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Level 2
60 min

Infinite Awareness

Hatha | By Noah Mazé on Mar 18 2012
Shoulder stretches and upper back openers will prepare you for a progression of forearm balance (pincha mayurasana--peacock feather) stages.  Expand your infinite awareness, as the eyes of the peacock feathers.


Shoulder stretches and upper back openers will prepare you for a progression of forearm balance (pincha mayurasana--peacock feather) stages. Expand your infinite awareness, as the eyes of the peacock feathers.


  • Heather Pagano     Dec 12th, 2014
    Thank you, thank you! Pincha is a real challenge for me, and instead of feeling intimidated I was laughing and having fun. And kudos for the smart sequencing to prep the body but conserve energy for upside down time.
    • Noah Maze     Dec 15th, 2014
      That's wonderful Heather! Pincha Mayurasana is a challenging pose indeed - I'm glad you body felt well prepared and you had fun. Thanks for practicing! Namaste~
  • Susan Wiens     Dec 9th, 2014
    You sense of humor is wonderful in such a challenging class, thanks Noah.
    • Noah Maze     Dec 10th, 2014
      Hi Susan - it's good to hear from you and to know that I made you laugh! Hope to see you in person very soon. xo - Noah
  • lena dolter     Oct 21st, 2014
    thank you! and thank you for making me laugh while IN peacock at the wall, mostly I just have frustration;0 but with every practice, I can find more peace with where i am in this pose as I work toward more balance in the center of the room.
    • Noah Maze     Oct 21st, 2014
      What a great attitude Lena! Keep up the good work - I hope to "see" you in class again soon. :)
  • celestina swanson     Sep 15th, 2014
    My shoulders love this class! Thank you.
    • Noah Maze     Sep 16th, 2014
      Yay!! You're very welcome celestina. :)
  • celestina swanson     Sep 15th, 2014
    My shoulders love this class! Thank you.
  • Claudia De Alba-Larios     Aug 9th, 2014
    Thank you Noah for this, my very first class with you! I loved it and for the very first time ever I managed to get my head off the floor by pressing the arms down. A simple, yet very powerful alignment instruction. I look forward to taking more classes with you!
    • Noah Maze     Aug 12th, 2014
      Welcome Claudia! It is so nice to connect with you in this way. And, I'm glad something "clicked" in Pincha Mayurasana for you too! I hope to "see" you in class again soon. ;)
  • Marcela Lucia Gonzalez     Feb 25th, 2014
    I loved the class. Thanks a lot, Noah.
    • Noah Maze     Apr 22nd, 2014
      You're welcome Marcela! I hope to "see" you in class again soon. :)
  • celestina swanson     Nov 20th, 2013
    Great class! Could we have some more like this one. level 2 inversion classes for us who have the basic inversions and are looking to expand them and go a little deeper but can't quite keep up with the level 2-3 inversion variations.
  • sarah moore     Nov 4th, 2013
    Thanks Noah, I love your classes.
  • Jenn Miller     Nov 3rd, 2013
    Loved this class ~ it showed up right when I needed it :)
    I also decided to record/video my Pincha Mayurasana & I'm creating a pose research worksheet to add to my files!
    Thanks for everything!!
  • Sandeep Tyagi     Nov 3rd, 2013
    Really Good!!! Thanks for this class.
  • Lisa Spidle     Sep 28th, 2013
    Thank you so much for this class Noah. I have been trying to work on my Pincha Mayurasana with proper alignment. All of your alignment cues helped so much and I feel much more comfortable in this asana. I appreciate the humor you brought to the class and I look forward to taking more of your classes. Namaste :)
  • Joanne Martin     Sep 23rd, 2013
    Awesome class, very informative, I feel good!! Thankyou, Namaste.
  • laura fisher     Jun 26th, 2013
    Great class Noah. Thanks! Been working on peacock for a while and all your points made sooo much difference. Especially the upper arms being vertical rather than slanting to the block. Loving the humour you bring as well - although you do remind me of Nick Millor from the comedy New Girl - not sure if you've ever seen that. Thanks. Laura
  • Christian Durkan     May 13th, 2013
    So grateful to receive the teachings through your masculinity. There aren't many male yoga teachers where I am, not to mention of your caliber like a DESERT PEACOCK .50!
    • Noah Maze     May 16th, 2013
      Thanks Christian! It is fun to fire it up sometime, and get the peacock out! Thanks for taking class, and I'm so glad you enjoyed it!
  • Mia Mironov     Apr 14th, 2013
    Namaste :)
    • Noah Maze     Apr 16th, 2013
      Namaste Mia :)
  • Melissa Mark     Mar 28th, 2013
    Namaste Noah! Enjoyed the class, I can rarely get into this pose, so it is a god class to have in my toolbox. I will come back to it
    • Noah Maze     Apr 8th, 2013
      Namaste Melissa. I'm so glad this was effective, and gives you a tool to come back to again. Thanks for taking class!
  • Alandi Stec     Jan 19th, 2013
    Woah! Best experience doing pincha mayurasana everrrrrr! On my last kick up I was able to go straight to the full asana without the wall, which I only realized after when I tried to "exfoliate" my heals :P

    No helmet needed either, woot!

    Thank You Noah for another great class :D
    • Noah Maze     Mar 3rd, 2013

      Most yoga is better with a helmet just in case, right? And a pedicure.... But really, I'm so glad this was so effective for you. Your success is my own success. Thanks for the great feedback.
  • Patricia Becker     Jul 15th, 2012
    Noah, So glad you like to teach! I like learning with you!I learn a new key to help my practice and teaching every time. Infinite Blessings & Gratitude Patricia Becker Palo Alto
  • Jill Amison     Jun 20th, 2012
    Great fun Noah! Thankyou!.....Have finally learnt to use strength and take both heels away from the wall at the same time!!!YEAY!!!
    • Noah Maze     Mar 3rd, 2013
      YAY JILL! GO!
  • bohyun k     May 24th, 2012
    A very nice class. With the strap I could feel the forearms get much more engaged than without it. I could not bring both legs off the wall at the same time though. Is it because the forearms are not strong enough yet? Thx!
    • Noah Maze     Mar 3rd, 2013
      Could be a lot of things--would need to know more--how are you doing with this now, since it's been a while?
      • bohyun k     Apr 22nd, 2014
        Hi Noah, For some reason I saw your comment almost after a year and so I tried this class again almost after 2 yrs. Happy to report I was able to get off the wall with both legs together in pincha this time and that one out of three time I stayed off the wall almost for 10 (very fast) breaths! Still not easy and I suspect it is my bhanda. I am good with backbends but have a terrible time with any type of inversions. Also I am terrified to try pincha (or any inversion including even a headstand) away from the wall. Any class focusing on that would be super appreciated. Thx again.

        Thanks again for
        • Noah Maze     Apr 23rd, 2014
          Hi bohyun! It is good to hear from you and good to hear that you have made some progress with Pincha Mayurasana. Part of the challenge could be related to bhanda. When you are good at backbends, the flexibility of your spine can make inversions difficult. When you bring your legs over your head your spine wants to bend and this makes the posture unstable. Pincha Mayurasana is particularly difficult because the position of your arms makes your spine want to bend even more. Try drawing your ribcage in, filling and lengthening through the back of your body, and stretching your heels further up on the wall to take some of the backbend out of the posture. And let me know how it goes!

          There are a few good inversion classes of mine up on YogaGlo that might be helpful. Look under my name and inversions.
  • Linda Morgan     May 10th, 2012
    Loved it! You made my day!! Hope to see you in Truckee sometime soon :D
    • Noah Maze     Mar 3rd, 2013
      Yes, soon coming. a few weeks, I think....
  • Melissa Boone Osburn     Apr 25th, 2012
    I have been stuggling with pincha mayurasana for such a long time, to the point of frustration. Your instruction helped me get further than I have ever been in the pose. I know after doing this practice a few times I will get it! I am no longer frustrated, I am excited to try again! Thank you Noah.
    • Noah Maze     Mar 3rd, 2013
      Melissa, in my opinion changing your attitude about the pose is as good or better than simply "getting it" and checking it off the list. I'm glad you worked past your frustration. That alone will take you into your next phase of practice. Since it has been awhile, I hope you are finding that unfolding and letting go of frustration to be continuing. With love, Noah
  • avryl vizoso     Apr 9th, 2012
    totaly thanksfully... I even scream like a peacock in my lonlyness class hehe, proud to be your student and preparing me to be in your classroom with you one day, from venezuela, Thanks a lot Noah...!!
    • Noah Maze     Mar 3rd, 2013
      Come to LA Avryl. So glad we got you screaming like a proud peacock!
  • Renee Chester Levine     Apr 2nd, 2012 required props in the description! This class is difficult to modify without a block and a strap.
    • Noah Maze     Mar 3rd, 2013
      you bet. Thanks, Renee
  • Julie Schuette     Mar 31st, 2012
    Noah!!!! you demystified the nemesis pose for me... I was ready to hear.. be aware.. Thank you... got a sense of balance finally!!! If it happens again... wonderful.. if it doesn't.. that is ok too! blessings and love
    • Noah Maze     Mar 3rd, 2013
      Julie, a blessing to me that I ever help any student with "a sense of balance." The highest compliment, indeed. Thank you for listening and going with it. Look forward to balancing with you again and again.
  • jennifer sabih     Mar 28th, 2012
    Two Thumbs Up! And Two Shoulders Down. Down the back where they belong.
    This class was so helpful--So many cool tricks for that tricky upper part of the body.
    Thanks Noah.
    • Noah Maze     Mar 3rd, 2013
      Jennifer, you are so welcome. Thumbs up to you. Thanks for playing.
  • Nick Heng     Mar 22nd, 2012
    Love this class Noah! Been a challenge for me to do Pincha consistently well. Thank you!
  • Lisa Hagen     Mar 21st, 2012
    Great sequence! I'm working on pincha in the middle of the room...any tips? Fear holds me back. Thanks, Noah...U r an awesome teacher! Hope to catch u in SF next time :-)
    • Noah Maze     Mar 3rd, 2013
      Lisa, work on that inner thigh isometric action and concentrate on stepping up. Don't kick. You will get it. one of my favorite quotes--practice practice and all is coming!
  • Elena Lowenthal     Mar 21st, 2012
    Really enjoyed this class. You were in good mood.I really enjoyed the class. Usually my back hurts with this pose not this time. As I was finishing I was thinking you always mention your 5 most favorite poses. Inquiring public like to know. Can we have a class that incorporates those poses. Thanks again.
    • Noah Maze     Mar 3rd, 2013
      Elena, did I say what the poses were? My five favorite poses are always changing! But we will do more yoga together, if you'd like. I promise.
  • Judith Lambotte     Mar 20th, 2012
    Thanks for your infinite humor and your clear explanations and wonderful sequencing! I am getting hooked on your inversion classes, doing things I had not previously thought myself capable of :) And just hooking the thumb around your elbow bone to press it back, duh, peacock-eye-openingly simple, love it!
  • Ursu Caribe     Mar 20th, 2012
    The mental picture of spreading my kidney wings made me happy! That alone will surely remind me to make them flutter ;) Gracias, Noah! Love.
    • Noah Maze     Mar 3rd, 2013
      Ahh Richard's kidney wings. Guapa, Tracy and I send our love to you.
  • Mindy Menard     Mar 19th, 2012
    Thank you for such a wonderful sequence! I enjoyed calling like a peacock in my living room this morning at the peak of my pinch ;)
    • Noah Maze     Mar 3rd, 2013
      Did your neighbors complain, Mindy?!
  • nicole edgington     Mar 19th, 2012
    thanks for another fantastic practice Noah! Waiting eagerly for the next......
    • Noah Maze     Mar 3rd, 2013
      How was the next?!
  • Frida Costa     Mar 19th, 2012
    love this class ( and all the rest of your classes !) the pincha with the scream ;-) so much fun... thanks...kisses from Italy !
    • Noah Maze     Mar 3rd, 2013
      Pincha with the scream! go Frida!
  • Mary Mieure     Mar 18th, 2012
    <3 it! I have a long journey ahead of me, but am happy to approach it. <3
    • Noah Maze     Mar 3rd, 2013
      Mary, I sure hope I have a long journey ahead of me too. I'm not always happy to approach it, but the journey always makes me grow. Thanks for your open hearted attitude, and for sticking with it.
  • Noah Maze     Mar 18th, 2012
    Glad you guys are enjoying!
  • Mary-Kate Murray     Mar 18th, 2012
    Inside the egg...I like it. Thanks so much Noah, mkate
    • Noah Maze     Mar 3rd, 2013
      A good egg.
  • Heather Heather     Mar 18th, 2012
    YOU HELPED ME get into Feathered Peacock for the first time. I got around the "shoulder wall" and made the pose my B...Bestfriend! <3 Thanks Noah!
    • Noah Maze     Mar 3rd, 2013
      You are welcome, Heather. But of course, YOU did it. not me....
  • Huda Mussa     Mar 18th, 2012
    lovely class. learned a lot .
  • Jeanette Darbyshire     Mar 18th, 2012
    Thanks Noah. That was hilarious and ended the weekend on a high!
    • Noah Maze     Mar 3rd, 2013
      Jeanette, I love it when people find me hilarious. A sense of humor and playfulness in yoga is as important as focus and discipline. I am constantly amazed these days, as I watch my kids grow, how pleased I am when they laugh at themselves or crack a joke. Oliver (my one year old) cracks himself up all time. All this to say that it's a great compliment to make you laugh and smile. Thanks for coming to class.