Yoga invites us to drop beneath the surface of life into quieter, more introspective realms; at our house it’s a family affair.
First and foremost, it’s important to pay close attention — especially to one’s breathing.
Next, sink into stillness and get comfortable…
Our online instructor says, “Yoga straps help us stretch to the limit, increasing flexibility and muscular strength.” Willa’s look says, “You have GOT to be kidding!”
“Happy Baby” pose gently brings a greater awareness to the hip joints.
The “Butterfly” pose (also known as “Cobbler’s” pose) provides relief to muscle tension around the inner thigh area.
We use several props in our practice. Lexi will be the equivalent of 77 human years this August. She appreciates the comfortable support of an extra blanket throughout the session.
Legs-up-the-wall (or simply balanced in the air) is a posture that gets blood flowing to parts of the body that need it.
Willa is doing an exaggerated “Downward Facing Dog” pose. This posture feels especially good after resting because it elongates and lengthens the back. And as a mild inversion, it’s great for increasing blood flow to the brain and eyes.
Certain yoga postures can strengthen the cervical curve in the back of the neck.
Commonly referred to as “Corpse” pose, we simply call it “Dead Dog” at our house.
After a balanced practice, the muscles in the entire body will have been stretched. “Shavasana” provides the body with a chance to regroup and reset itself.
Namaste — hands held in prayer-like fashion in front of the heart, accompanied by a slight bow — represents the belief that there’s a divine spark within each of us. This gesture is an acknowledgment of the soul in one, by the soul in another.
nam means bow as means I te means you
Therefore, namaste literally means “bow I you” or “I bow to you.”
If you have animal companions at home, what do they enjoy doing with you?
Although I’m not a resolution maker, each New Year’s Eve I select a single word to focus on in the upcoming year. In 2013 it’s peace and all of its derivatives.
An enthusiastic proponent of affirmations and an avid believer in Gandhi’s be the change, this year’s focus word and positive statements concentrate on each aspect of my being — body, mind, and spirit — and how I choose to be in the world:
I have a peaceful, healthy body.
I have a peaceful, creative mind.
I have a peaceful, joy-filled spirit.
Some people write their word of choice and place it on a computer screen, car dashboard, refrigerator door, or other prominent places as a convenient reminder.
Somewhat like a modified rosary or mala beads, I wear a necklace with three small clear quartz drops — one for each peaceful affirmation.
“Words have the power to both destroy and heal. When words are both true and kind, they can change our world.” — Buddha