{chair pose}

{chair pose}

We did a dozen or so of these last night in class. I'm not sure everyone enjoyed it as much as I did.

From a forward fold, lift to your chair pose. 
Take a look down to see that knees are behind the toes. 
Tuck the tail to take the deep curve out of the back. Bring hands to prayer or to goalpost arms and drop shoulders. 
Surrender to this pose and feel how different it feels when you release the struggle to hold it.

{ishvara pranidhana}

{ishvara pranidhana}

The last of our five Niyamas, our second limb of yoga, means surrender.  This can mean surrendering yo your divinity- God, nature, the present moment – whatever it means to you.

Release attachments to outcomes, release yourself release yourself from judgements, expectations, your ego.

Surrender to the idea that there is something bigger than yourself. You are exactly where you were meant to be and everything is working out. 

{svadhyaya}

{svadhyaya}

Self-study. THE LITTLE BOOK OF YOGA says that traditionally this meant “engrossing one’s self in text and scripture”.  Today, we may handle it a little differently but always with the same goal: to find your authentic self, to make daily decision that are in line with your life and life goals, and in turn live a more authentic life.

Be honest with yourself. When you feel anger, jealousy, and resentment – get real with yourself about the “why” of it. Take that honest answer (you don’t have to share it) and take the opportunity to grow! 

{chair pose}

{chair pose}

From a forward fold, lift to your chair pose.

Take a look down to see that knees are behind the toes.  

Tuck the tail to take the deep curve out of the back. Bring hands to prayer or to goalpost arms and drop shoulders.

 Surrender to this pose and feel how different it feels when you release the struggle to hold it. 

{bound angle pose}

{bound angle pose}

Aka : Butterfly

In a seated position, sit tall and bring the soles of the feet together. Let the knees drop open. Wrap hands around the top of the feet or ankles.

Sit tall and breathe.  Or take a nice deep breath, and on the exhale hinge at the hips and fold forward.  You can place the elbows on the inside of the thighs for some gentle pressure if it feels good.

I like to hinge forward and place my forearms on the floor, pushing them into my shins to lengthen my spine. 

{shoulder stand}

{shoulder stand}

Shoulder stand stretches the neck, shoulders, and the throat.   Lay down on your mat, stretch arms long beside you and press down into your palms. Use the core to lift legs and low back off the mat and bring hands to low back.  Walk your hands down your back and straighten and stack the body.  Working to bring your body in to a vertical position.  

{bring your hands to heart center}

{bring your hands to heart center} 

Anjali Mudra

We do it a lot. What does it mean? 

When we “bring our hands to prayer” in our practice, we are using a mudra.  A mudra is a gesture of devotion. We bring hands to meet to symbolize a union.  It is thought to quiet your mind and open your heart. 
Bring palms together in front of the heart. Press thumbs gently into your sternum. 

I honor you!

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