There is within every human personality a child. Everyone can remember how it was to be a child, to feel the inner freedom of a child and to experience life in a simple way.
This inner child is very wise.
It feels CONNECTED to ALL LIFE.
It knows LOVE without question.
This inner child gets covered as we become adults and try to live by our rational minds only.
This limits us.
We all long for freedom – it is through the child that it will be gained.
– Barbara Ann Brennan “Hands of Light”
Wow – this is an amazing description of each of the 26 postures and the two breathing exercises in the Bikram Yoga Sequence – what you are strengthening, stretching, stimulating – the benefits and what is happening within your body during each posture. Well worth the click thru. http://byeyyoga.com/26-postures/
Camel Pose…Open up your heart….. let’s open ourselves to the possibility of including, rather than excluding, of connecting, rather than overlooking, of caring, rather than being indifferent. And ultimately, we open in this way to all beings everywhere, without distinction, without separation.
May all beings live in peace, be happy, be healthy, live with ease.
Stand on your mat and ground yourself through your feet, firm up your legs, engage your abdomen and fold over with a flat straight spine, bending your knees if necessary. Place your hands on your mat or on your shins. Inhale and lift your hips towards the sky, exhale reach the crown of your head down – elongating your spine.
Breath is calm and deep – in and out through your nose. Bring deep awareness to your breath – feel your breath coming into and leaving your body. Slow your mind – focus on your breath and your body. Allow your upper body to “dump over” your lower body – release all tension in your back, your shoulders, your neck, your head – envision any tension or stress pouring out of your body through the crown of your head. Nod your head easily – really let go. Allow your upper body to become heavy and completely relaxed. Relax your chest, your neck, your facial muscles. Breathe out all of the stress and tension from your day.
When you release, engage your abdomen, and come back up slowly. You can roll yourself up, articulating each vertebrae in your spine if you like. Roll your shoulders down and back. mmmm!
- Stretches your legs and your entire back
- Elongates and rejuvenates your spine
- Floods your brain with blood, energizing your mind and body
- Stimulates digestive organs
- Relieves tension from back, neck, head
Teaching Chaturanga by Morven Watt at Elephant Journal
Standing Bow Pulling Pose is beautiful and graceful and helps develop concentration, determination, and patience. Additionally Standing Bow improves flexibility and strength in the spine, strengthens every muscle, relieves lower back pain, improves function of the cardiovascular system, flushes kidneys, and revitalizes the endocrine system, improves muscle fatigue, lethargy, and stimulates the nervous system. It is a perfect example of the tourniquet effect in yoga, because it pushes the blood to one side of the body. As the posture is held, the blood is equalized. As the posture is released, fresh blood is circulated to each internal organ, gland, and cell.
See this video:
Every yoga teacher has taught me something incredible – and Cristina Rey, co-owner of Be Hot Yoga Atlanta, is no exception. I’ve gained a deeper physical, mental, and spiritual practice from her. Cristina focuses on Balance, Alignment, Stillness, and Energy. In this short clip, she reiterates three additional things…