Yesterday, I had a lovely day off from yoga spending it with my mom and sister. Lunch at the Lederach Tea Room and then off to the Peter Becker Flower Show. Mother/daughter/sister time is so precious to me. I could just see the beautiful circle of our womanhood, and interconnectedness of our genes. I am looking forward to my very own mother/daughter/sister day out with my own children.
Here is a picture of my project for this spring taken from one of the displays at the flower show. If you get the opportunity, check out their show this year, most appropriately named, “My Favorite Things”.
Breathing Through the Back of the Body
This breath can be practiced in all poses but I find it easier to feel the back body in Childs pose (Balasana) or while doing Cat/Cow. Begin with your Three-Part Breath, Belly, ribs to chest. Taking a few minutes to establish a rhythm. Then deepen inhalation to move the breath to the low back (feel expansion from front to back and side to side), next moving to mid-back (expansion again) and finally to the upper thoracic spine with expansion. Feel the shoulders shift away from each other. I like to imagine that breath getting into all of the nooks and crannies of the back. On each exhalation, sink the body down, melting it to the floor. Empty air out until there is nothing left but to fill again. Remain here for as long as you want or feel comfortable doing so. Slowly rise up out of the pose.
Supported Childs Pose (Balasana)
Supported Bridge Pose (Setu Bandhagarasana)
Make two stacks of two double or triple fold blankets on top of each other. Placed the two stacks end to end. Height and width of blankets can be adjusted for your body. Sit down straddling one of the stacks and carefully lower yourself down onto forearms, swing your legs on to other stack and lie down. Neck roll is placed at top stack, lower shoulder and head to floor. Neck is supported by neck roll and head is completely flat on floor with forehead and chin on the same plane. Arms stretched out to the sides. The stacks of blankets should be long enough for the entire body to be resting on including the feet. Option to put strap around calves if the legs are rolling outward. Stay for up to 15 minutes. Roll off blankets slowly and bring knees to chest with some movement.