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Exploring Your Patterns

Intermediate I

This practice is two practices in one. The first round is holding each pose for one breath as we move through the sequence and the second round is holding the same poses but for ten breaths each time. We move through the sun salutations slowly, counting the full five breaths for each movement. The challenge in this class is not the poses but rather noticing the mind and our resistance to doing things differently.

This can either be done as a stand-alone class or as Day 9 of Cultivate Your Inner Teacher 14-Day Intermediate Yoga Challenge.

Exploring Your Patterns Playlist (to be played with the class)

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Rebecca Tolin
Rebecca Tolin
December 12, 2021
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5
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This beautiful, deep class brought so much awareness of how I try to move through discomfort. With Jonni-Lyn's calming presence and cues, I was able to stay and sense much longer than usual. I love her slow, soulful pace.

balance79
balance79
March 30, 2021
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That was a really wonderful experiment. I look forward to trying this practice a few more times on my self-awareness journey.

luzeamor
luzeamor
March 28, 2021
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Loved this practice and adding the journaling as suggested was a great way to really integrate the observations and insights that came with the practice. Thank you!

Mmcd1960
Mmcd1960
February 17, 2021
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This class was so lovely. Just finished it here in Texas during this Arctic freeze. I enjoyed the slow pace and felt the poses much more. It was fun to have the fast pace first. Loved the holding of poses n second part. The instructors in this teacher challenge have been amazing! Thank you! Love, love, love Do Yoga With Me!

SMZalokar
SMZalokar
February 5, 2021
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Just as dreamy the second time. “When one teaches, two learn.” Namaste!

Janet Burgart
Janet Burgart
February 3, 2021
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Thank you for this wonderful class. Exactly what I needed today. I really enjoyed the second practice and it was lovely to observe myself in both. Always learning something new about oneself in this fantastic journey of yoga. Thank you Jonni Lyn for your guidance

MiTy
MiTy
January 23, 2021
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Very interesting practice. Thank you for sharing.

bethpaull99@gmail.com
bethpaull99@gmail.com
January 23, 2021
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Part of me didn't enjoy the fast pace as I couldn't get each pose "right" and found myself wanted to slow down. Another part of me however enjoyed the fast pace and how I was always interested in the what's next?. It reminded me of my usual approach to life, moving fast to "make the most of life". The slow pace, I loved I was able to feel each pose and listen to that inner teacher as you say. Lots of resistance came up as well. As I felt the more time I was in a pose that were difficult for me, the more my mind wanted to not accept the experience i was having at the time. It's a great opportunity to practice accepting reality, I think. I really enjoyed this class and it has taught me a lot. I think I will be doing this class again soon. Thank you Jonni-Lyn.

Ngaire
Ngaire
January 1, 2021
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A wonderful practice for New Years Day 2021. The perfect time to pay attention to ‘old patterns’. Namaste

kimchi
kimchi
January 1, 2021
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Repeating the same sequence twice at different speeds was an interesting concept and a completely different experience each time. The challenge in the first sequence was the fast pace while the challenge in the second sequence was the sensations that arise in the longer holds. I definitely prefer the longer holds because they provide time to arrive in each posture.

SMZalokar
SMZalokar
December 31, 2020
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Dang. Two savannas in one hour? Yes, please! This class was a delight. Thank you.

rosewaldeier
rosewaldeier
December 26, 2020
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Oh, my heavens. I learned so much from this class. My eyes are forming tears as I write this. I don't normally cry in yoga, but it does happen on occasion, and this is one. Thank you, thank you.

MelissaQuin
MelissaQuin
December 21, 2020
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This class is exactly what I needed early Monday morning. The speed was challenging the first half, but the calm of the second half made up for it. Thank you :)

Thilo
Thilo
December 15, 2020
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Very nice class on an early morning. Had to carefully listen to follow the faster pace part of the class in the beginning but enjoyed very much the arising sensations in the second part. Slow done, alter perspective, listen to your inner teacher, play, breathe - YOGA. Thank you DYwM!

kapkap
kapkap
December 13, 2020
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This class helps so much with noticing the mind body connection (and disconnection). I really appreciate the guidance and the differentiated sensations, both physically and mentally. I would suggest that the class be Int II, though, as the beginning part is not so easy in speed and also knowledge/familiarity with all the poses and sanskrit and flexibility! Thanks to Jonni Lyn for this and also the shorter transitions class.

Paulette9
Paulette9
December 11, 2020
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When I finished this class, I said "Wow"! I feel you captured the essence of yoga in this class. I loved the breathwork at the beginning. Also loved shavasana in the middle and the longer one at the end. And time for meditation. I really had time to ponder my patterns and resistance which gave me insights into life off my mat. This class reminded me that yoga practice is a true discipline. Thank you for this offering!

ElenaLon
ElenaLon
December 11, 2020
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I was intrigued by the concept of two identical practices but took ages to get going and when it did I found it really hard to follow that first half of the practice, too fast and unclear instructions meant I was always behind and not really managing to follow. Also without a proper warm-up I felt I was trying poses that my body wasn't ready for.

futant
futant
December 9, 2020
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Interesting looking practice but I found it very difficult to follow what you were saying, even with my volume turned all the way up. The combination of mumbly and fast speech was too frustrating for me! Appreciate the effort anyway :)

MereYoga4Life
MereYoga4Life
December 9, 2020
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"Resistance is a wonderful teacher." If you think you don't need to slow down and learn where your resistances are in your practice, then you need to take time to do this class. I tend to go full speed all the time - what's next - nailed it and move on- and this class reminded me to breathe, loosen my jaw, let that shoulder slide back and not to rush but feel. Thank you for sharing your teaching gift with us, Jonni-Lyn.

Gremlin
Gremlin
December 9, 2020
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This came at perfect time in the work week and allowed me to slow down, focus on breath and movement. Very welcome in a crazy pace of life and expectations. Thank you Jonni-Lynn for today's practice and guiding questions.

Jonni-Lyn Friel
Jonni-Lyn Friel
December 15, 2020
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You are so welcome. I am finding the crazy pace of life and expectations to be a challenge these days as well. Slowing down is not in my nature (ha!) so I have to find ways to incorporate it into my life and my yoga practice. Thank you for taking the time and for practcing with me.

Warmly
Jonni-Lyn

venusorbiting
venusorbiting
December 8, 2020
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I enjoyed this! I'd never done a repeated sequence quickly and THEN slowly before; usually it's the other way around, slow to start off and then faster the second time. Doing it this way really helped me notice how I sometimes autopilot my way through familiar poses in faster-paced classes, instead of expressing them fully and being present in the moment.

Jonni-Lyn Friel
Jonni-Lyn Friel
December 15, 2020
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I'm so glad you enjoyed it! I love repeating sequences at different paces. I feel like I live in "autopilot" and am so appreciative of practices that help me to become aware of it. Thanks so much for practicing with me!

LucyHB
LucyHB
December 8, 2020
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Nice change of pace, thank you! I'm so used to rushing through vinyasa classes so it was nice to slow it down and feel each pose. I tend to avoid slower classes (which probably means I need to do more of them!), but appreciated this when it came up in the 15 day challenge.

Jonni-Lyn Friel
Jonni-Lyn Friel
December 15, 2020
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Thank you! I am the same way and tend to avoid the slower classes. and know i need to do more of them! This is exactly why I wanted to share this class with everyone. I'm so glad that you enjoyed it.