Good Frosty afternoon all. This week’s blog is a combination of our practice from last week and this week. Now you will have a multitude of poses to enjoy and relax with.
I have been playing this little game that I call “Pass It On”. It really is not a game but when I explain to my two girls what I am doing, calling it a game just seems so much more fun to them. It goes something like this. When I make a purchase (small one), let’s say for example, a coffee at WAWA, or a food item somewhere else, I leave a few extra dollars for the next customer in line. Trusting that the salesclerk is honest, the next customer will receive a little gift. My hope is that they will pass it on, this kindness, this love, even if it is retelling the story of someone thinking of them.
Can it make a difference? Will it change the world in which we live in? I don’t have any scientific data to prove it will. Do I feel good when I do good? Yes, and that feeling spreads to my day to day interaction with others. Could this little gift to someone be the difference in how they act towards someone? All a possibility. And it is in the possibility that I continue. For obvious financial reasons, my anonymous gifts have to be spaced out and kept at a minimum amount, or I would go broke.
Perhaps give this a try next time you are getting your cup of coffee from Dunkin Donuts. Or maybe you don’t, that is okay, but pause and think of the reaction of someone that just got your “Pass It On”. One more thing, if I am giving a dollar bill, I will write “Pass It On” on the bill.
I can’t resist this song from the Wailers – Pass It On!
Supported Head to Knee Pose (Janu Sirasana Supported)
Props: bolster, block, 1 blanket rolled up, 3 blankets, neck rolls
Benefits: Stretch hamstrings, low back, ease the symptoms of sciatica, hip opener, aids digestive system, ease anxiety.
Set up one blanket to sit on. Sit on blanket. Come into pose with one leg extended and the other leg bent with foot against inner thigh of extended leg. Take rolled blanket and place under knee of extended leg. Place bolster along side this leg and snuggle it against your abdomen. Block goes under far end of bolster to keep it stable. Place a neck roll under extended ankle for comfort. Add additional blankets on top of bolster, so you can easily rest your forehead down without strain to your neck. Support forearms and hands on edges of rolled up blanket if space. Breath in and extend upper body as far forward as you can until you are on bolster. Take a few deep breaths to adjust to pose, grow comfortable. Make any adjustments with more blankets or neck rolls for the head. 5-7 minutes on each side. Shake legs out between sides.
Legs up the Wall (Viparita Karani)
Props: 1-2 blankets, strap, eye pillow, blanket for warmth, neck roll, a bolster for behind legs
Benefits: increases circulation and helps venous and lymphatic flow from the lower body; relieves swelling and fatigue in the legs; helps relieve muscular skeletal stress in pelvis; quiets the mind and can help promote ease in meditation and sleep.
Begin with using a double-folded blanket to be placed right above sacrum (see photo), setting it approx. distance 6-8″ from wall (adjust in pose). Sit down on the blanket with one hip pressed right up against the wall. As you lower down, swing your legs up the wall. Once in the pose, you can adjust distance to wall, angle of legs to all, blanket and placement of legs all for comfort. Hips and tailbone will be in space between wall and blanket. Arms rest by your side, palms face up or variation with Goddess arms (photo above).
Place a blanket on chair so you don’t feel the hard surface. If you need to elevate the body, you can place a triple fold blanket in front of chair, then place your hips on blanket to one side, swing the legs up onto the seat of the chair as you lower your upper body onto the mat or floor. Use a neck roll to support cervical spine. Place a blanket or sandbag on legs to ground you in the pose. Arms release to the sides with palms turned up. Use an eye pillow to shut out any light for ultimate relaxation. An eye pillow or some type of weighted object (I’ve used stuffed animals) can be placed in open palms to move and free up energy. Stay for up to 10 minutes. Your beginning practice may consist of only 5 minutes. Feel the legs drain, the stress melt away.
Place a double or triple folded blanket under your abdomen as you belly down on the mat. Legs extended, muscles released. Fold arms under head and rest forehead on them. Modify arm/head position for most comfort.