This month, we have been focusing on maintenance of energy. Depending upon the weather, the stressors of our day, how much we slept, what we ate, or the general state of our bodies and minds, the energy we need, may be very different.
Did you wake up roughly this morning, stiff from a poor night's sleep? Perhaps you forgot to buy coffee or tea for your morning cup on your weekly grocery run; you're feeling sluggish and the only thing you want to do is go back to bed or at the very least, sit and do nothing all day? You're in need of waking up your bones, your blood, your mind.
Or is it that you spent all day on your feet, serving customers, chasing your kids, running from office to office? Your mind is racing, your limbs are vibrating, and what you really need is a sense of stability, of grounding... a moment of silence to connect with the ground below your feet, with just yourself.
These are very different places to be and each of us has had these days in our past. There is a different requirement to stabilize ourselves and find that balance of energy. For this span of needs, let's turn to goddess pose.
You asked, we answered! The rain date from yesterday's class will be next week :
Wednesday, September 16th at 6:00pm.
There will be no class on 9/17. See you all there!
Well, we're rained out!
Although I don't typically offer a rain date for this weekly class, I will be scheduling one for this class given that the September 17th class is already cancelled while I am out of town.
If you have thoughts or preferences on a great time to have class between Sunday 9/13 and Wednesday 9/16, feel free to give us a shout! Leave a comment, message us on Facebook, or shoot an email to email@example.com!
Either way, the final rain date and time will be posted here, on social media, and via email by tomorrow evening (Friday 9/11). Stay tuned!
As we move into the month of September, we prepare ourselves for change. The weather slowly cools, the days become shorter and darker and our bodies prepare to settle and hibernate for the winter. With these changes, we often find our minds following the body's lead slowing our thoughts, our motivation, and our productivity.
For the month of September, we will focus on gaining and maintaining energy before the draining of the seasonal change, beginning with the Midweek Mudra.
I particularly like Anushasana Mudra for its simplicity. Pointing or creating the number one with our hands is something that most of us do on a regular basis. It's a familiar and often comfortable position for the hands to form. It is a gesture that can be adjusted to use one or both hands; it can be taken during a meeting, in the car, or even as you take a walk.
While the primary function of this mudra is to balance energy in all directions, it also has the benefits of increasing body awareness, lengthening the breath, supporting physical alignment, and creating a sense of alertness and wholeness in the self.
To find Anushasana Mudra:
1. Curl the middle, ring, and pinkie fingers in toward the palm, wrapping the thumbs around the fingers
2. Extend the index fingers outward (just like you're creating a "number one")
3. Hold hands out to the side of the body with palms facing upward, elbows resting gently near the ribs or allow the backs of the hands to rest on your lap
4. Relax the shoulders back and down, allowing the spine to be naturally aligned
Back pain. It comes in all sorts of horrible shapes and sizes... and usually at the worst times.
One of the biggest challenges with treating back pain is determining its cause. However, there are a handful of tools we can use that are likely to support a myriad types of back pain. Viparaita Karani, Legs up the Wall, is one of those tools.
But now maybe you're thinking, "I can't get onto the floor like that" or "That puts even more pressure on by back to straighten my legs that way". No problem! Whatever the concern, there is a krama, or level of modification, for any need.
In addition to the commonly pictured version of this pose (as above) there are many adjustments that may be a better support on a given day or for a particular type of pain. Some of the many options are listed below; pictures follow.
Six weeks into quarantine and I've yet to post a video as I said I would. From the outside, even to those not so far on the outside, it seems a little (maybe a lot) like I've once again said I would "get my yoga going" and just let it fall to the wayside.
In some ways, I feel that with myself as well. There are plenty of times I start a project—or say I'll start a project—and then never get to it. Or, I might start it and then leave it there for two or three days. Okay, months. Alright fine, years. Part of the problem is the interconnectedness of everything for me. I want to put all the pictures into an album, but first I want the space to sit and leave it out so I can complete it over multiple sittings, so then I need to clean that space, and then as I begin to clean that space, I am reminded of other things that I feel should be done first... and on, and on, and on.
So during this quarantine, I have utilized this time to really put my space together, to make my house feel not just like home, but like my sanctuary. My perfect place to be. And would you believe it? I’m almost done! This is an excellent feeling as, for me, it means I am finally feeling the readiness I was looking for to present yoga to others, in a clean, calm, comfortable space where I can focus on sharing asana, breathwork and meditation.
Here’s the thing: often when we think of yoga, the vision that comes to mind is a group of relatively young, thin, hyper-flexible women in a room together twisting and turning upside-down into seemingly impossible positions. But you know what? That’s not even a slice—it’s only a sliver—of what yoga encompasses.