Know your yoga? Try it with your eyes closed. Uh, and with a blindfold? We can’t exactly call this a trend yet, since it’s not pounded out on HuffPo or elephant journal, but we have a good mind to think it could catch on amongst daring yoga folk. Pratyahara is one of the 8 limbs of the Ashtanga Yoga system and it means “withdrawal of the senses.” Here we have the literal blinding of the eyes so that all you can do is feel your body moving through the motions, sort of like The Touch Tunnel at the Liberty Science Center, for sweaty adults under tough asana conditions. Funky? Kinda! A little scary? Yep. Especially when you start creeping over to your neighbor’s mat/bum or find your full expression of ardha baddha faceplant-asana.
We know for a fact yoga class with Marco Rojas is a pretty effing challenging on its own, so we give these blindfolded yogsters a lot of credit. It’s just for some reason we can’t stop singing that Olivia Newton John and Travolta diddy. You know the one…
If you’re filled with affection you’re too shy to convey, meditate in my direction. Feeeel your way.
Yeeoow. Sign us up when the class ends with a tea date with the lucky person you just discovered after your sweaty-big-toe-to-their-asana during class.
FYI: Marco started teaching eyes-closed yoga classes every so often ever since a blind student came to his class a few years ago. He wanted to have the entire class experience the sensation.
Have you tried it? Would you?
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