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Ready for Bliss with Alexandra Moga
The Bhakti Center
25 1st Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003

Tue, 7:00 PM To 8:15 PM

The Bhakti Center is a beautiful East Village haven. Downstairs, there is a yoga themed store and cafe with excellent, nutritious food. Upstairs, the yoga studio is covered in plants, candles, pictures of Krishna and inspirational guru, Srila A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, who brought the culture of Bhakti to the West.

Alexandra got to work right away, having us come to the top of the mat in a standing position. Gently awakening the body, she had us take deep breaths with each inhale, opening up the throat and lifting the chest. And on the exhale, bringing the head and chest to neutral. With our hands in a prayer mudra, we then chanted a loud OM.

Our theme for the evening was hip openers. We took some gentle Sun Salutations but, to warm the hips and hamstrings, Alexandra added in the movement of gliding back and forth between Lunge and Parsvottanasana several times. When at the top of our mats in Tadasana, she had us take our feet a little wider than our hips and bend our knees and fold into Diver's Pose, then back up to standing. In the midst of another Tadasana, Alexandra then had us take our feet mat's width apart and come into a Squat. In Lunge, Alexandra instructed us to bring our hands into a cactus shape and then dive towards our legs.

Moving into some twisted shapes, we started with an Utkatasana Twist which gradually evolved into a Lunge Twist with Prayer or, as a less difficult option, Low Lunge Twist.

After a Vinyasa, Alexandra instructed us to take our legs wide apart, then move into Trikonasana on each side. This later became Prasarita Padottansana and then Alexandra added in a twist in the Prasarita. The next pose was Parsvottanasana, either crossing our elbows behind our backs or bringing our hands into a reverse prayer behind our backs. Bringing more twists to the sequence, Alexandra then instructed us into Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana Twist.

Testing out our balance, Alexandra walked us through Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana held for five breaths followed by Warrior 3 then Standing Spit with the option to balance with no hands.

Winding the class down, Alexandra instructed us into Pigeon preparation followed by Seated Spinal Twist then Ankle to Knee. This was followed by forward bends Paschimottanasana and Baddha Konasana.  

We briefly took a Bridge or Wheel for those who had it in their practice then Alexandra offered us an inversion of our choice: Headstand, Shoulderstand or Legs Up the Wall.

The pose before Savasana was somewhat surprising. Alexandra ended with trying an arm balance: Lolasana. "Since we've done lots of hip opening, you might be ready for this." The group was willing; most of the sounds that ensued were bums hitting floors and giggling.

After a brief Savasana, class ended with an Om at 8:25 p.m.. Alexandra had generously tacked on an extra ten minutes at the end.

Drop-in classes at teh Bhakti Center are $16.

-Marie Carter for Yoga Sleuth 

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