I first experienced Carioca ( Rio de Janeiro resident) yogini Lygia Lima's class 5 years ago, when she subbed for Ashley Turner over @ the East Studio. Have not had the chance to practice with Ashley the past month due to a hectic sked, so I was looking forward to her Friday PM class.
As chance would have it, Lygia was subbing once again. The energy that she created felt to me primal, verdant & earthy. Brazilians have that sensual samba," joga bonito" , rythmn going for them , and Cariocas even more so.
Asanas were called in Sanskrit (inflected with a Brazilian / Portugese flavor ), terminology such as " the architecture of the asana", a fantastic analogy, was offered & a great soundscape of tunes enhanced the journey. Upon review of her website, I learned that Lygia had embarked on her practice with Sharon Gannon & David Life of Jivamukti NY back in 1989 , hence the traditional, spiritual & musical vibe, all touchstones of Jivamukti style .
Lygia is very hands on with adjustments , and an added blessing was the back cracking that I received from her. It brought back memories of Matt Crowder,who used to perform them on me like clockwork every Sunday @ his 2 PM class.
And Vytas B., who has been checking in on my progress with the MahaMondo Flow , will be pleased to know that I aced the Bakasana to Chatturanga Dandasana Jump-Back twice when Lygia called it. Tudo bom !
Lygia will be subbing more classes for Ashley @ the West Studio while she conducts a Macchu Picchu retreat mid-July. You can also view her blog " Nacao Yoga por Lygia Lima" online via www.onne.com.br/yoga -