Yoga: Day 26 (7/21/12) shine a flashlight
Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana after Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana after Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana….no complaints here though. There are so many components to this semi-easy looking pose and I proudly strolled out of Anna’s 10am class at BYS with a contented smile on my face. Shoulders back, elongate the spine, lengthen the side bodies, drop the top hip, pull the psoas into the socket, flex the feet, spread the toes, and my ultimate favorite direction from Anna, shine a flashlight on the back of the kneecap. What does this mean? It took some pensive contemplation, but what I eventually came up with is that my standing leg should be so straight that if someone were to shine a flashlight on the back of my knee, it would depict the exact circular image of the light.
Today I felt yesterday’s intense practice throughout my skeleton. My shins, calves, sitz bones, lower back, shoulders and neck. I love it. Next I’d LOVE for my abs to hurt every time I laugh…
And then came my second class of the day! I attended another Kundalini class by Kendell. Since it’s a a new moon on Thursday, we did moon salutations. You can check out this blog to find a helpful portrayal of this sequence at:
Moon salutations, also known in sanskrit as Chandra Namaskar, "allow us to honor the yin or feminine side of our energy, in contrast to the Sun Salutations, which are more yang, or masculine, in nature. A resurgence of the Moon Salutation is part of the rediscovery of the divine feminine at this important time in our evolution. However, moon salutations are not just for women! Men can reconnect, realign and cool-down fiery impulses through Moon Salutations. Moon salutations can shift energy without increasing heat in the body and tend to be less stimulating than Sun Salutations, thereby balancing hot emotions, relaxing and calming the mind and body and restoring balance" (Eternity-yoga.com).
Saturday was a delightful balance between working super hard (Anna’s class) and seriously unwinding. Anna’s class being the energizing yang yoga and Kendell’s being the meditative yin. It is with the yin and the yang that the body and soul find balance.