|Notice, that for Manju, the feet are crossed above the head here, not behind the head/neck/shoulders as I'd grown accustomed to doing it after practising 2nd series|
Below the videos are a couple of paragraphs from an earlier post on Adjustments/assists, followed by the thranscriptions to the Shanti ( peace) Mantras you hear in the background ( because Manju is encouraging us to explore the meditative practice of chanting after our pranayama, at the end of our asana practice while still in padmasana - a traditional, integrated Yoga practice), also some info on Annemieke van der Zouwen and yogapassie.nl who you see Manju working with in the videos.
Manju's Adjustments/assists for Primary series
Manju's adjustments/assists from intermediate series.
"Here's a picture from the Adjustment workshop element of Manju's TT course in Crete last month.
|Picture by Paris Georgiou/ Vinyasa Yoga Studio, Limassol Cyprus|
|Krishnamachrya adjusting (Screenshot from a photo album in Breath of Gods)|
Of course if chanting Shanti mantras isn't your thing ( and I certainly never expected to enjoy it as much as I do now) then you might like to include another meditative practice after your pranayama practice and in the final padmasana. Japa mantra meditation is a traditional approach ( a short one line mantra like Om hrim nama shivaya that you repeat over and over, or perhaps the Buddhist Oṃ maṇi padme hūṃ or even the loving kindness May all beings be happy, may all beings be safe, may all beings be well, may all beings be peaceful), another is gazing softly at an icon, or a flower perhaps, a piece of wood or a stone as suggested by the Tibetan mahamudra. Following the breath is another approach of course, Zen or Vipassana other options so too is studying an appropriate text, the Yoga Sutras perhaps... the idea is that after cleaning the room ( asana/pranayama) you reside in it a while (meditation)