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.
Deviasana, or Goddess Pose, is a balance of softness and strength. In it's own standard form, we feel our feet root to the earth as our wide, even stance provides a strong foundation for the frame of the body. As we lengthen the spine and open the chest and shoulders, we allow the possibility of energy to gather, dissipate, and flow freely throughout our being. Extending the elbows out from the shoulders, reaching the fingertips toward the sky with palms facing forward in front, the upper extremities mirror our foundation. We simultaneously draw and release energy as we connect to earth and sky.
About the pose:
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