Don’t change your leg.”
You should not widen your stance when moving from Warrior I (forward lunge) to Warrior II (side lunge).
Your knees should not touch your elbows when moving from Utkatasana (standing zigzag pose) to Caturanga Dandasana (pushup pose) – ie, don’t do Bakasana but, rather, a half-handstand.
“Loose your feet”
Your feet should be together (ie, closed) in poses such as Pachimottanasana (sitting forward bend) and Karna Pidasana (ear squeeze pose).
Pull the legs through the arms and directly back into Caturanga Dandasana (pushup pose), without touching the floor..
“Don’t let knees touch.”
The knees should stay off the floor when moving from Chakrasana (a backwards somersault) to Caturanga Dandasana (pushup pose).
“Don’t move your head.”
The head should remain static when going from Matsyasana (a lotus backbend) to Uttana Paddasana (same pose with straight arms and legs).
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"Take back your hands."
Drop back from standing into backbend.
"Move back! Move back!"
Move foward on your mat so we can cover your sweaty body and give you a foward bend adjustment.
If you come down early from backbend or headstand or the final interminable lotus arm balance, you must act like you’re trying to lift up or the count will slow down and the rest of the class will suffer (and no one will talk to you at breakfast).
“Thankyouverymuch. You go home take rest.”
Savasana is over. Give your respects to Guruji and get out of here.