Key Muscles of Hatha Yoga)
"We must take care of the body because otherwise where would we live," said Aadil Palkhivala, adding that asana/pranayama is only one part of yoga. Iyengar was his teacher for many decades, and sent him to the U.S. to help spread the practise of yoga.
Aadil wrote Fire of Love to promote living with integrity and finding joy in small things. On the editorial board at Yoga Journal, he is known as a "teacher of teachers," and there were many in the room. A doctor, and past lawyer with a degree in math, he also trained his voice as an opera singer for a few years. The classes with him were enjoyable. He laughed a lot. And hummed and sung. And quoted poetry. And peppered his classes with interesting stories, like the famous unnamed Hollywood actress who remained unhappy, despite all her good fortune. Or the Olympic weightlifter who later became a priest.
Aadil taught his Hip Series that works the hips with six series of movement: inner rotation & outer rotation / adduction & abduction / flexion and extension. The moves help release tension in the psoas, which tends to contract throughout the day as we react - even subconsciously - to stressors. He talked about lifting the bottom of the belly and side of the waist, an instruction that worked well for me in all the poses.
Martin Kirk had a few tips for headstand that were very helpful. When clasping the hands, don't try to 'lock' the baby fingers, and "keep space for a lemon" in between your palms. Use the heels of your hands to press into the back of your head, and press the wrists strongly into the floor. Focus on the roof of your mouth when inverted. Spread your toes. And when coming out of headstand, do it slowly, unfolding yourself, keeping your neck and side body long as you do so.
Again this year, I had the privilege of sampling different styles of yoga: anasura, kundalini, Purna, Yin, Vinyasa. By the end of the four days I was indeed "tender around the edges," as Seane Corn phrased it. She also said, "Thank goodness there are so many styles of yoga, because there are so many different kinds of people."
Lots to mull over, think about, and most importantly, to "put into practise".