Today was a very busy day in the studio. Saturdays generally are kind of Yoga crazy in a fun and inspirational way. Lots of people “getting their yoga on.” I feel so blessed so share this blissed out energy. It is great to love what you do and get to share it!
Today a new chapter of Intro to yoga started at the studio.I am always inspired by the beginners mind! It was a very full class and I was grateful to Heather ( our devoted shala student) for helping teach this class. She is an exceptional teacher in the making and I am grateful for her energy and to be part of her journey.
The fresh new group of Yogis and Yoginis is very dynamic. We have all ages and their paths are so varied and so interesting. Their goals are simple; to feel better and to take time for themselves. At the beginning of the class everyone was free to share their stories and what brought to this seat of devotion- the practice of yoga. The common theme for everyone was self care-helping sore backs, necks and dealing with monkey mind. I was really amazed at how open people were to clearing their minds by moving their bodies. Most everyone was open to more then just powering through asana.
I was particularly moved and inspired by a student who is battling cancer. He shared his courageous story and broke down in class. I was so touched that he felt safe and secure to express his true feelings in our presence. When I thanked him for sharing, he confessed to me that he was being strong for his family and today it finally got to him and he lost it. I felt that he found it; what was truthful and what was authentic.
Yoga teaches us that being our authentic self and sharing from our hearts will bring us freedom in our minds and our bodies. I am really excited to share this journey with these new students. They are fresh and full of promise as the step more deeply and powerfully on the path of self discovery.
Today we focused on the foundations in the physical practice and how to ease an achy back. How we place and empower our hands and feet in our asana practice determines how good we feel in the posture. When we focus on the foundations and make them solid it can be a metaphor for life. If you are solid in your beliefs and your intentions and supported by universe then anything is possible. Proper placement of the hands and feet create stability, focus, strength and power. It can also relieve back pain, knee pain and most pains in your neck…(depending LOL.)
You can try it for yourself:
- please stand with your feet inner hip distance apart and lift and spread your toes then lightly place them on the earth
- root down the four corners of your feet: big toe mound then the inner heel of your foot; outer heel of your foot and pinky toe mound ( think of aligning 4 wheels on a car..the four wheels of your feet)
- now lift the arches of your feet.
- drawn your shin toward each other as you widen your thighs apart.
- now power up your legs
- widen your sitting bones back and gently scoop your tailbone by lifting and drawing your low belly in and up.
- move your low ribs back and puff out your kidneys
- create lots length at the sides of your body (between your hips and your arm pits
- draw the lower tips of your shoulder blades to the bottom of heart
- as lift up from the crown of head
- stand in your own personal power.
Now feel your back sigh with relief. I like to think of this as the stance of empowerment and no back pain. Now I can move with mindfulness in the expansiveness of the universe without being pushed down easily. I am standing in my powerful self.
When you do yoga how do you feel empowered? Please let me know…
Until next time….