The Day I Learned to Levitate by Ron Wood

The Day I Learned to Levitate, by Ron Wood

At one of my first yoga classes, elsewhere, years ago I learned I could do things I did not believe I could do. It was interesting, but really very profound.

Our instructor began with a slow gentle warm up.

Sun Salutation A:
Breathe in.
Arms up, stretch, gently look up, pause breath & movement.
Breathe out.
Fold down, pause breath & movement.
Breathe in.
Up to finger tips, flat back.
Breathe out.
Fold down, relax neck.
Breathe in.
Jump or step back to Plank.
Breathe out.
Down to Chaturanga.
Roll over to tops of feet for Up Dog.
Back on toes & move to Down Dog.
3 deep breaths, pause between.
Arms up, stretch, gently look up, join palms, arms to ears.
Breathe out.
Repeat Sun Salutation A 3-5 times.

Sun salutation B:
Start in Chair.
Replace Plank with Warrior 1.
Don’t pause in Down Dog.
Repeat Sun Salutation B 3-5 times.

Sit on floor, legs outstretched, lean forward gently. Breathe.
Come up & move gently into Full Lotus.
Arms straight down at sides, palms flat, very close to pelvis.
Lock first Bandha, breathe. Repeat, keep locked.
While doing that, add the second Bandha. Arms engaged.
Breathe.
Move up and lock the third Bandha.

And that’s when it happened; it was so cool & took me completely by surprise:

I levitated. My butt rose up off the ground as my core pulled up & together. I gave no thought or effort to my arms or upper body to exert any effort to lift myself.

How cool is that? I did not think I could do that.

The day I learned to levitate.

As to why nude yoga: That’s the I always do my yoga. At home, at the beach, in the woods hiking. Why not with a group of like-minded gents. The energy is great & welcoming.

About ken

Ken has practiced yoga for over 10 years and became certified with Yoga Alliance as a RYT-200 after graduating from Yoga Tree’s YogaTeacher Training program in 2006. Yoga Alliance has recognized him as a ERYT-200/RYT-500 as he completed his Yoga Therapy training at Ananda Seva Mission in July 2010.

Ken has been leading a Naked Men’s class here at the SUN ROOM since 2007. Ken teaches Naked Men’s Yoga on Tuesdays at 7:45 p.m and is honored to be covering Sundays at 6:00pm while Darren is adjusting to fatherhood. Ken’s Vinyasa Flow class is for all levels!

In his classes, Ken provides eclectic Non-denominational Hatha yoga guidance, honoring a variety of traditions, such as Iyengar alignment principles, invigorating Kudalini Kriya, and playful Acroyoga-inspired partner work. He invites you to embrace SIMPLICITY, PATIENCE and COMPASSION as you deepen your practice and your connection with your true Self.

Ken offers Yoga Therapy workshops on a variety of topics such as restorative yoga, grief, relationships, stress management and coping with chronic illness. In addition to yoga, Ken also serves as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. Many of his workshops can be counted towards Continuing Education contact hours for Nurses, LCSWs and MFTs.

Daniel Quinn and Paulo Coelho are among his favorite authors.

Please visit Ken’s website at www.kenbreniman.com or email him at kjbreniman@gmail.com

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