Monday, May 16, 2016
Theme: connecting to a power greater then ourself.
Anecdote: Marianne Williamsom's quote "gods love is the electricity and we must be the lamps" I love this. It's like we are all lamps with a cord that is plugged into a wall and we are powered up with electricity from a greater source. (Whatever you want to call this source Grace, Goddess, God, Spirit, Nature, Science...). And we feel so good being plugged in. But then we start doing are own thing and we start moving further and further away from the wall and our cord gets tight and then... It unplugs from the wall! and we wonder what happened? Why don't we feel good any more? Why don't we feel connected? Loved? Joy?... This is one of the blessing we get from our yoga practice. It is a time for us to connect to something bigger then our small self and connect to something bigger. To remember the big picture. To open to grace! Practicing yoga is one of the ways we stay close to the wall and stay plugged in. Other ways I "stay close to the wall" is meditating, journaling, spending time alone in nature, being present with my children, and having honest heartfelt conversations with friends. In today practice we are going to plug back in to something bigger then ourself. We are going to move toward our heart and away from our head and our stress that keeps us wrapped up in our small self.
Upa: this month we are focusing on upper body alignment. The first few weeks we focused on getting our side bodies long (SBL), then we added onto that broadening our collar bones. In Anusara yoga we call this inner body bright (IBB). Now we are going to add on by using our muscles (muscular energy) and drawing the head of our arm bones back (ABB). This is sometimes called melting you heart in Anusara. When we do these actions we are literally moving our shoulders away from our head and physically plugging into our heart. How lovely is that?!
Apex: urdhva danurasana
Heart quality: love
Props: 2 blocks, blanket
1/2 sun salutations 3x
Audo Muka Svanasana (AMS) push ups
High runners lunge twist one hand down
Tadasana interlace hands above head sbl, IBB, abb
Wall pec stretch abb
Prone pec stretch abb
High runners lunge twist- Lunge twist - tree zombie arms sbl IBB abb reach up
Low lunge quad stretch- upright twist with quad stretch
Half moon quad
Pincha wall sbl IBB abb
Urdhva top of head plugging (option hands on blocks at wall) sbl IBB abb
Mantra missile wall foot on wall
Supta baddha konasana
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