This is how we have started our classes this week.
And between here and savasna, our final resting pose, where we lay, as the saying goes,..."flat out like a lizard lying in the sun", there was a whole lot of amazing stuff going on.
More physically – twist more, open more, extend more. And along with these things, yoga asks us to find the quiet within, to find the balance between surrendering into the pose and balancing on the edge of the precipice to challenge ourselves in the pose without pushing too hard.
And then, we are supposed to breathe. Fully. Deeply. I know…it’s a big ask.
In our classes we don’t do rock star yoga…but this week, everyone has rocked.
The consistent, steady work you have all done up to this point allowed you to at least have a play with some of the seemingly impossible poses without fear or ego getting in the way.
The practice has been hard – deep openings, with strength and stillness required. It is never an easy road…we are always fighting with either a wayward mind or a body that seems to not want to bend or stretch as we wish it to.
There are still 2 classes this week on Friday 6.15am and 8am, for anyone wanting to explore and play a little. It won’t be easy, but, I promise you, it will be worthwhile.
It is always an absolute pleasure to teach you all.
The pictured pose is a great pose – Viparita Karani.
I have the hands resting gently on the belly – this is simply to connect with the breath. Arms can be beside the body, palms facing up, or even over the head, opening up into the shoulders and side body a little more.
Some Benefits of Legs Up the Wall Pose:
- Regulates blood flow
- Alleviates menstrual cramps
- Relieves swollen ankles and varicose veins
- Improves digestion
- Restores tired feet or legs
- Stretches the back of the neck, front torso, and back of the legs
- Relieves mild backache
- Calms anxiety – great to help you settle for sleep in the night
- Ancient Hindu scriptures say it is a great pose for wrinkles and old age…better get those legs up the wall!