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Yemaya's Delight on Mixed Greens
with Cranberry Vinaigrette
Tumeric and Garlic Roasted Potatoes
with Roasted Garlic Aioli
Almond Rocker Rooibos Tea
Thai Coconut Mushroom Soup
Dijon Marinated Beets
Cherry Rose Festival Green Tea
My new Flip it Feb goal - working on my forearm balance, away from the wall, really using breath and bandhas rather than the power of the legs.
Here’s one of my favorite quotes from Lara Heimann when working on this in her Breath and Bandhas 500hr module:
“Do not think about getting up into vertical - think about what is happening in the body. Think about the process, not the end goal. The end goal is a great thing to visualize but if you are consumed with that and not the process you will not get to the end goal very well.”
Good advice for inversions, good advice for life.
I haven’t worked on forearm balance away from the wall very much - I think because I feel less confident in my fall-out plan with this posture and so have more fear of falling. But working with the seal of the bandhas to find lightness and lift is much more stable (and so it’s also less scary), and will also be more satisfying because you are truly building the strength needed to lift with lightness and hold it.
Try starting in quadruped with forearms down. Inhale, and then exhale fully, expanding your breath into your upper back, chin in. Really lift the front body to get your upper back lifted between the shoulder blades. Getting your breath all the way into the upper back, your accessing deeper muscles of the core. With that feeling, lift up into dolphin. Bring one leg in, getting the thigh and belly together (it’s ok to bend that knee if the hamstring is tight). Get the upper lift between the shoulder blades, seal of the belly in toward the back, get the thigh in close to the ribs, a little bend of the knees, inhale, and a little push from the toe as you exhale and seal it. The pull of the belly is what brings the pelvis up, not a huge push from the power of the legs.
From the evolution of cat —> dolphin —> peacock feather (forearm balance) feel the lightness and lift, and enjoy studying the process.
I’ll keep working on it :)
We’re going to Flip It African Safari Style in Strong Foundations tonight!
This practice is inspired by my sister, who is truly flipping Feb this year - she’s going on an African Safari for the whole month of February! This is not just on a whim. This is a lifelong dream, ever since her first stuffed animal as a kid. She’s worked hard, saved money, saved all her vacation days at work, and is flippin DOING IT! When I spoke to her before she left, she said she wanted to feel what it must have been like at the beginning, before civilization, to walk the land, be among the animals. Her love of animals and kinship with them has always been inspiring to me - for years now instead of Christmas presents she’s asked for charity donations to sponsor orphaned rhinos and elephants. And she will truly be walking the land, not just driving a jeep into a game park. She and her husband are taking a walking tour, hiking to each destination and camping for weeks.
Which is awesome. And when she told me, I thought, a bit scary!
I said, “Don’t get eaten by a lion! Please come home safe!”
And her response? “Even if I don’t, just know that I was sooooooooooooo happy!!”
Wow. Thanks for the reminder, Katie.
Abhyasa - Practice, discipline
Vairagya - Nonattachment
Isvarapranidhana - Surrender to a higher source
To see the divine in all living beings, to practice with discipline towards your goals and in service to others, and then knowing you’ve done what you can, let go, and surrender without attachment and rejoice - that is yoga. (And then lather, rinse, repeat).
So in dedication to my sister and all of you
Lovers of the Earth
Friends of animals
Let’s go on a journey of self-discovery. Let’s feel the earth, see the light in others, experience kinship with animals in each asana, get in touch with your own internal compass to guide your actions in service to others, build strength through practice, let go, and feel it ALL from beginning to end and everything in between.
Let’s go on a flippin African Safari tonight!
5:45 - 7:15pm at Yoga Lab
See you there