I am so so glad to be back in the swing of things this week. Last week, I had a family emergency, that put my life as I knew it “on hold”. But now that I look back on it, life really was not “on hold” at all. Life happens and that includes family emergencies. I think my yoga practice helped me realize this enough, that I appreciated the time that I had supporting my family in this emergency. My yoga practice most recently has been less about the physical and more about mindfulness, meditation and inspiration. I still move, dance, rock it out while making that a smaller percentage of my practice.
My friend and colleague, Jenny Lee, shared with me and the world an introduction to meditation that I have been practicing lately. I now want to pass this on to you as my gift. She is an excellent instructor and everything that she does is from the heart. Begin with 5 minutes in the meditation practice, staying focused, present on just that time. Check it out…
A Book Review
The second gift that I want to share with you is a review of the book, Becoming Wise by Krista Tippett. I have been listening to this book on CD in my car whenever I get the opportunity. I recommend the audio book so you can hear some of the personal interviews. Krista’s insights are timely for the state of our world, our lives. She weaves in the stories told by her guests into her own reflections. It is quite contemplative and each morsel brings me closer to myself and to others in our humaness. She guides and invites you to delve deeper into Words, Flesh, Love, Faith, and Hope. More than once, I have mentally bookmarked chapters to return to for further study. A study in myself and the world around me. This book seems so closely aligned with the Yoga Sutra 1.0, “With humility (an open heart and mind), I begin my sacred study of Yoga.”
Side Lean with Extended Legs
Props: bolster or 2 or 3 pillows or blankets
Wide Angle Forward Fold
Props: bolster, two blocks, 4 or more blankets, neck roll (optional)
Benefits: releases the pelvis which can help release tension in the buttocks, hips, belly and lower back. Quiets the organs of digestion and elimination. Opens lower back area. As head rests on bolster, releases tension in frontalis where we hold stress in contracted state. Cooling and calming to overall body.