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Vinyasa Community Hour with Sarah Schumann
Shambhala Yoga And Dance Center
348 St. Mark's Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Sat, 9:00 AM To 10:35 AM

Not too far from the Brooklyn Botanics and the Brooklyn Museum is the small and cozy community studio, Shambhala Yoga and Dance. There is no lobby or reception here; as soon as you walk in you've found the studio, and with fourteen people attending class the room was bursting at the seams. Sarah Schumann was upbeat that day: "We're celebrating our 9th anniversary at Abigail's tonight so we're all very excited." At the party there would be demonstrations from the studios yoga, she explained, as well as Salsa and African dance classes.

This particular day, Sarah had us begin with partner poses. Almost everyone in class seemed to know each other and even though it was Sleuth's first time at the studio she recognized several friendly faces. Shambhala is that kind of place. With our partner, we sat cross-legged back-to-back. "Inhale your arms up, twist to the right taking hold of your right thigh with your left hand and your partner's thigh with your right hand." A lot of giggling and confusion ensued. "Oh, it's going to be one of those days," Sarah teased us. "It'll be a lot easier on the side." Then one partner moved into a forward bend as the other partner slid into a supported backbend still in Sukhasana.

Thanking our partners we went back to our mats and began a slow-paced series of standing poses. To warm up we went from Child's pose to a Cat back into Cow, then sliding into Cobra and back to Child's pose. We added breath of fire to continue building heat in Plank pose. Standing poses included a series of Utthita Parsvokanasana, Parsvottanasana, Trikonasana and Anjaneyasana, a Half Hanuman (AKA Trianga Mukhaikapada Paschimottanasana) and Bakasana (crow pose).

To end, we worked on a series of deep forward bends. We began with Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana, rotated into Janu Sirsasana and then brought both legs into Baddha Konasana and repeated on the other side except the last pose was Tarasana before unfolding into a peaceful and well-deserved Savasana, whether we were headed out to party that night or not.

Community Classes are by donation: Suggested donation $6.

—Marie Carter for Yoga Sleuth

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